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Cosatu backs Zuma for second term

The union federation said it wants Mathews Phosa and Thandi Modise replaced.

President Zuma singing at 11th National Congress of COSATU, held at Gallagher Estate. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will back President Jacob Zuma for another term as African National Congress (ANC) leader, the trade union federation announced on Tuesday.

Cosatu is also in favour of retaining Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in his current position.

At its congress in September, Cosatu deferred the decision about ANC leadership to its Central Executive Committee (CEC) in fear that an open discussion would show divisions on the issue.

Following a two-day meeting this week, the federation said Zuma supporters won the day.

It was then decided Cosatu would lobby for Zuma to be retained as president, together with Motlanthe as his deputy.

The union wants Baleka Mbete to become chairperson of the party, with Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.

Cosatu decided Mathews Phosa must be replaced as Treasurer General, as well as Thandi Modise as deputy secretary general.

The ANC's elective conference will take place in Mangaung in the Free State over December.