Cosatu May Day rally off to a good start

2015-05-01 12:23
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day rally started on a high note at the Gugu Dlamini Amphitheatre at The Workshop in Durban on Friday.

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More than 1 000 Cosatu members painted the streets of Durban red as they were led by police. Engines revved as bikers showed off while leading the march.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, Cosatu KwaZulu-Natal secretary Zet Luzipho and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo were leading the march.

The marchers arrived at Curries Fountain just before noon.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the masses there.

Numsa march

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa), which was expelled from Cosatu last year, is holding a separate May Day march, also in Durban.

It was not clear whether the two marches would bump into each other in the course of the day.

A police officer monitoring the Cosatu rally told News24 there were more than 2 000 people at the Numsa march and more buses were arriving.

The Numsa march, led by the union's general secretary Irvin Jim and expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, was expected to start at 09:00 at Dinuzulu Park and end at the City Hall.

Some Cosatu affiliate unions, who are supporting Numsa and Vavi, have said they will be attending the metalworkers march.

Cosatu has warned its members not to attend events where Vavi was speaking to workers.

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