We are ready to defend Cosatu – Dlamini

2014-12-08 14:29

Those forming unions in opposition to the Congress of South African Trade Unions are trying to “liquidate” the trade union federation, says its president S’dumo Dlamini.

“The intention is to feed into the agenda ... to liquidate Cosatu,” he told a National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) central executive committee meeting in Boksburg on the East Rand today.

“Other people have tried before ... [However] when you begin to attack Cosatu we will respond in kind. We are ready.”

Dlamini was referring to the newly formed South African Public Service Union, formed by former South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members.

Expelled Sadtu president Thobile Ntola was leading the union.

Dlamini questioned why workers would trust a leader who had been expelled from another union.

“There are too many people these days who call themselves leaders, especially in unions,” he said.

“[How does a] leader who got expelled from his union after members entrusted him ... but decides to steal from the same members to beef up his lifestyle?

“Why would workers place their trust in a leader that is corrupt?”

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