COSATU leadership has spoken out following the pro-Cyril Ramaphosa chants during yesterday’s nationwide march, saying that although they were unplanned, they did little to take away from the meaning of the march.
While COSATU took to South African streets to protest corruption and state capture, thousands of COSATU members in Durban paraded through the streets chanting their support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the ANC’s succession race.
The group’s leadership reiterated that the action was never meant to stray away from the protection of the labour force, but COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini says the main message of the march was not lost despite of this occurring in certain areas.
Thousands of Cosatu affiliates took to the streets calling for the complete banning of labour brokers and an urgent commission of inquiry into state capture.
“Let’s discuss and agree that what dominated this march were the issues of the workers, which we’ve advanced. We were not going to do anything about those who were singing.”
This is despite Dlamini dismissing claims that the demonstration is a proxy battle ahead of the ANC’s elective conference.