The new federation could introduce a host of problems or revitalise the unions, change many lives and benefit the economy.
Despite resistance from Fawu, five out of six national leaders retained their positions uncontested – Zwelinzima Vavi the only exception.
Over 200 organisations have formed a coalition to campaign against state and private-sector looting, with Zwelinzima Vavi and union leaders on board.
Support for the trade union federation's ex-general secretary seems to be waning and his allies splintering.
In this episode, we take a look at the Cosatu congress, check in on Desmond Tutu and the Houdini of crime does it again.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has called on rebel unions aligned with Numsa and former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to "free themselves".
Cosatu's special national congress began on Monday with the media being kicked out before the formal programme began.
The tripartite alliance says it wants to address all "irritations" that are causing internal divisions at their five day summit.
President Jacob Zuma's laughing off Nkandla in Parliament and the police minister's report into the saga are examples of corruption denialism.
Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini says the rebel unions had only identified unity and cohesion as issues they want to be addressed, not electing new leaders.
Zwelinzima Vavi will not appeal his expulsion from Cosatu as general secretary, unless it holds what he calls a legitimate congress.
Lulamile Jack, leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association in Limpopo, has threatened to kill Zwelinzima Vavi for tearing Cosatu apart.
Zwelinzima Vavi is ready to fight for or against Cosatu, and he is leaving the decision of the direction of the battle in the hands of workers.
Any show of support for the expelled general secretary could cost Cosatu employees and leaders their jobs.
Allegedly the main reason for Vavi's expulsion was his "failure to fulfil his duties as secretary".
Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi will not be resigning and says he will return to the trenches to try and mobilise workers.
President Jacob Zuma has chastised leaders for sowing divisions within the tripartite alliance, and has called for a retreat to iron out the issues.
Cosatu admits it is facing financial difficulties, and is looking for long-term solutions to arrest the dire situation.