Cosatu's leadership re-elected unopposed

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will lead federation for another five years.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi laughs while hugging President Jacob Zuma at the trade union federation's 11th national congress at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Monday, 17 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will lead federation for another five years.

This after he was elected unopposed at Cosatu's congress at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, north of Johannesburg on Monday.

Hall 2 erupted when it was announced that all top national positions for Cosatu would be uncontested.

Last week, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) indicated it could put up a nomination for someone to challenge Vavi.

In the end, no one was elected except the incumbent leader.

President Jacob Zuma reiterated the need for a radical economic change in policy.

He also took a dig at the Western Cape's lack of employment equity, saying the province needed help.

Earlier, Cosatu President S'dumo Dlamini took aim at expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, saying political demagogues will be "exposed and crushed" by the union.

He started his address by reminding delegates of the dire conditions faced by South African workers.

Dlamini pointed out how billionaires continued to make profits, despite the economic crisis, while those at the bottom of the pay scale suffered job losses.

He said the majority of rich people make their money from the mining sector.

To prove his point, he mentioned the CEO of the Mvelaphanda Resources, Pine Pienaar, who received R63 million in 2009, which is 1875 times more than the average worker.

Turning to Malema, Dlamini said Cosatu must not fall into the trap of "competing with demagogues", saying the truth would eventually prevail.