Zingiswa Losi expected to Phakama as first Cosatu female president

Zingiswa Losi expected to Phakama as first Cosatu female president
UPCOMING: Zingiswa Losi is expected to become the union federation's first female president. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/ZK

Sdumo Dlamini is reportedly on his way out.

Former SANDF soldier Zingiswa Losi is expected to emerge as the first female President of Cosatu when the federation union’s national elective congress begins today (Mon, 17 Sept 2018)

Losi, who is being lobbied mainly by Nehawu and Popcru to take up the seat, has a popular consensus from all 17 affiliates to take over from President Sdumo Dlamini, whose relationship with former President Jacob Zuma has made him lose favour with the unionists.

Sources say Losi, who comes from Popcru, is expected to be elected unopposed.

The congress begins on 17 and ends on 20 September 2018.

Cosatu elects two deputy presidents – a 1st and a 2nd deputy – and Losi is 2nd deputy president and Tyotyo James is 1st.

James won’t come back – he is also expected to step down, but general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe and treasurer Freda Oosthuysen are expected to retain their positions, according to reports.

Losi had served as a NUMSA shop-steward while working for Ford in Port Elizabeth.

Later on, Losi was controversially appointed the deputy director of the cops in the Eastern Cape.

In 2014, NUMSA went to war with Losi over the “unprocedural” appointment, causing her to leave the union and join Popcru.

Losi became a 2nd deputy president of Cosatu while she was a Numsa member.

But when NUMSA began going to war with Cosatu and SACP, Losi left to join Popcru, despite having never been a cop, to allow herself to keep the Cosatu deputy president position.

The 13th Cosatu congress will be held in Midrand.

(edited by MLM)

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