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cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu’s national congress, which starts on Monday, will be the highlight on the political calendar this week.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to deliver the keynote address, which will be keenly followed after reports emerged last week that former president Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule were plotting to oust him.  Cosatu is expected to discuss its association with the ANC ahead of the 2019 elections.  It is understood that the federation will support the party in 2019, but it might also decide to throw its weight behind the SA Communist Party (SACP) as the latter works to build a popular front to potentially contest future elections.  The SACP resolved in 2017 to look into contesting elections on its own from within or outside the governing alliance.  Meantime, Cosatu has called on the ANC to investigate allegations of the plot within the party to oust Ramaphosa.

  • A short report by Bekezela Phakathi is at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Cosatu girds for new alliance status fight, on page 4 of The Sunday Times of 16 September 2018

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