The beleaguered general secretary's pack came off second best at a meeting of the divided federation.
New kids on the block, the EFF and Agang SA, are taking chunks out of the ANC's youth base and middle class, an election survey has found.
Divisions in Cosatu have forced the federation to temporarily withhold its budgeted R8-million for the ANC's election campaign.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini's supporters won almost all the debates at its central executive committee meeting - another blow for Zwelinzima Vavi.
Factions within the ruling party have revealed their loyalties in lobby lists for legislatures and are ignoring orders from party leaders.
Nomvula Mokonyane says she would serve for a second term if deployed. But ANC leaders in the province say she doesn't stand a chance.
The public enterprises minister faces the challenging task of wooing apolitical youth and disaffected middle class.
The ANC's North West provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo allegedly spent R40 000 during a CD launch.
Investigators have set their sights on a secret bank account that they say may have been used for fraudulent activities.
A bid is under way to force federation to hold a special congress to deal with 'ANC lackeys'.