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Cosatu: 'Ceasefire' could lead to peace

Cosatu's Patrick Craven says it's clear both sides in this dispute want peace.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven says it's clear that both sides in this dispute want peace. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it believes that what ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has called a ceasefire between the fighting unions in the federation may lead to a lasting peace.

Cosatu said yesterday that all of its affiliates had agreed not to attack each other while an ANC facilitation process was carried out.

Cosatu's Patrick Craven said it was clear that both sides in this dispute wanted peace.

"It was accepted by members of the central executive committee and whatever our differences we all want a united and stronger Cosatu."

But it still seems very difficult for these groups to reconcile as the National Union of Mineworkers South Africa refuses to reconsider its decision to withdraw its support for the ruling party.

That may mean that this is simply postponing a split in Cosatu.