Johannesburg - Cosatu national office-bearers are donning T-shirts endorsing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to become the next president.

The office bearers were briefing the media on the outcomes of their central executive committee meeting held in Joburg over the past three days.

Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi and deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe arrived at the media briefing at Cosatu House in Braamfontein in T-shirts endorsing Ramaphosa's campaign.

Even Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla was decked out in the black, yellow, green and white t-shirt, emblazoned with the words "CR17 Siyavuma" - a slogan that is widely associated with Ramaphosa's campaign. 

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini, who is widely viewed as a staunch supporter of President Jacob Zuma, wore a chequered scarf in apparent solidarity with the people of Palestine.

At the weekend, while addressing a rally which was attended by Ramaphosa in Seshego, Limpopo, Phetoe called on Zuma to step down.

Cosatu has barred Zuma from attending and addressing its events, after he was booed and heckled by workers and prevented from addressing the national May Day rally in Bloemfontein.

The labour federation has thrown its weight behind Ramaphosa's bid to succeed Zuma when he steps down as ANC leader in December, and possibly become the country's president in 2019. 

Former AU Commission chairperson has also been criss-crossing the country in her quest to ascend to the throne.

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