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sidumodlaminiNews24 reports that Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu president, has dismissed media reports that "he has not been seen" at the labour federation's events since President Jacob Zuma was booed off stage at the May Day rally in Bloemfontein.  

"There’ve been media reports suggesting that I’ve not been seen since May because I was embarrassed in Bloemfontein when the president was refused from addressing the May Day rally of Cosatu.  I’m doing Cosatu work all the time ... but I’m not going to ask you to follow me around.  I’m not Michael Jackson who is a popstar," he stated on Tuesday.  Dlamini said he has "sensed that the media is running a frenzy story about him being on sick leave".  He also accused the people who were calling for Cosatu to break away from its alliance with the ANC of being "blackmailers".  "There are people saying Cosatu can’t strike because they are in alliance with the ANC.  They’ve been calling for Cosatu to break away from the alliance.  Those are the people who want to blackmail us.  They act as if once we take that decision they’ll turn around and appreciate Cosatu, they won’t," he said.

  • Read this report by Mxolisi Mngadi in full at News24

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