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protestThe Citizen reports writes that some commentators – including trade unions – have weighed in on Wednesday’s mass action led by trade union federation Cosatu to say that it is primarily for the benefit of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s race to the ANC’s top seat.  

According to political analyst Sipho Seepe, not only does the strike reek of factionalism, it was also very opportunely timed.  “It comes as no surprise that most people see the planned strike as a political stunt that is meant to give an advantage to big business and Cosatu’s preferred candidate … The strike has little to do with workers.  It pursues a narrow political agenda aimed at giving Ramaphosa a shot in the arm,” Seepe opined.  Despite this, Cosatu deputy president Zingiswa Losi on Tuesday called for all unions to take part in the strike.  Meanwhile, Zwelinzima Vavi of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has penned a scathing letter in which he explained why his federation would not take part in the strike. 

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