Trade union federation Cosatu has warned the new leadership of the ANC that Cosatu’s support is “not a blank cheque”, after Cyril Ramaphosa became ANC president on Monday evening. Cosatu was the first of the alliance partners to formally endorse Ramaphosa for the position at the end of 2016. Ramaphosa was the founding secretary-general of the National union of Mineworkers (NUM), a Cosatu member. “Cosatu congratulates comrade Cyril Ramaphosa for being elected as the new president of the African National Congress by the 54th national conference. Cosatu has been unwavering in its support for comrade Ramaphosa even when there were naked attempts to stop him from ascending to the presidency,” Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said on Monday evening. He said Cosatu “wants to warn the new leadership of the ANC, though, that our support for the ANC is not a blank cheque and we expect them to deal with the issues that are killing the economy like state capture and corruption.” Pamla said Cosatu l...

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