Alliance partners united at Cosatu anniversary bash

2010-11-22 00:00

LEADERS of the ANC-led alliance organisations put their differences aside and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) during the federation’s KwaZulu-Natal celebrations held at Curries Fountain in Durban on Saturday.

Speaker after speaker from the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) and Cosatu re-committed their organisations to the alliance and emphasised the need to strengthen it.

They also confirmed that during the next year’s local government elections they will rally behind the ANC.

KZN Cosatu chairperson Sbo Nhlapo said the 25 years of Cosatu’s existence is a milestone for the struggle of the workers not only in South Africa but around the world.

“Even though we have achieved democracy in our country, the struggle for workers’ rights is going to continue because capitalists are still running the economy.

“As long as there is poverty and unemployment, we will be there to protect the workers,” Nhlapo said.

In an interview with T he Witness, Nhlapo raised her concerns about the large number of women who have been recalled from senior government positions since the coming to power of the ANC-led government.

“Since 1994 more than 80% of women who were put into top government positions had been recalled. We believe something needs to be done to capacitate them when they are deployed into top positions,” Nhlapo said.

During the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, among the people recalled was Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, who is the former president of one of the Cosatu unions, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union.

Besides speeches the celebrations featured soccer matches between Cosatu unions and live music of different genres performed by various artists.

A candle was lit to mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism against violence against women and children, an annual government-sponsored campaign due to start on Thursday.

 

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