Cosatu: Looks like Ramaphosa will be problem also

The trade union federation said when they supported him it was for the sole reason of assisting the poor, working class people.


Cosatu is concerned about the path President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking and wishes to tell him that he is on the wrong footing.

Mpumalanga Cosatu leader Thabo Mokoena said when they supported President Cyril Ramaphosa it was because former leader Jacob Zuma was involved in scandals and that was eroding the ANC’s “moral fibre”.

“We decided that ‘no, let us bring someone who can bring a moral fibre to the organisation and we said comrade Cyril Ramaphosa is the one.

“But why is food price increasing? Why now we pay high on tax? And why is the petrol price increasing?” Mokoena said at the Siyathuthuka hall in eMakhazeni.

He was delivering the SACP’s message of support while the party was celebrating its 97th birthday at the hall.

“It looks like Ramaphosa will be a problem as well,” Mokoena said to laughter from scores who came to the hall.

“You came yesterday and today you increase things, what is that comrades?”

“No, no comrades please look at it properly. Is that the way we are supposed to go? No, no comrades,” Mokoena said.

“As Cosatu we are saying all these increments should be condemned. We condemn it. All along there was no tax increment in South Africa and you came yesterday but today there are increments, what’s that? No, no looks like we will have another problem here,” Mokoena said to continued laughter.

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The communist party celebrated 97 years of birth over the weekend in Mpumalanga, inviting Central Committee member Buti Manamela to come deliver the keynote address.

Mokoena took over from Fidel Mlambo in 2016, becoming Cosatu’s provincial leader in the Mpumalanga province.

He shared the stage with YCL national leader Mluleki Dlelanga, Mpumalanga’s SACP leader Bonakele Majuba and SANCO’s Hamzer Ngwenya, who delivered the civic movement’s message of support.

Mokoena said Ramaphosa is not helping poor people.

“Comrades we are saying we are going to elections next year and we should be radical and you won’t separate us from the SACP. If we happen to contest state power we are together with you (SACP),” Mokoena said to applause.

(edited by ZK)

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