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Reflecting on the Cosatu Special Congress

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Special National Congress has come to an end with several member unions calling for unity within the trade union federation.

Stephen Grootes speaks to President of Cosatu, Sdumo Dlamini about his views on the outcomes of the congress.

Dlamini says they haven’t yet processed the outcomes of the congress. He asks for patience as they compile their report and plan ahead. He is however reluctant to answer whether he will be taking on a new term as president, however says there will be elections at the next sitting.

Dlamini: Give us more time

Listen to the conversation with Dlamini and Stephen Grootes below:

(Also read our article: Cosatu: An uneasiness over unity)

Not much has changed

Political analyst Dumisani Hlophe says that not much has changed following the the congress.

We must treat it as an event. The heavy police presence will tell you something about the state of unity within the federation.

Dumisani Hlophe, political analyst

Proceedings in the first day of the special congress on Monday were disturbed by unions showing their support or disapproval of expelled Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). There were also disagreements on the credentials of the gathering.

On Tuesday, much of the tone in the special congress was of the importance of Cosatu to strengthen its unity, and to not let go it the gains the federation has made over the years.

Cosatu will conduct a formal congress in November, where the issue of Vavi and Numsa is expected to be on the agenda.

Read more analysis of the congress on from the EWN website.

Listen to the full conversation, with John Webb standing in, on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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