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Cosatu slams motion of no-confidence

The trade union federation condemned reported calling for its leaders to step down.

Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday condemned reports of a motion of no-confidence in its national leadership.

The trade union federation's Central Executive Committee (CEC) met this week to discuss several issues, including unity within the organisation.

At least 10 affiliates in Gauteng reportedly told the committee to step down during its meeting.

Cosatu condemned this in the strongest terms, saying such a move was uncalled for and not in the nature of the organisation.

Since General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's suspension last year, pending an investigation into alleged misconduct with a junior employee, Cosatu has been divided.

The federation is largely split between those backing Vavi and those supporting President Sidumo Dlamini.

There is still no final decision on whether Cosatu will be holding a special national congress to discuss Vavi's future.

The issue will probably be discussed during another special CEC meeting before May.

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