The 6th central committee meeting of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) central committee is underway in Tshwane with a call today to protect the South African Communist Party (SACP) second deputy secretary Solly Mapaila. A protest was held outside Mapaila's home on Tuesday.
Clement Manyathela, EWN Reporter says Cosatu has described the protest as an act of thuggery and have demanded that President Jacob Zuma condemns and distance himself from the protesters because it believed the protest were in his name.
Blade Nzimande told us they were threatened in NEC meetings by people claiming they are soldiers.— Clement Manyathela, EWN Reporter
Manyathela says the protests and threats will be discussed at the committee meeting as well as with the African National Congress (ANC) at their political alliance meeting next week.
Manyathela adds that Cosatu's financial reports will be tabled at the meeting. Cosatu general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali told delegates that the union loses about R1.6 million a month because unions spend a lot of time fighting each other in court.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini's attendance at President Jacob Zuma's birthday party in April will also be on Wednesday's meeting agenda says Manyathela.