Cosatu calls for openness

2012-07-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Cosatu leaders and their immediate families must declare their business interests.

This was one of several resolutions to emerge from the labour federation’s three-day provincial congress, which ended at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Delegates said they would intensify their campaign to ensure interests were declared so that they could protect their leaders who came under attack when speaking about corruption.

Provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said the resolution was intended to promote transparency and did not indicate that Cosatu was opposed to people engaged in business activities.

The congress also called for the reports on the “many” forensic investigations into deals signed by government departments to be made public and for those implicated to face the wrath of the law.

Luzipho said there should be no protection of individuals implicated in irregularities, no matter what their position.

Beauty Zibula, of the SA Clothing, Textile and Allied Workers’ Union, beat incumbent Basil Cele to become the new chairperson of Cosatu in KZN.

The election was monitored by an independent body.

In a show of unity, Cele hugged Zibula after she presented the closing remarks yesterday afternoon.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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