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Union federation Cosatu has thrown its weight behind the ANC ahead of the 2019 general elections with its congress resolving to vote and campaign for the party.The affirmation follows a lengthy debate between the federation’s affiliates at its 13th national congress this week.In its political discussion document, Cosatu said it re-affirms its position to support the ANC in 2019, while working with the SACP to build a popular left-wing movement. Although Cosatu has already decided it would support the ANC during the next polls, it also has to consider its stance on the SACP’s resolution to explore the possibility of contesting for state power on its own.Cosatu is in an alliance with the ANC and the SACP.However, the federation’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said during an interview with Business Day on the sidelines of the congress that its support for the ANC will not come without conditions."There is no free lunch, no blank cheque — when you vote you choose that party bec...

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