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ramaphosa2Bloomberg writes that SA’s largest labour grouping Cosatu is campaigning for a strong mandate for President Cyril Ramaphosa in next month’s general election and has vowed to fight any attempt by factions within the ruling party to remove him from power after the vote.  

Ramaphosa’s narrow victory for leader of the ANC in December 2017 has left him with a tenuous grip over the party and speculation is that the losing faction linked to ex-President Jacob Zuma and secretary-general Ace Magashule plan to manoeuvre him out of office before his next term ends.  Support from Cosatu was instrumental in helping Ramaphosa win, and to replace Zuma as president a year ago.  “That will be the day they want to kill the alliance.  We will oppose any attempt to remove Ramaphosa.  It will be the worst kind of betrayal,” Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali commented.  A strong mandate for Ramaphosa in the election could give him more clout within the party and allow him to push through reforms.  “We want to get the ANC 60% and above.  Given our work, because we are on the ground campaigning for the ANC, the party is going to get the necessary majority in order for them to implement their resolutions,” opined Michael Shingange, Cosatu’s first deputy president.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Amogelang Mbatha and Nkululeko Ncana at Moneyweb

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