M&G Hangout: Cosatu, Mangaung and Malema
Cosatu at a crossroads, the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung, and Julius Malema's plans to start a mining revolution: these are the issues in the spotlight in this week's Mail & Guardian, and we want to answer your questions in our weekly live video with our reporters.
Cosatu’s national congress next week is set to become a mini-Mangaung with one of its most vexing matters being whether or not to support President Jacob Zuma’s campaign for re-election as ANC president.
Warring factions in the trade union federation are planning to field candidates to contest the positions of both its president, Sdumo Dlamini, and general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
The recent Marikana massacre, which resulted in the killing of 34 workers by police, will also take centre stage.
Meanwhile, expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s "mining revolution" is on course and is expected to spread to other parts of the country. The plan, according to current league leaders, is to start a revolution that will create a crisis for "capital" and Zuma.
Every Friday the Mail & Guardian Online hosts a live video chat on a major news topic of the week. This week we chat to our politics reporter Matuma Letsoalo who will take your questions about Cosatu's conference and related issues.
What is the future of our unions? Are they facing a legitimacy crisis given the break-away of smaller unions and the fall-out from the Marikana massacre? What is Malema's plan? Send us your pressing questions and tune in to watch our live video at 11am.
Verashni Pillay will pose your comments and questions to our reporters during the chat. We will also take your tweets in real time sent to @mailandguardian. You can watch the video on this link when it happens at noon, and the recorded version afterwards.
Watch the previous video chat with our reporters featuring your questions about the various crises facing South African schools.