"You keep raising Marikana when the commission put in place found Cyril not guilty" THE Congress of South African Trade Unions has defended its decision to back ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma next year, describing him as a “liberator of mineworkers” during apartheid.Cosatu also dismissed criticism of Ramaphosa for his role in the Marikana massacre, saying this had been a ploy to discredit the ANC-led government, not necessarily the ANC deputy president himself. The federation announced its support for Ramaphosa after its central executive committee meeting this week.“You keep raising Marikana when the commission put in place found Cyril not guilty. Things will be raised, it doesn‘t matter who leads the ANC, this war is not against individuals, but against the ANC. [Opposition parties] are after regime change,” said Cosatu‘s second deputy president, Zingiswa Losi.Prior to the committee meeting, Cosatu said it would allo...

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