- Workers' union Cosatu has taken to Twitter to call on the government to take action against corrupt officials
- Cosatu also announced that there will be a national strike on the 7th of October next month
- Their strike action comes after the country saw a high rate of corruption regarding Covid-19 relief funds
South Africa's largest trade union, Cosatu, has planned a mass strike on the 7th of October next week. The union took to Twitter to share posts informing workers about the strike and also calling on them to take part.
"We expect all #COSATU affiliates to be distinguished by their capacity to fight for their members and the working class as a whole. The trade union movement needs to prove and show that it is morally and temperamentally fit to lead this fight on #October7," they wrote on their official Twitter page this morning.
The strike comes after the country saw huge cases of corruption by officials who took advantage of both the coronavirus crisis and the relief fund that was meant to aid South Africans and help them through the difficult period brought along by the pandemic.
Corrupt governmental officials took the opportunity to loot monies that were meant for PPE and food parcels for the poorest percentage of South Africa. Cosatu has since called on the government to take immediate action against those involved.
“The effects of corruption in the public sector harm the poor by increasing the costs of public services, which should be free. Corruption in the private sector has got even higher implications because of its ability to affect the whole economy and to bring it to its knees.
“Cosatu is prepared to work with all those who are willing to fight this toxic disorder that is liquidating this country and that steals from the poor. We can only have a successful partnership if we work together and show the same level of intolerance for private sector corruption as we do for public sector corruption,” Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu’s national spokesperson, said.
In other Briefly.co.za political news, President Cyril Ramaphosa promises to rectify electricity issues in SA. President Cyril Ramaphosa has come forward to address a pressing issue that has had the whole of South Africa in a fuss for some time - the country’s electricity crisis.
Ramaphosa has made a promise to tackle this issue head-on. Ramaphosa has made these promises in the form of a new act, which would contribute to the current power demands, among others. This act is a formal promise to fix the pressing electricity issue SA is facing.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the government has gazetted a new way forward for the Energy Regulation Act, under the Department of Energy. The act will allow Eskom to source more than 11,800 megawatts of power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs).
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