CONGRESS of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) affiliates are piling pressure on the mother body to pronounce its position on ANC succession, with its largest industrial union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday backing Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party post-2017.The federation’s central executive committee meeting last week did not make a call on its preferred leader despite the fact that most of its affiliates wanted it to endorse Ramaphosa. But it was agreed at the meeting that they could proceed individually.While Cosatu has no voting rights in the ANC, its voice is crucial, as most of its members are also members of the governing party.The federation is the third leg in the tripartite alliance with the ANC and the South African Communist party.Business Day understands that the clash in Cosatu mirrors that in the governing party — some unions and leaders openly support a faction close to President Jacob Zuma and others oppose this group.At least five of the federa...

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