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KwaZulu-Natal Cosatu secretary Zet Luzipho has been re-elected for the third time as the KwaZulu-Natal leader of Cosatu, in a move that is set to boost ANC president Jacob Zuma’s chances at the December Mangaung elective conference.
He is credited for delivering KZN workers to Zuma in the 2007 pre-Polokwane election campaign.
The three-day conference under way in Pietermaritzburg is dominated by pro-Zuma campaigning as he is expected to get the biggest slice of Cosatu ANC members from kZN in Mangaung. During the height of the pre-Polokwane campaign, Luzipho raised the eyebrows of the Pietermaritzburg business community when he warned that there would be “blood” in the streets of the capital if the National Prosecution Authority recharged Zuma after his case had been thrown out of court by Judge Chris Nicholson.
Luzipho’s statement was later withdrawn by Patrick Craven, Cosatu’s national spokesman, who said the organisation would not resort to violence. Zuma himself had appealed for calm and discipline among supporters, saying that on no account should there be violence “because of these charges against me”.
Yesterday, Luzipho was re-elected unopposed with only one KZN Cosatu position being contested – that of the provincial chairman.
Last night current provincial chairman Basil Cele was set to fight it out with Beauty Zibula of the SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union.
The conference will finish today and adopt resolutions to guide it for the next three years.