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Cosatu still wants Zuma to step down

Publish date: 19 April 2017
Issue Number: 183
Diary: Legalbrief Workplace
Category: General

Cosatu says despite messages of support for President Jacob Zuma, the trade union still wants him to step down. According to an eNCA report, this was after some confusion when, during Zuma’s birthday celebrations last week, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini seemed to backtrack on his earlier calls for Zuma to resign when he told Zuma to remain strong during these trying times. The trade union’s general secretary, Bheki Ntshalitshali, says Dlamini’s attendance at Zuma's birthday was in his capacity as an ANC member adding that Cosatu's president is fully behind the calls to have Zuma removed from office. ‘President Sdumo has not indicated in any way that he doesn't support the CEC statement. He was on the media, on the press conference he spoke about these issues.’ ‘Comrade Sdumo fully understands how the Cosatu took its decision. He was the leader of the meeting, chairing the meeting and is behind the CEC decision, there's no confusion about that,’ Ntshalitshali said. The report says earlier this month Cosatu threw down the gauntlet, calling on Zuma to go.

Full eNCA report