South Africa’s COSATU elects its first female president

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) elected its first female president Zingiswa Losi. Losi was elected uncontested at the federation’s 13th congress in Midrand on Tuesday.

Other elected leaders include, general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and the deputy secretary general is Solly Phetoe.  Zingiswa Losi previously held the position of second deputy president of COSATU.

Zingiswa Losi has promised to listen closely to grievances and give the best service possible. She also said that she would also recoup all the lost members. Losi noted before being elected that her mandate will align with worker and their needs.

Zingiswa Losi is also a member of the South African ruling party ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) and has promised to take workers grievances to every meeting she attends. Losi takes office at a period whem the labour union is facing some of its fieriest challenges.

Some of the challenge COSATU is facing is loss of membership losing over 300,000 members since the last congress. Losi has promise to regain these lost members by keeping her hear ear to the ground, keep to the basics and ensure that organizers are doing their jobs right.



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