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LosiIndependent Media reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has strongly defended the election of Zingiswa Losi as president of Cosatu following social media accusations that her appointment was solely because she was a woman.

The union’s reaction came after a video was circulated on social media in which Losi was seen to make comments about fraud and corruption charges against the ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. In the video, she answered a question from a journalist and said no one was above the law and anyone found to have transgressed laws of the country had to be held accountable regardless of the positions they occupied. According to Nehawu, the video footage and comments were made on 28 November last year, a few days after Magashule’s initial appearance in court. Nehawu general secretary Zola Saphetha questioned the reasons for the resurfacing of the old video and said: “Those who are spearheading these attacks are using the old video as if it is a recent video that took place last week when in actual fact it is from three months ago. In this regard, we condemn the isolation of the president from the rest of her collective and also condemn the use of an old video to launch unwarranted and dastardly attacks on the president. We refute the unfounded claims that the president was elected because she is a woman … She was elected with an overwhelming majority because of the trust Cosatu affiliates have in her as a leader.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Baldwin Ndaba at Independent News


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