Media KICKED out of COSATU MEETING in Midrand. The media remains out of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Special National Congress as the debate around credentials is underway in Midrand on Monday. The media was not allowed in to report on the debate.
Earlier, it was announced that some unions were yet to verify the credentials of their delegates, delaying the congress by about two hours. Notably absent is the South African Transport and Allied Worker’s Union (Satawu) that has faced serious internal divisions.
It is an unprecedented that the media is kicked out of a Cosatu congress. No reasons have been given.
However, this speaks to the tension and deep divisions that have plagued the country’s largest trade union federation.
Going into the congress, the affiliates were also divided over the agenda, with unions supporting the return of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi petitioning the leadership to turn the congress into an elective one.
The unions are also expected to also to take issue over the second Deputy President Zingiswa Losi. She was expelled by her trade union Numsa but returned under the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).
The other contentious issue is the presence of newly-joined affiliate metal union Limusa led by former Numsa President Cedric Gcina.
It not clear yet when the media will be allowed back.