As the ANC elective conference edges closer and factions of the divided party push for their candidates and policy imperatives, its alliance partners have been sharpening their swords too. Delegates representing the labour federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) will be heading to Nasrec in Johannesburg on Saturday with set goals and ultimatums as its tripartite alliance with the ANC is all but defunct. Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told Business Day this week that the lessons learnt during the last term of President Jacob Zuma’s presidency of the party and the country had awakened the alliance from a "lull". The federation would therefore no longer hand out free passes, with high expectations for ANC leaders. The revival or reconfiguration of the alliance topped its priorities because if that was achieved, Cosatu and the SACP’s inputs on policy direction and political strategies would get a hearing from the party, Ntshalintshali said. It had n...

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