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LosiSowetan reports that there is a strong push under way within Cosatu to ensure that Zingiswa Losi, the labour federation’s second deputy president, is elected the first woman to lead the organisation at its national congress later this year.  

S’dumo Dlamini, who has been Cosatu president for more than two terms, is unlikely to stand for re-election as he appears to have lost his power grip at the federation.  This was evident when he was criticised by his own comrades for attending former president Jacob Zuma’s lavish birthday party when Cosatu had taken a stand that Zuma should step down.  On Tuesday, Cosatu affiliates such as the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) gave the strongest indications yet that they preferred a woman to succeed Dlamini.  Denosa Gauteng chairman Simphiwe Gada said some have viewed Losi as better than the male leaders that surround her.  Nehawu spokesman Kaya Xaba said the union was engaging with its members about its preferred candidate.  Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo said:  “We are a nonsexist organisation.”  Piet Matosa, president of the National Union of Mineworkers, said Losi was not elected to her current position based on gender, but because of her ability in “implementing the federation’s resolutions”.

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