Cosatu: Preventing vote a crime

2011-05-17 12:36
Johannesburg - Cosatu repeated its call on Tuesday for voting days to be declared non-trading public holidays.

With local government elections less than 24-hours away, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven urged employers to allow workers time off to vote.

"To prevent workers from voting is a criminal offence," he said in a statement.

"We urge the IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] to set up a toll-free number for people to phone if they are being prevented from voting by their employer."

Business Unity SA (Busa) repeated the call for workers to be allowed time off to vote.

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"Busa urges all employers to make provision for staff to have quality time off to vote," it said in a statement.

"Busa believes that for democracy to deepen and widen in SA, every citizen should be free to participate in the democratic process as they see fit."

Cosatu appealed to workers to vote for the ANC.

"People are of course angry at corruption, waste and the slow delivery of services which are still big problems in many communities, but boycotting elections, or worse still voting for pro-business and anti-worker opposition parties will be a huge blunder."

He said the struggle to build a new and better South Africa "cannot be won by the DA [Democratic Alliance]".

Busa said the elections were "an opportunity for citizens to hold their political leaders accountable for service delivery".

- SAPA

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