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Beyond #RhodesMustFall, Vavi et al and fight to reclaim Cosatu, Pharrell-Woolies

#RhodesHasFallen 'only a start'

EWN's Masa Kekana and Aletta Gardner on this story: the so-called 'Rhodes Must Fall' movement says it will continue pushing for change at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The group was behind protests calling for the statue of Cecil John Rhodes to be removed. The institution's council this week voted in favour of having the sculpture taken down, and it was moved yesterday for the first time in 80 years. The council will now have to apply to the National Heritage Council which will decide what to do with the statue. In the interim, the structure is being kept at a secret location. Yesterday the crowd cheered as the statue was hoisted off the university’s upper campus.

[WATCH] Video of UCT students celebrating the fall of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on their campus

Vavi supporters intent on reclaiming Cosatu

EWN's Monique Mortlock on this story: trade unions who came out in support of Zwenlinzima Vavi, the axed general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have vowed to reclaim the federation from its current leadership. Vavi addressed a shop steward council in Salt River on Thursday, making his first public address since he was booted from Cosatu. He was expelled as the federation’s general secretary last week after a special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting decided he was guilty of gross misconduct. His expulsion follows that of Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). This is a first in a series of meetings by Vavi and leaders of the affiliated trade unions in an effort to reclaim Cosatu. Meanwhile, Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) President Atwell Nazo said reports of them starting a new federation was untrue. Nazo said unions have vowed to help Vavi to reclaim leadership in Cosatu.

Pharrell-Woolies collabo and the 'un-Happy'

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Eyewitness News on this story: Palestinian solidarity organisation Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on Thursday called on American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams to cancel his collaboration with high-end retailer Woolworths. Spokesperson Kwara Kekana said, “We are going to go ahead and write a letter to him and his people, and issue an appeal to him. We are really hoping that once we have issued the call, we are hoping for a positive response, but as to how things will follow beyond that, we can’t say for sure.” Earlier, the artist announced on Twitter that he would be working with the retailer and asked his South African followers how they felt about the decision.


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