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WC Cosatu backs Ramaphosa for ANC leader

Provincial leaders held a meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday night where they declared their support for the party's deputy president.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich (C) with other delegates during a meeting in Cape Town on 13 September 2017, where the union backed Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next ANC president. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has thrown its weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next African National Congress (ANC) president.

Provincial leaders held a meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday night, where they declared their support for the party's deputy president.

They also reiterated calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign or be sacked.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says they need to restore the ANC.

“We need to bring our organisations back to basics, restore the alliance and implement the Freedom Charter as a matter of urgency. A central part of this strategy is to make sure that comrade Cyril Ramaphosa becomes the president of the ANC and the president of the country.”

The trade union federation will lead a nationwide one-day strike later this month against state capture and corruption.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)