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18 November 2017 08:04 (South Africa)
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COSATU confirms its support for ANC's top six, reluctantly

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The unions want more government spending and an end to inflation targeting by the central bank, which they blame for sharp interest rate increases last year. They also want a seat on the Reserve Bank's board and for it to come under full state control.

Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura yesterday warned party organisations that "any preoccupation with leadership discussions for conferences that are still far away" could derail the organisation's and the government's programmes, The Times reports

He was reacting to reports that the ANC Youth League is lobbying to have ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe replaced by Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula at the ruling party's next national conference, in 2012.

There have also been reports that a number of ANC personalities were working behind the scenes for radical changes in the membership of the ANC's "Top 6".

Makhura said the ANC in Gauteng "will continue to offer full and qualified support to the leadership collective [the Top 6]" of Mantashe, President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise, national chairwoman Baleka Mbete and Treasurer-General Mathews Phosa.

He said a meeting of provincial ANC leaders on Monday called on party organisations in the province not to enter the row over whether Mbalula should replace Mantashe.

"We can only review their performance at the next national conference, in 2012," he said.

Party organisations, he said, should focus their energies on tackling the service-delivery problems that have led to protests in recent months.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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