SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST LABOUR GROUPING CALLS FOR PRESIDENT ZUMA TO STEP DOWN

MBOMBELA, SOUTH AFRICA, The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Mpumalanga Province says President Jacob Zuma should not be allowed to deliver the 2018 State of the Nation Address, scheduled for Feb 8.

Speaking during the Joe Slovo memorial lecture in KaNyamazane outside the provincial capital, Mbombela, over the weekend, Cosatu Secretary Thabo Mokoena said Zuma should step down as president of the country.

Cosatu, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Part (SAC) are partners in the Tripartite Alliance, a partnership forged during the apartheid era to fight for South Africa’s freedom from White minority rule.

As COSATU, we agree with the Communist Party to say Zuma must step down. Comrades, we can’t allow that man to make the State of the Nation address. That man must go immediately and as Cosatu we are still firm to say, away with State Capture, away with corruption and way with Zuma, added Mokoena.

The memorial lecture was attended by the provincial secretary of the SACP, Bonakele Majuba, and their National Treasurer, Joyce Moloi-Moropa ,who delivered the keynote address.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Mpumalanga Province refused to be drawn in on Cosatu’s utterances regarding Zuma, saying the call for Zuma to step down before the State on Nation Address next month is an issue to be dealt with by the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

ANC provincial spokesperson Sasekani Manzini said Monday that the ANC in the province could not be drawn to comment on issues raised by individuals.

We don’t respond to statements made at different events but we rely on organisational decisions taken by different structures of the Alliance, hence we can’t comment on what was raised in a rally or anywhere else. The NEC is dealing with that matter so we can’t as different provinces discuss that matter, said Manzini.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK