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ramaphosaBDLive reports that Cosatu affiliates on Tuesday backed South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the tripartite alliance from 2017.  

In a tacit endorsement of Ramaphosa succeeding President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC), the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) put forward a proposal that sought a reaffirmation of the principle that the ANC deputy president would accede to the party’s top position, and also to president of the country.  The Sadtu proposal was endorsed by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the SA Clothing and Textiles Workers’ Union (Sactwu) and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa).  Unions were careful not to mention names but emphasised that the principle that the deputy president of the ANC should become its leader would boost confidence and bring stability to the ANC.  The second day of Cosatu’s four-day national congress was dominated by discussions on the failures of the alliance and the weaknesses in the economy.  Cosatu affiliates cited poor relationships between workers and the government.

  • Read this report by Karl Gernetzky and Natasha Marrian in full at BDLive
  • See too, Cosatu's biggest affiliate wants Ramaphosa for president, at News24
  • And also, Sadtu endorses Ramaphosa as Zuma’s replacement, at EWN

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