The bond of friendship got sour and cold, when S’dumo Dlamini made public calls that was seen as resentful. Burning pressure from Cosatu affiliates and attempts to unseat him have forced the federation’s president S’dumo Dlamini to come out and say he wants President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Dlamini, a known Zuma ally, apologised for the third time for attending Zuma’s 75th birthday celebrations in Soweto and warned that the battle to remove the president was a “do or die” affair. He dished out a scathing threat, that the resignation should be now or never.

The party, regarded as a factional gathering of Zuma’s supporters, was hastily organised to counter the march by thousands of South Africans led by opposition parties and civil society organisations to the Union Buildings to demand that the president quit.

Dlamini came under fire for attending the party, with Cosatu’s biggest union, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), also pushing for his removal.