The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is more eager than ever, to have Cyril Ramaphosa elected as the country’s Head of State.
Cosatu has always been a staunch supporter of Ramaphosa, but following the announcement by the African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday – to have Zuma recalled – concerns have been expressed about the sitting President’s resistance.
Even now, when the ANC NEC has resolved to have Zuma recalled, there are strong indications that the South African President is not prepared to go quietly.
“The federation is not at all surprised by this level of intransigence and total inebriation with power by President Jacob Zuma,” said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla on Tuesday.
“This after all is the President who working with his mercenary followers converted his Cabinet into a rent-seeking, docile and unaccountable caste,” added Pamla.
The issue the trade union wants thrashed out is that of accountability and the impression being given is that there won’t be any in the foreseeable future. That is compounded by the fact that the ANC NEC has failed to put a timeline on a Jacob Zuma departure.
“He divided and humiliated the ANC on a number of occasions and weakened and almost dismantled the Alliance. The ANC under his leadership behaved like a fanatical cult,” said Pamla.
“While the idea of not humiliating him was gracious from the new leadership, we think the time has arrived for the ANC to stop this undistinguished political theatre and put the country first. We call on them to recall President Zuma using parliamentary processes and if it means supporting the Motion of No Confidence that was tabled by the EFF, so be it.”