Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: ANC Manifesto - Cosatu's Strange Addiction to a Cycle of Abuse

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Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini's announcement at the ANC rally in Mbombela on Saturday that "Cosatu supports the manifesto. We call all our members to support the manifesto. Those who say they excluded are lying" was apparently not convincing enough.

The Cosatu leadership called a press conference on Wednesday to make sure we all understand that the federation really and truly supports the ANC manifesto, even though it is "not perfect" - a code for "we disagree with significant parts of it". Cosatu, it would seem, keeps setting itself up for disappointment.

Charlie Harper, the character played by Charlie Sheen in the irreverent sitcom Two and a Half Men, once taunted his brother Alan with an analogy that quite accurately describes Cosatu's failure to understand its current relationship with the ANC.

Charlie: You're like an Alzheimer's patient in a whorehouse.

Alan: What do you mean?

Charlie: You're constantly surprised that you're getting screwed, and you don't want to pay for it.

The leadership of Cosatu is desperate to believe that it an essential part of the alliance and not just the delivery vehicle for a mass of working class voters. While they may not have memory loss related...

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