AGENTS provocateur from abroad, working with some within Cosatu, are campaigning to destabilise the federation and divide the ruling alliance, it has been claimed.
Speaking at the organisation’s elective congress, which started in Midrand yesterday, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the truth would emerge as workers fought to keep the federation united.
Dlamini said money was destroying the federation and it was “eating itself”.
The congress comes after months of infighting that saw thousands of union members from Numsa and other unions expelled and the federation’s general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, shown the door.
Yesterday, there was chaos as affiliates spent the whole morning fighting over the credentials of leaders.
The Food and Allied Workers’ Union was eventually defeated in its bid to have Cosatu’s second deputy president, Zingiswa Losi, and the newly formed Liberated Metalworkers’ Union of SA (Limusa) excluded.,
Fawu said neither was supposed to be at the congress.
Losi was rescued by police union Popcru, which elected her as a shop steward. Limusa, formed after the expulsion of Numsa, was accepted by Cosatu’s central executive committee.
Dlamini called on unions to defend the federation against attempts to destroy it.
He accused foreign countries, notably the US, of paying some unions and leaders to destroy Cosatu.
President Jacob Zuma emphasised the role of the ruling alliance.
The congress continues today.