Cosatu has again thrown its weight behind the ANC ahead of the May national elections, saying despite its weaknesses the governing party has implemented pro-worker policies. The decision to back the ANC follows weeks of threats by some of the federation’s affiliates to withdraw support for the ANC after it announced its intention to unbundle Eskom and institute other austerity measures. Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said on Thursday that having considered all factors, the federation’s central executive committee reiterated calls to campaign for an overwhelming victory for the ANC as resolved at their 13th national congress. He was speaking at Cosatu’s media briefing after this week’s three-day central executive committee meeting where several issues, including the federation’s stance towards the ANC ahead of the elections, were debated. Cosatu maintained its stance on the state of its alliance partner, the ANC, saying it is “uncomfortable” and “troubled” by the party...

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