Cosatu moving on, no longer dwelling on past tensions

The trade union federation yesterday celebrated its 30th anniversary, a week after electing new leadership.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it has opened a new chapter and will no longer dwell on past tensions and attempts to destabilise its authority.

On Saturday, the trade union federation celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in Durban, just one week after electing its new leadership.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini says the federation is celebrating a new chapter and wants to hear less talk of those who have left.

"We're focusing on building our own organisation. Less talk should be about formers. Talk should be about the current."

Meanwhile Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says those who attempted to destroy the federation from within have failed.

"We want to thank the leadership of Cosatu that became vigilant. Now those wo wanted to destroy Cosatu have failed."

Both leaders have encouraged Cosatu-affiliated unions to grow their support and strengthen the federation.