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Gauteng Cosatu congress begins

2012-08-02 13:21

Johannesburg - Members of Cosatu and its affiliated unions began filing into the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday ahead of its 11th provincial congress.

Several members danced around the arena, carrying placards of their respective unions. They also sang struggle songs and a few denouncing capitalism.

Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng chairperson Phutas Tseki took to the podium and shouted out the names of unions. Their members shouted back in approval.

The congress is scheduled to run until Saturday.

It would be addressed by Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura, and SA Communist Party provincial secretary Jacob Mamabolo.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was also expected to address the conference.