Cosatu has issued the ANC with an ultimatum ahead of the national elections in 2019, saying the party will "pay the price" if it fails to balance the demands of "capital" with those of labour. In a strongly worded statement read to reporters at a briefing on Tuesday, the federation said workers would have no reason to continue supporting the ANC if it does not promote and protect their interests. The party’s special central executive committee meeting held on Monday discussed the mass job losses in the country, the effect of the VAT increase on the poor and alleged plans by the government to retrench public servants. The committee also resolved that Cosatu leaders should request an urgent meeting with the ANC top six leadership to communicate "a clear message that workers will not vote against their interests in the upcoming elections". Cosatu’s first deputy president, Tyotyo James, said workers’ support for the ANC does not come without conditions. "Workers in this country voted [f...

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