- In a highly irregular move, COSATU opted not to attend the ANC national executive committee lekgotla on Friday
- The trade union federation is preparing to strike and feels that the ruling party is making things deliberately difficult
- The strike is expected to take place later this week to fight for the rights of the working class
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COSATU opted out of attending the ANC National Executive Committee Lekgotla on Friday for the first time in years.
This comes as the trade union federation prepares for a strike, according to spokesperson Sizwe Pamla, who commented on the no-show that:
"The ANC kept changing the dates and this made it difficult for COSATU to plan, considering that we have a strike next week. All leaders of COSATU at all levels are busy finalising the preparations for the strike."
City Press reports that the focus of the ruling party's gathering had been on progress reports detailed by secretary-general Ace Magashule.
Magashule had focused on ANC achievements since the last NEC meeting in addition to the resolutions undertaken at the 2017 national conference at NASREC.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the union took to Twitter to share posts informing workers about the strike and also calling on them to take part on 7 October.
"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."
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 money that was 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.
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