SOUTH AFRICA’s national liberation alliance met on Thursday, with tensions running high between President Jacob Zuma’s supporters on one side and communists and trade unions on the other.
Leaders of the ruling ANC, union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist party (SACP) gathered in Johannesburg for the first time since Mr Zuma’s March cabinet reshuffle.
The government shake-up prompted Cosatu to join the SACP in calling for Mr Zuma to resign over the alleged
influence of the super-rich Gupta family on his choice of ministers.
A statement issued yesterday said: “Alliance relations are currently at their lowest levels and [the meeting] committed to a series of measures to address this situation.”
The alliance agreed that there should be greater consultations on cabinet appointments — following SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande’s recent sacking as higher education minister.
The meeting also decided to ensure that December’s ANC conference “serves to unify the movement.”