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sidumodlaminiSowetanLive writes that Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini apparently still harbours ambitions of clinging on to power after serving two terms at the helm of the labour federation.  Dlamini has apparently been lobbying some affiliates behind closed doors to nominate him to contest for the position.  

An insider commented:  "Maybe there is some room for him to come back and fix whatever mistakes that might have happened before, but it’s a question of affiliates.  If they want to nominate him, they have a right to do so."  Earlier in the year, indications were that Dlamini would not be standing for re-election.  If in the ring, he will come up against his deputy Zingiswa Losi at the federation's 13th national congress which commences on Monday.  She has already been nominated by Nehawu, while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said it preferred Losi to be the next Cosatu president.  NUM general secretary David Sipunzi commented:  "We are not aware that comrade S'dumo is willing to run for re-election.  As NUM, we have already requested comrade Losi to sign the nomination for the position of the president.  We were of the hope that comrade S'dumo is not availing himself [and] now it’s a shock to us if he intends to avail himself.  However, we have heard nothing as far as that is concerned."

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