Since its formation in 1985, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) had played a
significant role in the political landscape of South Africa. From the start, COSATU appeared to be in
support of the then banned African National Congress (ANC) when it adopted the Freedom Charter. This
article highlights the relationship which exists between COSATU and the ANC as part of the Tripartite
Alliance. The persistent animosity between the members of these two organisations is discussed.