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cosatuCity Press reports that Zingiswa Losi, newly elected president of Cosatu, advises never to take things personally in any organisation, because when they have been addressed and dealt with, “you still have to lead those who were raising the issues.”  

She observes:  “I have learnt to separate myself as Zingiswa from the position that I occupy.  If I fail to do that, emotions will come in, because Zingiswa will not understand that the issues are about the office and not about her as an individual.”  There is a painful background story to her sentiments.  She had a bruising experience in 2013 with her then union, Numsa, when she was suspended by her Eastern Cape home region over charges of bringing the union into disrepute.  In the end she resigned from her position at a local Ford plant and found refuge in Popcru to avoid losing her position as Cosatu’s second deputy president.  Losi had been a former soldier in the SANDF before joining Ford in 2002.  Losi says she appreciates the Numsa experience because “if you focus on emotions, you are easily dislodged without really understanding the reasons behind some of the questions that are being asked.  Had I addressed it differently, I would have burnt many bridges.  But now I’m able to meet my former comrades and we greet, we smile and we hug.  

The road ahead may not be without new potholes for Losi.  Among her first tasks will be to persuade the ANC to listen and respond to the workers’ concerns by agreeing to the reconfiguration of the alliance so that all partners have an equal say in the running of government.

  • Read this report by Setumo Stone in full at News24
  • Read too, Zingiswa Losi: woman’s rise from humiliation to triumph will lift workers, at BusinessLive
  • And also, Now is the time to rise, Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi tells affiliates, at News24


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