Joint SACP and COSATU statement
8 September 2009
The SACP and COSATU wish to dismiss reports of supposed rift between our two organisations stemming from COSATU’s views on the issue of the procurement of Ministerial vehicles.
Media reports on this have sought to pit COSATU and the SACP against each other, hinting that, in expressing its view that vehicles over R1m should be returned, COSATU had “turned on” the SACP General Secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande.
The fraternal bonds between our two organisations have withstood time and many testing issues, and will never be shaken as long as we share a strong commitment to advancing the interests of the working class. The strength of our relationship allows for open engagement and the holding of different views from time to time.
In this regard we accept that, while the purchase of the vehicle was handled by officials of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Cde Blade Nzimande in his capacity as Minister should have taken a more hands-on approach to ensure a more cost effective procurement. We also accept that any vehicle purchased for use by Cde Blade needs to take into account VIP Protection security requirements.
Cde Blade has already expressed regret for any offence caused by this matter and COSATU accepts this apology. We will await a response on behalf of the Cabinet collective regarding the vehicles.
COSATU and the SACP will continue to work together in assisting our government to improve control over government expenditure.
A fine example of what the Americans call “blowing smoke up our (collective) ar.se”.
This gang of unethical self-serving “leaders” of the SACP and Cosatu are the personification of the British trade unionist’s jibe: “The working class can kiss my ar.se – I’ve got the foreman’s job at last!!!” This is as bad as “we didn’t struggle to be poor.”
The ANC Triad behaves more and more like their old Nationalist oppressors and nobody should be surprised when they suffer the same fate. South Africa does not need a fresh set of greedy and race obsessed oppressors.
A more hands-on role in the procurement of the car? So Blade’s blaming someone else for buying the car on his behalf? Oh, that settles things then. I was worried for a moment that the interests of capitalism might be taking precedence over the interests of the working class. Phew, what a relief!