Ngwako Modjadji
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28 May 2015
1:11 pm

Cosatu to hold special national congress in July

Ngwako Modjadji

Addressing the media on the outcomes of Cosatu's central executive committee meeting held this week, acting Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the congress will take place in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

“The agenda of the congress will be as per the request duly made by unions to the president,” Ntshalintshali said on Thursday. “Among the discussion will be on the unity and cohesion of Cosatu.”

The surprise move was contrary to reports that Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini wanted to derail the congress because he was fearing elections. The call for the congress came as a result of tensions rocking the troubled federation.

The congress will discuss the reinstatement of Zwelinzima Vavi as general secretary and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). Ntshalintshali said Numsa has the right to appeal at the ordinary congress.

“The meeting noted that Numsa has taken us to court regarding their expulsion,” Ntshalintshali said. “If Numsa wants to come back, all they must do is to reverse all resolutions they took in opposition to Cosatu’s policies.”

Ntshalintshali said Cosatu will embark on a campaign on the streets to reject the controversial e-tolling system.

“The special CEC agreed to continue the campaign for the reduction of the most tollgate at the Swartruggens and for alternative routes to be erected for the poor,” Ntshalintshali said.

“E-tolls system continues to disadvantage majority of workers who stay away from places of work.”