The tribe might not have spoken but Gwede Mantashe has. A Cosatu special congress would be "the worst thing", the ANC secretary general has been quoted as saying.
Mantashe is part of a high-powered eight-person task team deployed by the ANC to intervene in the Cosatu crisis. It is not a PR exercise; this is one team that aims to produce results.
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With the 2014 election campaign already stepping into high gear, the ANC would not despatch four of its top six leaders on mission unless it was really important - to the ANC - and it aimed to achieve a result.
The ANC announced last week that its national working committee (NWC) had appointed a team led by its deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to "engage" Cosatu "with a view to assist in resolving the challenges facing the federation".
The team includes ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, chairwoman Baleka Mbete, treasurer Zweli Mkhize and four Cabinet ministers.
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