‘Women will lead Cosatu’

2015-12-02 06:00

AT SOME point women will take their rightful place in the Cosatu leadership as president and general secretary, the federation’s second deputy president Zingiswa Losi said on Tuesday.

“Indeed with time you will have a woman president in Cosatu, in time you will have a general secretary in Cosatu who is a woman, [but] for now, building Cosatu … must not be about which gender, it must be about leaders,” she told News24, speaking on the sidelines of Cosatu’s 12th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

“Let’s allow that process and not push things. [Let’s] continually conscientise ourselves as women and men that women at some point need to take their rightful position in our organisation.”

On Monday Losi was nominated unopposed to remain in her position as second deputy president. Bheki Ntshalintshali, who took over when Zwelinzima Vavi was expelled, was nominated unopposed for general secretary. Cosatu North West regional chairperson Solly Phetoe and Oscar Phaka, the former Democratic Nursing Organisation’s North West provincial secretary, are standing for the position­ of deputy general secretary. This is the only contested position at the congress.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini retains his position as president.

First deputy president Tyotyo James and treasurer Frede Oosthuizen­ also remain in their positions.

- News24.

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