Tripartitie Alliance 'Dangerously Undefined'
12 July 2000
The relationship between government and the tripartite alliance
-comprising of the African National Congress, the SA Communist Party
and the Congress of SA Trade Unions - is "dangerously
undefined", Cosatu president Willy Madisha said in Johannesburg on
Addressing the Johannesburg Press Club, Madisha said although Cosatu
remained committed to the alliance, the relationships within the body
had to be re-evaluated.
"...the alliance has to find better ways to manage the imbalance
in internal relationships, which sees the ANC in government and Cosatu
and the SACP outside - while electoral victories and social progress
still depend on the work of all three partners.
"A major problem for the alliance has been managing this
situation. It has not succeeded in finding a strong solution.
This in turn reflected the difficulties the ANC faced as a
political party in government, Madisha said.
Although the gains made by government since the 1994 elections were
laudable, he said its economic policies had failed to attract much
needed investment. This could be blamed on government's "tight
monetary policies" such as inflation targeting for.
"These conservative policies have made it difficult to restructure
the economy to ensure employment and investment.
"Moreover, restrictive fiscal and monetary policies did not end
the investment strike by capital," he said.
transformation, Madisha said government had to play a central role in
the process of redistributing wealth to the poor.
"After all, economic power still remains largely in the hands of
big business, which has shown neither interest nor willingness to
support substantive moves toward equality," he said.
Madisha is due to address the ANC's national congress, which began in
Port Elizabeth on Monday, later this week.
Cosatu will hold its national congress in September.