President Jacob Zuma has been barred from addressing Cosatu’s central committee meetings and all other federation events. Cosatu’s central executive committee decided on Monday at a special meeting sitting that it would write to the ANC to inform the ANC in writing of its decision — choosing rather to be addressed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The organisation, a key ANC partner in the tripartite alliance, holds its central committee meeting next week from Monday to Thursday, June 1. This follows Zuma’s embarrassment at Cosatu’s May Day celebration in Bloemfontein, where workers prevented him and other leaders of the ANC-led alliance from speaking by incessantly booing and heckling. Cosatu announced in April that it had lost faith in Zuma and that he was not the right person to unite and lead the ANC alliance and the country. The Cosatu position appears to be putting the governing party in a difficult position. It is understood that the ANC is considering not sending either Z...

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