AS IT HAPPENED: Vavi: Rest in peace, you ANC alliance

2017-05-01 09:36

Speeches at the main Cosatu May Day rally in Bloemfontein have been cancelled after scuffles broke out in the crowd, while ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal are being booed at a rally in Durban. Follow the updates here.

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It appears President Jacob Zuma went to his car to take a phone call, he has returned. 

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Scuffle breaks out at main Cosatu rally

A scuffle has broken out between Cosatu members and another group of what appears to be ANC members clad in the party’s yellow T-shirts.

Marshalls tried to calm the situation, as leaders who are separated from the crowd by a fence looked on. Police also lined up the barricade.

The scuffle broke out after President Jacob Zuma arrived at Cosatu's main Worker's Day rally at Loch Logan Park in Bloemfontein.

Earlier, the crowd booed Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini when he was introduced. 

They also put their hands in the air doing the soccer change signal. The crowd also chanted that Zuma must go, and sang a song which, when loosely translated, said "Have you heard the good news, Zuma is going".

Earlier Cosatu in the Free State said it was concerned that there were people wearing T-shirts that did not have an emblem of any of their affiliates.

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