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#CosatuCongress: New deputy general secretary to be elected

Day 3 of the federation’s annual national congress is taking place in Midrand today.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini holds hands with union leadership during the opening day of the national congress. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A new deputy general secretary is expected to be elected at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s National Congress which is underway in Midrand today, along with a debate on the state of the organisation and its finances 30 years into its existence.

The day has begun with a protest by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) against the Annual National Assessments (ANAs), which are due to begin on Thursday.

Delegates arrived at the venue singing songs, asking President Jacob Zuma to fire Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

WATCH: _Day two of the Cosatu national congress started without any of the problems that beset day one. _

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini joined Sadtu delegates in calling for the ANAs to be scrapped.

Other teachers unions are expected to join Sadtu at a briefing today to discuss their position towards the ANAs.

Dlamini says told delegates that despite the A frican National Congress (ANC) succession debate featuring prominently in Tuesday's political discussion the debate was fruitful.

CRACKDOWN ON AFFILIATES

Meanwhile, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has asked Cosatu's leadership to crackdown on hypocritical affiliates which are partnering with labour brokers, while the federation continues to call for an outright ban on the practice.

Oliphant has told the congress that workers must investigate those who invested in projects such as the e-tolling system and labour brokering.

She's also deplored the practice of unionists taking significant portions of money from worker investment companies.

"Maybe leadership must really investigate some of the affiliates who have partnered with the same companies who are suing labour brokers as part of investments."