Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dlamini Denies Isolation Claims in COSATU
Tuesday 30 May 2017 20:35
Mbongeni Muthwa
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

There have been widespread reports that Sdumo Dlamini now finds himself isolated in the federation.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini has denied that he is now isolated in the labour federation because he holds different views when it comes to President Jacob Zuma and Cosatu's choice for his successor.

Dlamini is a staunch Zuma ally but Cosatu has decided that it wants President Zuma to step down immediately and be succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Elective conference in December.

Giving the opening address to the Cosatu Central Committee gathering, Dlamini appeared to make no remarks of Cosatu's official position regarding President Zuma nor the federation's backing of Cyril Ramaphosa as the next ANC President.

That infuriated delegates and Cosatu's National Office Bearers alike prompting some of members to call him to order. But Dlamini is downplaying the incident.

There have been widespread reports that Dlamini now finds himself isolated in the federation. However Dlamini says that's not the case but his fellow Cosatu leaders are a united force.

Delegates have begun breaking into commissions to discuss burning issues facing the federation.

Key among them is how to recruit new members and rebuild Cosatu into a formidable labour force it once was.

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