Cosatu demands cancelling of Gupta company contracts

2017-09-27 07:16

Cape Town - Trade union federation Cosatu on Wednesday demanded that contracts awarded to Gupta-owned companies be reviewed.

Cosatu, which is planning mass strike action across the country, said that it wanted all contracts awarded to the companies investigated and the relevant government officials exposed.

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The call came as the union federation embarks on what it called a massive strike against corruption and state capture.

"This strike is about sending a message to both government and private sector that, as workers and citizens, we are tired of corruption," Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Cosatu, along with ANC-alliance partner the SACP is demanding that President Jacob Zuma step down.

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The organisation also called for suspicious contracts to be nullified and the money be returned to the fiscus to accelerate service delivery.

The protest action was approved by the National Economic Development and Labour Council in August.

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In Johannesburg, the march is scheduled to start outside the trade union's Braamfontein headquarters at 10:00, moving on toward Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's office, banks in the city centre and Premier David Makhura's office before ending at the Chamber of Mines.

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