Cosatu has always been divided - Sdumo Dlamini

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini says the federation will do analysis on the disruptions of the May Day rally in Bloemfontein on Monday.

President Jacob Zuma was prevented by workers from delivering his speech at the Workers’ Day rally after a scuffle broke out between pro and anti-Zuma supporters at the gathering.

Read: Songs cheering and denouncing President Zuma sang at Cosatu May Day rally

We have to go to our constitutional structure... do proper analysis of what was happening and be able to find a way forward.

Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President

Yesterday was an embarrassment, not just for Cosatu only but for all of us as alliance partners and leadership.

Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President

Xolani Gwala asked Dlamini about his statements backing Zuma despite Cosatu's clear position that the President must resign.

Dlamini says he attended Zuma's birthday celebration as the member of the African National Congress's (ANC) national executive committee (NEC).

You must understand that Sdumo Dlamini whilst he is President of Cosatu, he is a national executive committee member of the ANC, he is a central committee member of the SACP, and he goes to a function invited as the NEC member of the ANC.

Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President

Dlamini says Cosatu shouldn't allow to be divided by issues that have nothing to do with workers.

Also read: Are trade unions still serving the interest of the workers?

Cosatu has always been divided. In 1993 Cosatu was very divided. Before that one, Cosatu was formed and was very divided. In 2012 Cosatu was divided. In 2013 to 2015 Cosatu was divided in what you guys were calling it has never been divided like this before.

Sdumo Dlamini, Cosatu President

Dlamini became defensive when questioned by Xolani Gwala, listen here...


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