Cosatu's 9th congress underway
By Nadia Samie
18 September 2006
Cosatu President Willie Madisha has appealed to the union’s leadership structures not to mimic the succession battle currently underway within the ANC.
It is alleged that Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s supporters are plotting to oust Madisha. There is a rift in the trade union federation, with the rift in the ANC playing a big role. According to reports, Vavi and most Cosatu members are believed to be pro-Jacob Zuma, while Madisha is considered to be a Mbeki man.
The in-fighting comes in the midst of Cosatu’s 4-day national congress which began in Midrand, today. The last national Cosatu congress was in 2003.
Three-thousand-five-hundred people are expected to attend the congress at Gallagher Estate. HIV/Aids has been allocated a lot of time on the congress programme. Zuma, the embattled ANC deputy president, made the keynote address this morning. The congress will run until Thursday.