Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
3 Mar 2020
6:23 am

Let Ramaphosa lead as he should, Cosatu

Sydney Majoko

Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi will do better to make her unions useful, and relevant, in what is an inevitability: trimming the wage bill.

Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi gives the closing remarks at the 13th National Congress held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, 20 September 2018. Picture: Neil McCartney

There was a time when trade unions used to call the shots. They not only set the agenda in the workplace, but their voice carried a lot of weight politically. In fact, they were the kingmakers in the ruling party because they anointed presidents. It’s hard to forget it was actually then-Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi who played a massive role in ensuring Jacob Zuma rose to the presidency after ensuring Thabo Mbeki was ousted. But that power planted the seed that became the undoing of the unions. Their choice to align themselves with particular factions of the ruling party...