THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called on ANC National Executive Committee member Fikile Mbalula to desist from trying to settle petty scores by calling for the removal of Gwede Mantashe as Secretary General.
Rumours were rife that Mbalula called for Mantashe’s removal from the top 6 before December’s elective conference.
According to media reports, Mbalula who lost to Mantashe during the 2012 ANC Mangaung elective conference ‘pushed’ for the removal of Mantashe following the manner in which the Eastern Cape 8th Provincial Conference was handled in a ‘chaotic state’ and the utterances made by Mantahse that the ANC needs to follow its ‘smooth ‘tradition when coming to the question of who should take over from the President.
Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said Mbalula must allow people to exercise their freedom of speech and that, he should stop his ‘desperate’ tactics in order to settle what he described as ‘political scores’.
“This is something that we have anticipated and something that you would expect from people who are scoring redemption and all we have to do is to seat back and make sure that they don’t do anything out of desperation to compromise the ANC,” he said.
Pamla said they would do anything to defend everyone who is championing the course to see Cyril Ramaphosa succeeding President Zuma.
He also said that Mbalula should focus on ‘predicaments’ that are looming over his Police Ministry rather than dwelling much on politics of dividing the ANC.
Previously, Mantashe was slammed by the ANC Youth League and ANC Women’s League when he took to social media platforms to raise his views on who should lead the ANC once President Zuma’s tenure lapses.
“When Tambo handed over to Mandela, that was smooth. Mandela handed over to Mbeki. When Mbeki resisted, there was a crisis. If we elect Ramaphosa to be a President, let us have a woman Deputy President. That will be smooth. That is my personal advice,” Mantashe said.
Mbalula has rubbished the claims, labelling them tactics to ensure that there is rigging at the December conference.
“At no time was I part of any discussions or debates relating to the Secretary-General and his standing in the ANC. I reject the suggestion