sidumodlaminiANA reports that the leadership collective of labour federation Cosatu on Thursday said none of them had ever received money from the wealthy Gupta family, which has accused of wielding influence in the affairs of the state.  

This follows affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) revealing that it received R1.5 million from the family to fund a conference.  Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said:  “Cosatu has never received donations from the Guptas.  You can verify with the family and our finance department.  I form part of the team that goes around when duty calls to do fundraising work for Cosatu, and I can assure you that at no point in time did we go to the Guptas to ask for money … I have never been given money by the Guptas or any person trying to capture Cosatu through me.”  Cosatu said affiliates should be careful when accepting donations and ensure that whoever funds them “does not determine the union’s agenda”.

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