The SACP and COSATU Provincial Office Bearers in Limpopo held a bilateral meeting on the 20th January 2015 at the NUM Provincial Office. The meeting was held to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the resolutions that were taken in our last meeting. The meeting further reflected on the state of the alliance in the province with a view of improving and strengthening it in preparation for battles ahead.
Both the Party and COSATU re-affirmed their close working relationship and committed themselves to urgently convene joint political workshops in order to strengthen the relations and the alliance in general in the province.
Accordingly, the Provincial Office Bearers congratulated the leader of the alliance, the ANC, for having held a very successful 103rd anniversary rally in the Western Cape which is viewed as the home of the DA. The Party and COSATU in the province committed to mobilize their members and supporters to go out in their numbers and support the provincial rally that will be held on the 24th of January at Lulekani Stadium.
The meeting noted with concern the threat by the EFF to disrupt the State of the Nation Address on the 12th of February as a publicity stunt aimed at scoring cheap political points. As the forces of the left in this province we commend the National Speaker of Parliament for having refused to be bullied by these populist demagogues in calling for a special sitting of Parliament and referred their questions to the normal programme of Parliament.
We draw comfort from the fact that the section 100(1) (b) has been lifted and the administrators are on the way out, in order to give Premier Mathabatha an opportunity to run the affairs of the province without any interference. We believe that this will go a long way in ensuring that the ANC-led government is able to implement its election manifesto thereby improving service delivery to our people.
The POBs noted with concern the ongoing strike at Malamulele for a stand-alone municipality which has entered its second week. The meeting called for the speedy resolution of this impasse by relevant stakeholders in particular COGTA and the Municipal Demarcation Board so that the situation could be brought back to normal.
The meeting concluded by making a g call to the ANC leadership in the province to urgently convene an alliance summit that will deal with many outstanding challenges that are facing the movement in the province.
Issued by COSATU and SACP in Limpopo
COSATU Limpopo Province
Gerald Mkhomazi Twala
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions