City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:13:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Infighting will kill Cosatu – Vavi http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/infighting-will-kill-cosatu-vavi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=infighting-will-kill-cosatu-vavi http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/infighting-will-kill-cosatu-vavi/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:12:53 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137184 Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has warned that the labour federation risks irrelevance if it doesn’t stop infighting and get its house in order.

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Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has warned that the labour federation risks irrelevance if it doesn’t stop infighting and get its house in order.

Speaking at the national congress of nursing union Denosa, at the Birchwood conference centre in Boksburg today, Vavi admitted that the federation was paralysed by infighting and that this would start alienating members.

“Workers follow unions on the basis of the victory it scores today not tomorrow. Time is running out for us in the leadership of the federation to fix our house and avoid reducing it to irrelevance,” he said.

He said younger workers who are joining Cosatu unions did not have sentimental attachment to its history but wanted strong unions that would fight for their labour rights.

“Young workers don’t remember the Cosatu of old. They judge it for its performance of today,” he said.

Vavi was in a boisterous mood after receiving a hero’s welcome from a union that is part of the eight Cosatu-affiliated unions, along with Numsa, that support him.

Earlier, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande had received a muted welcome from the delegates.

He warned that Cosatu affiliates should avoid being turned into sweetheart unions, saying they should defend their independence and that of important institutions of state, such as the Public Protector, that are battling corruption.

Nzimande had earlier warned delegates to be vigilant at all times and ask questions about the investments made by their unions. He said some unions’ leaders were using the millions garnered through investment vehicles to fight personal battles, a tacit reference to metalworkers union Numsa and its leaders who wanted out of Cosatu and the alliance.

“Union leaders are corruptible and co-optable. As union members you are big business,” said Nzimande.

The SACP boss also denied that his party was behind the infighting in Cosatu and said it worked very hard to support workers and get Cosatu to where it is today.

Mantashe rubbished assertions that the ANC wanted to weaken Cosatu and turn into a labour desk reporting to Luthuli House. He said if the ANC wanted a labour desk it would form one itself and not weaken Cosatu in that manner.

“The ANC doesn’t want Cosatu to be a labour desk. We will never draft resolutions for Cosatu,” he said.

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SA is ‘swimming’ in high unemployment state http://www.citypress.co.za/business/sa-swimming-high-unemployment-state/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sa-swimming-high-unemployment-state http://www.citypress.co.za/business/sa-swimming-high-unemployment-state/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:01:51 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137187 South Africa is in a high unemployment state, statistician-general Pali Lehohla has said.

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South Africa is in a high unemployment state, statistician-general Pali Lehohla has said.

“The story line in South Africa is that we are in a high unemployment state, over a very long period of time from 2008, and we can go back to 2001,” he said at the release of Stats SA’s 2014 third-quarter labour-force survey in Pretoria.

“We have been swimming in that state for quite some time. Those who are in nonpermanent employment are really vulnerable … When you don’t work you lose skills and you lose capacity to perform, and then you become less employable.”

Those who did not work faced a downward cycle and as a result of not working were feeling the creeping effects of poverty.

Out of a working population of 35.5 million people, aged between 15 and 64, 20.3 million formed the labour force. About 15.2 million people were not economically active, of which 2.5 million were discouraged job seekers.

About 15 million people had jobs in South Africa in the third quarter of 2014, and 5.2 million were unemployed.

Of the 15 million employed, 10.8 million were employed in the formal sector and 2.4 million in the informal sector. About 670 000 people were employed in the agricultural sector and 1.3 million were employed in private households.

Of the working-age population, 27.8% of women were officially unemployed, a 0.3% decrease from the second quarter of 2014, and 23.4% of men were officially unemployed.

Unemployed people were those aged 15 to 64 years of age actively looking for work or who tried starting a business in the weeks preceding Stats SA’s survey.

When using the expanded unemployment rate, 39.9% of women and 32.3% of men were unemployed.

The expanded unemployment rate included those no longer actively searching for work.

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Changes to gun laws on the way http://www.citypress.co.za/news/changes-gun-laws-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=changes-gun-laws-way http://www.citypress.co.za/news/changes-gun-laws-way/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:44:54 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137185 mendments to the Firearms Control Act will be introduced in Parliament next year, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has said.

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Amendments to the Firearms Control Act will be introduced in Parliament next year, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has said.

The amendments would be “technical in nature” and meant to close legal loopholes, he told journalists at Parliament today.

“We’ll need to take advantage of that to look at all other gaps … that will have to be closed around firearms control … at the level of practical measures,” Nhleko said.

About 5 000 applications for firearm licences were received monthly, and about 500 of these were rejected.

Nhleko said this was indicative of a larger societal problem.

“As the South African society we need to be concerned about the levels of violence within our society and the fact that we need to enter into a dialogue that seeks to assist us … to improve on our human relations from one person to another,” he said.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said despite consistent decreases in violent crime over the past few years, the use of guns to commit criminal acts was of concern.

“We certainly took a keen interest in the bill that we are piloting on gun control, tightening our control measures,” Masutha said.

“We would be looking at it from the point of view of whether we have strong enough penalties where there’s the use of ammunition in violent crimes.”

The bill was currently with the police ministry and would be sent to Cabinet for approval soon.

“It is indeed with police for further consultation with stakeholders. Maybe after the December holiday it will go to Parliament,” deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu said.

Earlier today, the ANC called for a review of the country’s gun laws to reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets.

“The time has come for us as a nation to review existing gun-control measures with a view to limiting access to guns that end in the wrong hands,” African National Congress spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

“The ANC calls for the total removal of illegal guns from society because these have proved to be a menace.”

This followed the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday night, and the wounding of ANC MP Jackson Mthembu during a robbery in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, earlier this month.

“What they had to contend with was … marauding gun-toting criminals who have no regard for human life,” Kodwa said.

The ANC believed stricter gun-control laws were needed to punish negligent firearm owners.

“We call on the judiciary to show no mercy for those in possession of illegal guns and those who are guilty of negligence,” said Kodwa.

“Maximum sentences should be imposed as a deterrent against those in possession and those who use these guns to mow down other human beings.”

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Pics – RiRi, Miley leave little to the imagination at amfAR http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/riri-miley-leave-little-imagination-amfar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=riri-miley-leave-little-imagination-amfar http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/riri-miley-leave-little-imagination-amfar/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:23:39 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137151 Hollywood stars came out in their numbers to attend the the American Foundation for Aids Research’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala honouring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on Wednesday (October 29 2014) in Hollywood, California

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Hollywood stars came out in their numbers to attend the the American Foundation for Aids Research’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala honouring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on Wednesday (October 29 2014) in Hollywood, California. Above: Recording artist Rihanna wowed in a white floor-length dress with a sheer bust by Tom Ford. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images The 26-year-old singer’s dress covered her nipples with purple gems. Picture: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Singer Miley Cyrus also got tongues wagging when she arrived in a risqué bondage dress with sheer panelling across the top. The revealing frock is also by honouree Tom Ford. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Cyrus brought her mother, Tish, as her date for the evening. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Model Alessandra Ambrosio donned a black sheer lace gown. Her delicate parts were covered in reptile skin like fabric. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic TV personality Kelly Osbourne showed off her weight loss in a figure-hugging polka dot frock. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Actress Gwenyth Paltrow kept things simple yet stylish in a plunging black blazer and slim-fit pants. Paltrow hosted the event. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Honouree Tom Ford, actress Rita Wilson and actor-singer Justin Timberlake. Rihanna presented Ford with the Aids group’s award of inspiration in recognition of his support in helping battle the disease. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Musician Chris Martin of Coldplay took to the stage for a surprise performance. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Actress Lisa Kudrow speaks during the amfAR LA Inspiration Gala. Other guests included Michelle Rodriguez and Kristin Davis. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images

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http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/riri-miley-leave-little-imagination-amfar/feed/ 0 Recording artist Rihanna Hollywood stars came out in their numbers to attend the the American Foundation for Aids Research’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala honouring Tom Ford at Milk Studios on Wednesday (October 29 2014) in Hollywood, California. <b>Above</b>: Recording artist Rihanna wowed in a white floor-length dress with a sheer bust by Tom Ford. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Recording artist Rihanna 2 The 26-year-old singer’s dress covered her nipples with purple gems. Picture: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Singer Miley Cyrus Singer Miley Cyrus also got tongues wagging when she arrived in a risqué bondage dress with sheer panelling across the top. The revealing frock is also by honouree Tom Ford. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Singer Miley Cyrus 2 Cyrus brought her mother, Tish, as her date for the evening. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Model Alessandra Ambrosio Model Alessandra Ambrosio donned a black sheer lace gown. Her delicate parts were covered in reptile skin like fabric. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic personality Kelly Osbourne TV personality Kelly Osbourne showed off her weight loss in a figure-hugging polka dot frock. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Gwenyth Paltrow kept Actress Gwenyth Paltrow kept things simple yet stylish in a plunging black blazer and slim-fit pants. Paltrow hosted the event. Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage Tom Ford, actress Rita Honouree Tom Ford, actress Rita Wilson and actor-singer Justin Timberlake. Rihanna presented Ford with the Aids group’s award of inspiration in recognition of his support in helping battle the disease. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Chris Martin of Coldplay Musician Chris Martin of Coldplay took to the stage for a surprise performance. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images Lisa Kudrow Actress Lisa Kudrow speaks during the amfAR LA Inspiration Gala. Other guests included Michelle Rodriguez and Kristin Davis. Picture: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images
SA police must investigate Zim torture claims http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sa-police-must-investigate-zim-torture-claims/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sa-police-must-investigate-zim-torture-claims http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sa-police-must-investigate-zim-torture-claims/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:09:45 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137179 The Constitutional Court has ordered the South African Police Service to investigate claims of torture against senior Zimbabwean officials.

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The Constitutional Court has ordered the South African Police Service to investigate claims of torture against senior Zimbabwean officials.

The Constitutional Court today dismissed an appeal by the national police commissioner against a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment that authorities should investigate the claims.

In a unanimous judgment by Acting Justice Stevan Majiedt the court concluded that the SAPS must investigate because it had a duty to do so under the Constitution, the International Criminal Court Act and South Africa’s international law obligation.

The court held that the duty to investigate international crimes was limited to instances where the country in which the crimes happened was unwilling or unable to investigate and if, on the facts and circumstances of the particular case, an investigation would be reasonable and practicable.

The court found that there was no evidence that Zimbabwean authorities were willing or able to pursue an investigation and that it would be reasonable and practicable for the SAPS to investigate the complaint because of the proximity between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It said there was a likelihood that the accused would be present in South Africa at some point, and there was a reasonable possibility that the SAPS would be able to gather evidence that may satisfy the elements of the crime of torture.

The court held that while the principle of nonintervention in another state’s territory had to observed, this would not be violated by an investigation conducted exclusively within South Africa.

The case was first brought by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Zimbabwean Exiles Forum in 2008 following a police raid on the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change the year before.

They argued that South Africa had domestic and international legal obligations to investigate and prosecute high-level Zimbabwean officials accused of crimes against humanity.

The two bodies handed over a dossier of evidence to the National Prosecuting Authority and the police. The dossier allegedly suggested torture in Zimbabwe sanctioned by that state.

In 2012, the North Gauteng High Court held that the South African authorities had not acted in accordance with their obligations, and that the decision not to probe the matter had been taken unlawfully and unconstitutionally.

The NPA and police appealed to the SCA in November last year.

The SCA held that the police, in particular, were empowered and required to investigate the crimes against humanity, as detailed in the dossier.

The national police commissioner appealed to the Constitutional Court.

The commissioner argued that based on international law principles of state sovereignty and the need for an accused’s actual presence in South Africa before an investigation could commence, the SAPS was unable to initiate an investigation into the alleged torture.

The respondents submitted that, while it was a prerequisite for prosecution, presence was unnecessary for initiating an investigation.

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Football fixtures postponed for Senzo’s funeral http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/football-fixtures-postponed-senzos-funeral/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=football-fixtures-postponed-senzos-funeral http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/football-fixtures-postponed-senzos-funeral/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:06:04 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137175 The Premier Soccer League executive committee has postponed all fixtures scheduled for this weekend.

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The Premier Soccer League executive committee has postponed all fixtures scheduled for this weekend.

The decision was taken at its monthly meeting in Joburg today.

“A decision was taken to postpone all Absa Premiership and National First Division fixtures scheduled for this weekend,” the PSL said.

“This was done following discussions between the league, title sponsors Absa, the broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders regarding the extraordinary circumstances relating to the death and funeral of the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa.”

Meyiwa, who was shot dead on Sunday evening in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, will be buried at his home town in Durban on Saturday morning. The funeral service will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Watch – Woman robbed inside complex http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-woman-robbed-inside-complex/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-woman-robbed-inside-complex http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-woman-robbed-inside-complex/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:04:38 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137170 CCTV footage shows a woman being pursued and beaten by two armed robbers in a complex in Killarney, Joburg. The video was posted online on Wednesday (October 29 2014) and has gone viral.

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Construction industry is the main creater of jobs http://www.citypress.co.za/business/construction-industry-main-creater-jobs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=construction-industry-main-creater-jobs http://www.citypress.co.za/business/construction-industry-main-creater-jobs/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:40 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137172 A total of 22 000 jobs have been created between the second and third quarters of this year, Statistics South Africa has said.

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A total of 22 000 jobs have been created between the second and third quarters of this year, Statistics South Africa has said.

Statistician-general Pali Lehohla, presenting the quarterly labour force survey’s results in Pretoria today, said the construction industry was the biggest driver of employment between the two quarters.

“Construction, quarter on quarter, is 99 000 [jobs created] and year on year, 135 000,” he said.

“You can see that … where jobs have been created substantially is in construction. So construction has become somewhat over a period of time up to now the main creator of jobs in South Africa.”

The most jobs lost quarter on quarter were in private households, which shed 110 000 jobs.

The unemployment rate declined by 0.1% to 25.4%, and the expanded unemployment rate was 35.8%, an increase of 0.2%.

Unemployed persons were those aged 15 to 64 years of age actively looking for work or who tried starting a business in the weeks preceding Stats SA’s survey.

The expanded unemployment rate included those no longer actively searching for work.

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Durban curry: Chop-chop, braise-braise, simmer simmer http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/chop-chop-braise-braise-simmer-simmer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chop-chop-braise-braise-simmer-simmer http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/chop-chop-braise-braise-simmer-simmer/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:45:43 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=136299  Cooking from a new book on Durban curry, poet and cultural critic Rustum Kozain  discovers the perfect everyday recipe. 

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Cooking from a new book on Durban curry, poet and cultural critic Rustum Kozain discovers the perfect everyday recipe 

Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour by Erica Platter and Clinton Friedman with Devi Sankaree Govender
Paw Paw Publishers
143 pages
R295

Abasic recipe for a curry from the cookbook Indian Delights (first published in 1961 in Durban) asks for onions, tomato, minced green ginger and garlic, some mixture of turmeric, coriander, cumin. Add some salt and pepper, and you have a sauce fit for global inundation.

You can vary the taste of this basic sauce by tweaking some or all of the ingredients. Chop your onions finer and you get a thicker sauce. Braise the onion with the turmeric. Add your cumin and/or coriander at a different stage. Notice how different the sauce tastes.

These ingredients seem to be the DNA of many curries and the variations will depend on their proportions and the sequencing.

This is the magic of curry. It allows for variations and can take on further ingredients and build to a dish of subtle layers, yet it will remain recognisable as part of a group of dishes we call curry.

It is, of course, true that in India there is no such thing as “curry”. (Probably from the Tamil word ‘kari’ – which means sauce or gravy.) In British colonials’ mouths, the word referred to whatever spicy dishes they might have eaten in India.

Purists pooh-pooh the use of the word, but it has become acceptable shorthand for a range of dishes with roots in India. As I learn more and cook more “curry”, of course, I am able to tell my rogan josh from my rendang, my pasanda from my Murgh Masala.

Historically, there are two broad curry traditions in South Africa: Cape curry (the one I grew up eating) and Durban curry.

Cape curry is traced to the rebels and slaves brought from mainly Indonesia and Malaysia by the Dutch during the 1600s and 1700s.

The various strains of Durban curry arrived with indentured labourers and merchants from various parts of India during the 1800s.

More recent immigration from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere add to the variety of our curries.

In broad terms, Cape curry tends to be milder and yellower (more turmeric), while Durban curry tends to be red, sharper and hotter (more tomato, more red chilli powder).

But these two broad branches were, and are not, isolated from each other.

Cape curry has its roots in India, given the deep history of Indian civilisation in Indonesia. Furthermore, a few slaves in the Cape came from parts of India and Sri Lanka.

Since chilli is an aphrodisiac, there must have been a lot of further mixing in the Cape and in Durban.

I’ve tasted a Sumatran beef curry in Indonesia that tastes like a Durban curry and also like many curries I’ve eaten in non-Indian homes in the Cape.

So was surprised to read Devi Sankaree Govender admit in her foreword to Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour to some disappointment when, in India, she fails to smell the familiar food smells of Durban.

There’s no doubt that recipes change over time and with distance. Curries in India will also have changed since the 1800s. She quotes experts who point out that Durban curries rely on more tomato and chilli than those in India.

But the Sumatran curry? An Indonesian dish reminiscent of a Durban dish? It’s a mystery.

I have an apprentice’s obsession with curries.

Part of my quest has been to find the perfect everyday curry. Why? When you struggle to think of something to cook, curry is perfect.

Once you get the hang of it, it’s quick: chop-chop, braise-braise, simmer away and soon you will have a delicious meal.

For years I have been cooking a lamb curry that has evolved – I realise now – from faulty basics, tweaked with insights, ingredients and cribs from here, there and everywhere. My partner loves this mutant curry, as do guests.

In my mind, however, there has always been something not quite right about it. It’s never had the taste profile of some mythical great curry that my taste buds yearn for – something I’ve tasted, somewhere, some time ago.

The book, Durban Curry, has taken me back to the basics and I tried the Britannia Hotel’s Mutton Bunny Curry recipe (with rice, not bread). It is unbelievably easy. I used some masala that a friend had brought from Durban, as is customary. Chop-chop, braise-braise, simmer-simmer.

I could not believe it. I could not remember where I had tasted this curry before, but this was it! It’s what I had been looking for as my everyday, go-to curry.

The book’s recipes come from a range of people: well-known chefs, family cooks, legendary takeaway cooks and equally legendary spice-shop magicians. One or two of the joints are familiar to me from quick curry forays during too-short, too-infrequent stays.

I’m sure a few Durbanites might argue over the omissions of their favourite curry haunts. But I’m from Cape Town, so I’ll stay off unknown turf. For instance, “Bunny joints have fanatical supporters, rather like football clubs,” says Erica Platter.

But the book does make me want to move to Durban. The design and photographs are bold in colour and the layout is clean. It captures Durban’s vibrancy, inviting the reader and cook to a bit of daydreaming while the onions braise…

Imagine easy access to The Spice Emporium, green mango for making atchar, the braised mutton curry of Durban’s Victory Lounge (next on my list to cook) … or Yoshan’s masala chops at the Maharani hotel when I’m lazy and have some cash … But watch those onions!

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Nzimande warns unions about walking away from alliance http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/nzimande-warns-unions-walking-away-alliance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nzimande-warns-unions-walking-away-alliance http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/nzimande-warns-unions-walking-away-alliance/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:43:17 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=137169 Unions that leave the tripartite alliance will become divided, South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande has said.

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Unions that leave the tripartite alliance will become divided, South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande has said.

“Why should we build this African National Congress … and then want to walk away from it?” he asked today at the Democratic Nurses’ Organisation of South Africa’s (Denosa) national congress in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

“Any union which wants to walk away from the alliance will divide itself.”

Nzimande said the second phase of South Africa’s transformation – the transformation of the economy – would not happen with a weak alliance or a weak Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Cosatu has been dogged by infighting and divisions since its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was suspended last year.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), a supporter of Vavi’s and a Cosatu affiliate, resolved at its special congress in December to not support the ANC in the general elections.

Numsa has accused the ANC and SACP of causing divisions within Cosatu.

When Vavi arrived at the Denosa conference delegates cheered and chanted his name. Nzimande received a more muted greeting.

Nzimande said the SACP did not want to interfere in Cosatu, but the party had a right to comment.

“No political party has grown the trade union federation more than the SACP,” he said.

“We as the SACP are not a cause of divisions in Cosatu. We don’t want a Cosatu which is an extension of the ANC or SACP.”

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