cosatuBDLive reports that, with some of its affiliates clamouring for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the leadership of the ANC, Cosatu on Tuesday sought to put a lid on the succession debate.  

“The federation’s central executive committee discussed the issue and decided to park it to avoid "divisive contestation", general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said.  An increasing number of affiliates led by the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) , the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) are lobbying behind the scenes for Ramaphosa to take over in the ANC tradition of the deputy succeeding the incumbent.  Cosatu, while hitting out at slate politics, said lobbying should not focus on an individual positions but on the leadership collective.

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