President Jacob Zuma banned from addressing COSATU

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has banned President Jacob Zuma from addressing its central committee meetings and events, it made this announcement on Tuesday of the 23rd of May 2017.

COSATU went on to say its decision to allow President Jacob Zuma to speak at their Worker’s Day Rally was inconsistent with their stance that he should step down. President Jacob Zuma was famously booed off stage on that day.

COSATU general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali revealed this during a media briefing in Johannesburg following a special meeting of its central executive committee.

COSATU’s decision and position is yet another blow on Jacob Zuma’s presidency. It comes as the ANC approaches it’s elective conference in and December 2017 and due to begin campaigning for 2019 National General Election – both of which President Jacob Zuma won’t be available for election.

Meanwhile the ANC has responded to by saying it has “noted” the COSATU decision, “The ANC has not received any formal communication in this regard, we therefore won’t make any comments until such time there is an engagement with COSATU,” said ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa.

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