COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini has delivered a major address to the leadership body of South Africa's largest trade union federation. A rift has developed over the status of the suspended general secretary Vavi., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Nov 27 2013 4:13PM
Cosatu under attack: Dlamini
The Congress of SA Trade Unions is under attack from people seeking to split the union federation, president Sidumo Dlamini said on Wednesday.
"Cosatu is under attack. We are under attack as an organisation by forces from outside and forces from within whose aims are to liquidate Cosatu," Dlamini told the executive committee of the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
"There is no amount of intimidation, blackmail, lies which will make us waive and move away from our objective... People want to split Cosatu. If you want to split us remember you will be divided."
He said those seeking to do so should know there were workers who were loyal to Cosatu who would want to stay with it.
Dlamini said he would fight for unity within the union federation, even if it cost him his life.
"People have written us off and said we would collapse. We are survivors, we are winning," Dlamini said.
He urged Satawu members to defend Cosatu and to reach out to other unions within Cosatu who were under attack.
Dlamini advised those who wanted to leave the union federation to do so without delay.