Cosatu won’t comment on special congress report

2013-10-10 08:23

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Cosatu has declined to comment on reports that its president Sdumo Dlamini agreed to call a special national congress.

“This is based on leaked information and as you know we don’t comment on leaked documents,” said Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven today.

“So I can neither confirm nor deny this.”

The Mail&Guardian reported yesterday evening Dlamini agreed to call a congress after nine out of its 19 affiliates pushed for it.

This allegedly emerged from a letter written by Dlamini to all affiliates and provincial structures this week.

“I want to emphasise my commitment to respect and uphold the Cosatu constitution at all times. I understand the mandate that I was given...and I am committed to convene the special national congress as directed to do so,” he was quoted as saying in the letter dated October 8.

“...I have engaged the national treasurer comrade Freda Oosthuysen to determine the available resources to take this work forward. I have also approached a few people for possible funding of the special congress.”

In August, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was placed on special leave after having an affair with a junior employee.

In September, Dlamini said Vavi did not feature among the reasons given by member unions for the special congress.

“Eight or nine of Cosatu affiliates have made a request for a special congress. I can say to you without a doubt, that ... there is no affiliate that has stated the reason for the congress to be about the general secretary of Cosatu,” he said at the time.

The Business Day reported the special congress would take place next month.

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