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Gigaba tells Cosatu to unite

Malusi Gigaba used a May Day rally to urge Cosatu to unite in order to strengthen the ANC.

Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba speaks at a news conference in Kempton Park on 15 October 2012, following an annual general meeting of the South African Airways. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday urged the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to display unity as an example to the working class.

Gigaba addressed a crowd of about 200 people at a Workers Day rally in the Cape Town earlier.

Apart from using the day to celebrate workers nationally, Gigaba emphasised the importance of unity in the tripartite alliance.

He was alluding to anti-Zuma sentiments by Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi in recent months.

"The strength of the ANC depends on the unity of the working class. The Cosatu leadership must put aside everything and prioritise their unity so that the working class itself can be united."

He said total emancipation would not be achieved unless the working class was united, adding this could only be achieve if the leaders work together.

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