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Zingiswa Losi’s future hangs in the balance ahead of Cosatu congress

Losi recently left the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) to join the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu).

FILE: President of Cosatu, Zingiswa Losi. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG — Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi’s fate hangs in the balance as she could run for the federation’s congress in September without a constituency.

Losi recently left the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) to join the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu).

However, she finds herself in a difficult situation because Satawu is not a union in good standing in Cosatu – the affiliate has failed to pay dues – which means that its members cannot attend the congress.

Wednesday morning,Eyewitness News revealed that the country’s largest federation is due to undergo a leadership reshuffle at its upcoming conference as moves are made to replace General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and the post of 2nd Vice-President falls vacant as Louisa Thipe retires.

Sources engaged in high-level talks over Cosatu’s future direction said Eyewitness News that while there was growing concern that Losi’s position was being compromised, others believed that an alternative solution could and would be found.

Losi – Cosatu’s first female president – resigned from Numsa in 2014 when she quit her job at Ford during a bitter tussle between Numsa and Cosatu.

She was quickly absorbed into the SA Police Department to register as a member of Popcru. At the time, Numsa raised objections to this decision.

Losi reportedly lost her position in the police secretariat, which enabled Popcru’s move and was hired at the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), where Satawu organizes.

Insiders said Eyewitness News that usually Popcru would have taken another position for her in the SAPS, but due to growing tensions between the union and Cosatu, she was left on her own.

Popcru distances itself from certain Cosatu structures such as the public service group called the joint mandate committee.

Satawu’s troubles go back years, its union coffers have been emptied and its former leaders are accused of corruption leading to periods of dysfunction, which explains why he cannot pay his Cosatu dues.

Losi’s eligibility to run for president for a second term depends on Satawu correcting this.

Sources, however, said talks are underway to find a solution so she can keep her job for continuity and the benefit of having a woman at the helm.

The rationale moved past earlier concerns from some executives who were on the fence about Losi’s return, citing what they said was a “half-hearted” approach to his position.

A year before being elected president of Cosatu in 2018, Losi was a candidate for the post of deputy general secretary of the ANC under the list of president Cyril Ramaphosa.

For some in the federation, she has always been seen as having ambitions for higher political office than what Cosatu presents.



Zingiswa Losi’s future hangs in the balance ahead of Cosatu congress

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