Affiliates disagree on whether Zuma should address members - Cosatu

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the federation may call a special central executive committee (CEC) after getting the report detailing May Day disruptions in Bloemfontein on Monday.

Pamla says they are still waiting for the report from provinces and leadership that attended the gathering before the federation begins discussing the way forward.

President Jacob Zuma was heckled and booed by Cosatu members who were demanding that he not address the rally with some chanting "Zuma must go".

Pamla explains that affiliates did not come to an agreement on whether Zuma should address the Cosatu gatherings.

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

The problem is that while we have a resolution on the President of the Republic stepping down, affiliates are starting to expand on that resolution, on what it should mean.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu spokesperson

If the leadership had taken a decision to say we don't want the President to address the gathering, Cosatu would be faced with the same challenge from other affiliates to say who gave you the mandate to ban the President when the CEC has not given you (that mandate).

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu spokesperson

Only CEC is empowered to make these kind of decisions.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu spokesperson

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

Congress of the People (Cope) Member of Parliament (MP) Willie Madisha, who was forced out as the leader of Cosatu, says it's unfortunate that Cosatu has collapsed.

Madisha says he is happy that some people who disagreed with him over his lack of support for Zuma in 2007 have apologised, and realised he was telling the truth about Zuma's leadership.

Also read: Cosatu has always been divided - Sdumo Dlamini

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