The historical significance of the Union is important because it underpins some of the political dynamics of the country and possibly contributes as to why it has become so multi-cultural.
Norman Tebbit, once Member of Parliament, voiced a controversial opinion in 1990 that suggested that a person’s origins were indicated by which national sports team they supported.
Shop-floor activism and internal dynamic participation by all the structures is the only guarantee of the movement's survival.
It is also how, for many years, COSATU has reproduced leadership.
Comrade Violet was a good example of the shop floor based and shop-stewards activism that has characterised COSATU for more than two decades.