cosatuCity Press writes that it his new book, The Battle for Cosatu: An Insider’s View, Patrick Craven gives an ‘insider’s view’ of the infighting in labour federation Cosatu and the determination to get rid of its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.  

Craven was Cosatu’s national spokesperson for more than a decade before quitting last year to join expelled metalworkers’ union Numsa and reunite with his old boss, Vavi, in the effort to build a new federation from scratch.  His book chronicles the period from 2011 to last year.  Craven squarely blames the SA Communist Party (SACP) for what happened.  “From start to finish, there was a group of anti-Vavi and anti-Numsa hardliners within the SACP that never had any intention of compromising...” says Craven.  “It can’t be coincidental that these SACP heavyweights were always among the initiators and intransigent advocates of the campaign to purge the federation of ... [Vavi and Numsa],” Craven claims.  The SACP’s historical distrust of independently minded “workerist” unions runs deep, according to Craven.


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