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Vol 55 No 8

Published 18th April 2014

South Africa

Vavi and the unions fall out

The power struggle to control the trades union federation will reignite after the elections and damage the ANC

The deal between rival factions of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, mediated by Cyril Ramaphosa on 8 April, is likely to prove temporary. Hostilities are set to resume after the general elections on 7 May, with the probable result that Cosatu – Africa’s largest union federation with 2.2 million members – will be split between one faction that supports President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress and another that backs a radical alternative to the ANC.

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