Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini says their decision to put the name of Deputy President Cryil Ramaphosa forward to be the next president for the ruling party was guided by the principles of the trade union.
During its three-day central executive meeting, Cosatu announced that it will be lobbying and influencing the African National Congress (ANC) structures to support Ramaphosa.
Dlamini says Ramaphosa is capable of uniting the alliance and supporting working working class, as well as fighting corruption.
He says the attacks on the ANC, divisions and factions within the ANC have made them decide to put forward the name of Ramaphosa.
Our assessment this time around was that this matter is worse than they were in 2007.— Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President
I'm referring to the high offensive against the ANC has led by the opposition which has multiplied and become more confident than it was at that particular time.— Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President
I'm referring to international organisations which are in the country and funding campaigns to dislodge the African National Congress this time.— Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President
I'm also referring to the weaknesses within the alliance, and divisions and factions.— Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President
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