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Cosatu urges members to unite amid factionalism

Cosatu's president says the federation has been weakened & needs the collective effort of all its affiliates.

FILE: Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Official Cosatu Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has urged its members to help rebuild the federation, which leaders say, has been weakened from within.

At the weekend, the trade union federation held its anniversary celebrations in Durban.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the federation has been weakened and needs the collective effort of all its affiliates to restore its reputation.

"Cosatu has been pulled down, the image of our federation has been tainted."

Dlamini said 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."

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended Cosatu's leaders for not allowing the federation to stray from its values while dealing with infighting.

"Our task now is to strengthen and make Cosatu even stronger than what it was."

While the African National Congress has called on Cosatu to rebuild itself following recent incidents of factionalism, the federation has also called for more unity within all structures of the ruling party.

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