Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (L) and African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma (R). Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR
Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (L) and African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma (R). Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR

THE alliance between the African National Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party is safe, Cosatu said in Johannesburg on Friday.

"We are not in any way feeling stressed about an alliance that is collapsing tomorrow. The alliance is safe," Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters in his year-end address in Braamfontein.

Cosatu "vehemently refute[d]" a statement in the ANC’s organisational report, which was discussed during the party’s national conference in Mangaung.

Mr Vavi said the statement alleged that "Cosatu is the only alliance partner that from time to time sees the democratic government as worse or the same as the apartheid regime".

Mr Vavi dismissed this claim saying, "Cosatu has never made any such comment and never will."

When it came to the alliance, "from time to time there will be moments of controversy.... Some things will be managed internally. With others they will flare up into public discussions".

Nevertheless, Mr Vavi reiterated that the alliance between the union federation, the ruling party and the South African Communist Party (SACP) always managed to move forward.

"The alliance is in good shape and it will continue to be stronger and will be strengthened by the resolutions of the ANC conference."

The conference ended on Thursday.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini was elected to the ANC’s national executive committee. Mr Vavi declined nomination.

Mr Vavi again vowed to fight against the tolling of Gauteng’s freeways in the new year.

"We urge motorists not to register … or buy e-tags, and to make the system unworkable," Mr Vavi said.

Sapa, with Samuel Mungadze