South Africa's Cosatu labor groups cancels May Day speeches after Zuma booed

Reuters News
Posted: May 01, 2017 8:07 AM

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Cosatu labor federation canceled speeches at a May Day rally including an expected address by President Jacob Zuma after the crowd became rowdy and some members booed Zuma, eNCA TV reported on Monday.

Zuma and his entourage could be seen on live TV hastily leaving the podium and being whisked in a large motorcade from the event in the central city of Bloemfontein.

Cosatu, a key political ally of the ruling ANC, last month called on Zuma to step down after his change of finance ministers triggered a credit rating downgrade to "junk".

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard)