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The unpopular Bheki Ntshalintshali faces the ax of Cosatu

Sources, who spoke to Eyewitness News on condition of anonymity, said Ntshalintshali, who was almost 70, did not enjoy the backing of a single Cosatu union.

FILE: Secretary General of Cosatu, Bheki Ntshalintshali. Image: Sethembiso Zulu/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News may reveal that Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali could be removed from office at the federation’s congress in September.

In order to avoid management challenges at the next meeting, the presidents of the Cosatu subsidiaries are in ongoing talks in the interest of a smooth transition.

However, a management reshuffle seems inevitable.

Sources, who spoke to Eyewitness News on condition of anonymity, said Ntshalintshali, who was almost 70, did not enjoy the backing of a single Cosatu union.

His age and what they describe as capacity issues were listed among the factors that influenced the decision.

However, he is said to be unhappy with developments and has rejected the option of being redeployed to government, an olive branch often extended to outgoing leaders of the federation.

Ntshalintshali was appointed Cosatu general secretary in 2015 following the dismissal of Zwelinzima Vavi and he retained the post at the organization’s 2018 congress.

Participants in the leadership talks said his tenure was meant to be an interim measure to allow for continuity and stability at a time when the federation was on shaky ground.

Sources said his deputy, Solly Phetoe, was the preferred candidate for the post of general secretary and was supported by all affiliates.



The unpopular Bheki Ntshalintshali faces the ax of Cosatu

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