The turmoil within Cosatu has reached the level where the big guns in the ANC and the SACP have had to jump in to cushion the impact on the alliance.
The biggest concern, it would seem, is a breakaway or split in the trade union federation and the consequences at the 2014 poll for the ANC. So even if the relationship within Cosatu and the alliance is untenable, those wanting to leave are a "threat to the revolution", according to ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe and the SACP's Blade Nzimande.
It's a pity Mantashe and Nzimande cannot say what they really mean, which is that Zwelinzima Vavi and his band of merry men should get out and leave behind a compliant "Left", but in name only.
"Better Fewer, But Better" was the title of Russian communist leader and political theorist Vladimir Lenin's last writings in March 1923, and was an outspoken attack on then party secretary general Joseph Stalin and the party bureaucracy.
Decades later, the term was used by former president Thabo Mbeki in a speech at the ANC policy conference in 2002, ironically to infer that the Left in the alliance was a nuisance and...