South Africa’s largest trade union elects first female president.

South Africa’s largest trade union federation on Tuesday elected a woman president, a first for the 33-year-old labour movement that helped lead the fight against apartheid.

Zingiswa Losi, 42, was nominated unopposed at an annual meeting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Johannesburg’s northern Midrand suburb.



The former soldier served in the South African army for three years before going to work at the Ford car plant in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

Cosatu plays a key role in South African politics and provided logistical support to the anti-apartheid struggle.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Losi, saying her election “affirms women  and black women in particular – as political activists and social reformers, leaders in their own right and agents of their own liberation”.

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