President Jacob Zuma was heckled and booed by members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) demanding that he is prohibited from addressing the May Day rally in Bloemfontein on Monday.
Political analyst, Karima Brown, says Cosatu members are significant players at the African National Congress (ANC) branches and their voices shouldn't be written-off from influencing who becomes next president of the ruling party.
What people don't understand about this alliance is that there is deal membership. Many Cosatu members are ANC members. Many ANC members are Cosatu workers. Many Cosatu workers are SACP members and they are active in ANC structures.— Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host
It's early to write them off and it's superficial to say as Cosatu, they don't have any influence.— Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host
They become significant player in so far as those who are active in ANC branches.— Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host
Brown says Cosatu members won'tsupport Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has been endorsed by the President and ANC Women's League, to become the next of the ANC.
I don't think Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will get any support from Cosatu.— Karima Brown, political analyst and Talk At Nine host
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