Cosatu to ask ANC to send Ramaphosa to its events

The union has taken a decision to bar President Jacob Zuma from addressing its activities.

FILE: South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to potential investors at a Brand South Africa briefing at the World Economic Forum in Switerland. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is expected to make a formal request to the African National Congress (ANC) to request that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa attends and addresses its gatherings from now on.

On Tuesday, the federation held a briefing following its special central executive committee meeting. The union has decided to bar President Jacob Zuma from addressing its events.

The decision comes after the president was booed and heckled at a May Day rally in Bloemfontein earlier this month.

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Cosatu's second deputy president Zingiswa Losi says their decision to bar the president from addressing Cosatu's gatherings is effective immediately.

This means the president of the ANC will not address the federation's central committee meeting next week.

“We are not going to invite the president of the ANC to come and address the central committee.”

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says while it’s the party's responsibility to deploy leaders, Cosatu can invite specific leaders.

“Sometimes Cosatu affiliates or Cosatu make requests. Based on availability, we make a decision.”

The federation says they also don’t want the president to attend next week's central committee meeting.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)