8 April 2014

South Africa: Cosatu's Moment of Zen - Let's All Be Friends, Until After the Elections

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (file photo).


War? What war? Despite predictions Cosatu's special central executive committee (CEC) meeting would descend into chaos on Tuesday, the ANC managed to pacify the federation of trade union's deep divisions until after the elections. It's a saving grace for the party, but for the country's largest labour federation, which will brief media on the meeting today, the war has only been postponed.

"Why should we jump to mentioning anything when Cosatu has not had a press briefing?" asked ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu on Tuesday evening, adding he had not heard about the outcome at the CEC. He wasn't going to comment on Cosatu's decision to postpone making a decision on what to do with General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa), which was reached after Tuesday's CEC meeting, according to SABC and ANN7. But that doesn't mean the ANC didn't have a key role to play.

On Tuesday night Cosatu was yet to elaborate on what happened in its meeting, but an anonymous source as well as ANN7, The New Age and SABC reporters waiting outside the venue as the meeting closed all reported that the issues had been postponed. Cosatu will...

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