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cosatuNews24 reports that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) is likely to elect its first female president - Zingiswa Losi - as it meets for its 13th national congress this week.  

Losi is Cosatu's second deputy president, alongside Tyotyo James, under the present leadership of Sdumo Dlamini.  More than 2,000 delegates are due to convene in Midrand on Monday to discuss the state of the federation and elect new leadership.  On the first day, leaders are set to address delegates, with ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande among those expected to speak.  According to some in the federation, Dlamini is on the fence about whether he wants to continue to serve.  One (unnamed) leader said:  "The president is confusing.  One day he tells people he has served for long and it's time to go, then suddenly you hear he is in talks with people keen to give it another go.  But I don't even think this issue will get to the ballot."  James is also expected to step down.  General secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, deputy general secretary, Solly Phetoe, and treasurer Freda Oosthuysen are expected to retain their positions.  Cosatu will also have to spend its four-day conference deliberating over the health of its affiliates and its own relevance in the labour sector, as well as its role in the alliance with the ANC, SACP and Sanco, while sharpening its position on issues such as land, the minimum wage and job insecurity.

  • Read this report by Tshidi Madia in full at News24


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