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Zingiswa Losi becomes first female president of Cosatu

Losi was nominated unopposed at the federation’s congress in Midrand on Tuesday.

New Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi at the trade federation's 13th national congress. Picture: @_cosatu/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s outgoing deputy president Zingiswa Losi has been elected the new president of Cosatu.

She was nominated unopposed at the federation’s congress in Midrand on Tuesday.

Losi is now the first female president of Cosatu.

The elections agency has announced other leaders who were nominated unopposed.

"For the general secretary we have Bheki Ntshalintshali and for deputy secretary general, again nominated unopposed, Solly Phetoe."

The only change to Cosatu’s leadership is that National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu)’s deputy president Mike Shingange takes over from Losi as first deputy president, while Louise Thipe from Saccawu takes over from Tyotyo James as the second deputy president.