Cosatu congress ends

Cosatu President S'dumo Dlamini led the call for people in splinter unions to return.

Delegates at the 11th National Congress of COSATU at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 17 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) ended its national congress on Thursday with an emotional appeal for people who left the movement to return.

Delegates also resolved to change the federation's focus back to helping workers.

Cosatu President S'dumo Dlamini led the call for people in splinter unions to return.

"We call on all those who left out of anger and joined splinter unions, to come back and raise their issues."

Earlier, there was some dispute over whether or not the congress would openly discuss who Cosatu would back to lead the ANC after Mangaung.

In the end, it was decided Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) would discuss the issue.

National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa (Numsa) President Cedric Gcina called for that meeting to happen soon.

Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi read out the final resolution, saying the federation needs to pay more attention to its core function.

"We need greater focus on the expectations of members in the workplace."