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sidumodlaminiMamokgethi Molopyane refers to a City Press article on Sunday that contained the allegation that Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini’ accepted a payment for apparently helping to facilitate a meeting that resulted in President Jacob Zuma retaining Senzeni Zokwana in his DAFF cabinet post after the 2016 local government elections.  

He writes that, if true, this points to a union leader whose intentions are not altruistic.  Molopyane goes on to note that in recent times Dlamini’s reputation has taken a knock.  This followed the unpopular expulsion of Numsa and his support for former president Jacob Zuma.  The allegation that he received a R300,000 bribe in the Zokwana matter, which is now part of the Hawks investigation into Zuma, could be his undoing and “it remains to be seen how he will dance, sing or spin his way out of this one.”  But, what afflicts Dlamini also afflicts Cosatu and there is no doubt that these allegations will ‘bring the federation into disrepute’.  Molopyane points out that Cosatu that has always been loud about public and private sector, individual and organisation corruption, and supported a president of their ANC alliance partner who made cleaning up, accountability and new dawn his theme.  Inaction on the federation’s part would amount to failing to do what’s good for the workers.  Yet, the last ten years have shown that “putting workers’ interests first hasn’t been on Cosatu’s agenda.”

  • Read this opinion piece in full at Moneyweb
  • Read the City Press report, entitled ‘Hawks probe Zuma for ‘R1 million bribe’, at News24
  • Read too, DA calls for probe into Minister Zokwana and agriculture department, at The Citizen
  • And also, SACP’s Mapaila defends Zokwana, claims he’s an anti-corruption buster, at The Citizen

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