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Cosatu threatens on info bill

2011-05-31 20:07

Cape Town - Trade union federation Cosatu on Tuesday threatened to refer the protection of information bill to the Constitutional Court if the measure was passed by Parliament without major amendments.

"This bill is a significant setback for the protection of openness, transparency and accountability guaranteed by our Constitution," it said in a statement.

Apart from the fundamental substantive concerns Cosatu had with the proposed legislation, "no compelling reasons have been provided to explain why this bill is being rushed through Parliament".

Cosatu had therefore written to the ANC to request a meeting to discuss the measure.

"However, if the bill is passed without major amendments to protect whistle-blowers and South Africans’ right to access information of public interest, the federation will refer the bill to the Constitutional Court for a ruling on its constitutionality," it said.

Comments
  • CamsComment - 2011-05-31 20:11

    Bravo Cosatu. Do whatever you must to stop this bill from being passed, but please, big big please, do not bring SA to a standstill with mass strikes. Our economy can't handle it.

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-31 20:18

      it will pass.

      nem - 2011-05-31 20:25

      Thumbs up Cosatu,,,bring down the communist anc regime,,,VIVA DEMOCRACY !!!!

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-31 20:33

      Well done COSATU

      Dave - 2011-05-31 20:40

      @Thobsion, yes, it probably will, but with the will of the people of this country behind stopping the plundering of this country, it WILL be overturned

      G.du Plessis - 2011-05-31 21:43

      Breakaway please COSATU. You have 3 million or more members and I would strongly consider voting for a labour party.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-06-01 07:16

      @Thobsion - I find it very strange how someone will support the idea of "not knowing", esp from someone who supports a group who fought decades for that very right.

      saabnut - 2011-06-01 07:29

      @ G.du Plessis: I would too, if only the other fork of the tongue would disappear.

      Koring - 2011-06-01 08:16

      The stupidity in this county boggles the mind. And yet, Cosatu members (knowing this) still vote for the ANC. One minute the blast the ANC and its lackeys, then they vote them back into power and then the promptly lambast them again. You get what you voted for VAVI, so put up and shut up. Maybe by 2014 you would have grown up.

  • GT - 2011-05-31 20:20

    WELL DONE COSATU!! Lets see how powerful you really are. I will support a national strike across all sectors and will do my very best to support any other ideas anyone has on how to defeat this rubbish, but dangerous legislation. This is the nail in the coffin of an open society and cannot be tolerated! Governments belong to the people, not the other way round. The poorest will suffer the most from this because they have no other recourse to action without state support.

      Francois - 2011-05-31 21:05

      I agree. I will strike for as long as needed. See how the economy survives without accountants.

      Settler - 2011-05-31 22:15

      I agree, I will strike for as long as needed, see how long the economy will last without Labour Brokers.

      Felix - 2011-06-01 08:33

      I will join the strike, but mainly because I would rather play golf than work :). Big thumbs up to Cosatu.

      GMan - 2011-06-02 07:22

      Nice one Felix ^^

  • PMG - 2011-05-31 20:21

    Is this the same COSATU that defiantly told us 15 years ago that OBE was the best form of education on the planet?COSATU is 100% resposible today for the high levels of unemployment.Everyone must have a proper job,with benifits,just like a muncipal cadre - please tell that to the man starving at the robot.BTW was Vavi's wife ever cleared WRT that skelm deal that she was accused of?

      Francois - 2011-05-31 21:07

      PMG, give credit where credit is due. Stick to this discussion.

  • Vuzi - 2011-05-31 20:23

    Viva Vavi, Viva Cosatu. To hell with you ANC, crash and burn. Cosatu rid yourselves of this big fat tic. Stand alone in the next election. Get real power.

  • Dave - 2011-05-31 20:26

    One minute you hate them, next minute you love them, in this case, Cosatu, spread the love

      OuWitBooi - 2011-05-31 20:35

      The enemy of my enemy is my ally.

      Dave - 2011-05-31 20:38

      So true Ou! I wanted to klap Patrick Craven tonight about mass action against Walmart, but lets see if they have the balls to follow though

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-31 20:31

    Strange bedfellows, COSATU and the ANC!Yet, at least there are still some people on the ANC Express who seem to have a little more integrity than the rest. Let's hope that they are not just grandstanding with the aim of giving in at the last minute.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-31 20:34

    Well done COSATU, at least you are right in some things. I just hope that you stick with it and get other groups to join you.

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-31 21:21

      The DA has shown its intent to fight this bill some days ago. Good to see Cosatu's reaction. Strange bedfellows, but my enemy's foe is my friend all the same. Maybe Cosatu will see some more light on other issues going forward.

  • Cliff - 2011-05-31 20:35

    Go for it COSATU!!

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-31 20:35

    Yes! At last Cosatu has done the right thing. This Bill is bad for the common people.

  • iqanda - 2011-05-31 20:38

    is that statement from jeremy cronin, the white messiah? cosatu know where their bread is spread and will not oppose the anc.

      Dave - 2011-05-31 20:49

      For heavens sake, why bring race into this, this has nothing, nothing to do with race but our freedom as people of this country

      Weeg - 2011-05-31 21:16

      Iqanda your comments are all like crap all over news 24. You disgrace to black man and world. We hate you! Boom-boom...bang-bang...lie down youre dead!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-05-31 21:55

      Iqanda you are an IDIOT and don't know the ANC. Cronin is in SACP, CRAVEN is COSATU!

      Bacon - 2011-06-01 13:12

      It's got nothing to do with black or white. We fought for decades to get rid of an oppressive government. Finally now we have our freedom, the ANC wishes to take that freedom away?!! Anyone who supports this is either incredibly stupid or they have something to hide. Which one are you?

  • Lydon - 2011-05-31 20:42

    For once I agree with Cosatu.

  • Jimmy - 2011-05-31 20:46

    At best Cosatu wants the whole pie for the workers. How does that help the unemployed ? At worst, that is a ploy - they probably want it only for themselves. Still, this time they have got it right.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-31 20:51

    Thanks COSATU, finally something we can agree upon. Go for it!

  • william.botha - 2011-05-31 20:51

    Don't threaten, just do it.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-31 21:25

    It doesn't happen often...but occasionaly COSATU actually mumble something constructive... They say politics breeds strange bedfellows... this has the potential to live up to that concept... At all costs this bill needs to be deep sixed to Davey Jones locker...lest we want South Africa to plummet to the days of the Nationalist Party and Secret Police !!! Whoever you support, lobby your local government rep and fight this virus of secrecy !!!

  • Stefan - 2011-05-31 21:35

    Well done Cosatu !

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-31 22:15

    Took someone long enough to voice their opinion....at freaking last! Wonder what skeletons they have on ANC to make this stand, seeing as too many other have only squeeked and Cosatu is the first to roar.

  • Ogre - 2011-06-01 00:26

    Looking at the replies to the posts it seems to me that race does not really matter when the common good is at stake. It gladdens this ogre's heart. Hope to see all us whities toi-toiing if COSATU calls a strike. Man, this might be just what the doctor ordered for us to stand together on something. Just a warning to the government, when I attend a strike I like to light the fire before before everything starts, so that the coals can be ready and the beer cold after all the hard work. All are invited to share the fire, but bring your own meat and plonk. Poly, you and your buddies are invited too, no hard feelings.

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-06-01 07:26

    COSATO, can you please make up your mind. Are you with the ANC or against? Stop blowing hot air out of your ass and stand up against the ANC in all aspects.

  • Sarcastic - 2011-06-01 07:42

    I am beginning to think that Cosatu is crying wolf. Once too often, they have cried foul on idiotic utterrances from our so called democratic government. It is, almost, as if Gov calls on Cosatu, to scream and shout on proposed measures. People would think that Cosatu has their backs. However, this is just a ploy to shift focus. Cosatu will do nothing because by calling on their members to vote for the ANC, means they endorse actions by the ANC. Vavi will say what we all want to hear - he is the test ground for the Gov vs Joe public. If the protests are too much for the Gov to handle, Gov will drop it. However, if puppet Vavi does not get much reaction, guess what. What has Cosatu to gain or lose by Gov adopting this bill? My personal opinion, this will go ahead, as would the toll fees, bad service delivery. PS. Has someone considered giving Outsurance a seat or two in Gov for sorting out the pothole problems. Where is Outsurance getting funding to do this? How is it that Outsurance can get this right, yet the taxes we pay for petrol, licences etc, to Gov, is not being used for this? Another point. Why has Cosatu not taken Gov to task on the Arora issue. Is it not treason by the connections of Madiba and Zuma? Gov calls for job creation and their direct relatives have created a problem? Cosatu is very quiet on this. Sorry guys, just had to vent.

  • hos_ja - 2011-06-01 08:24

    Zwelinzima Vavi for president!!!

  • ratex - 2011-06-01 08:25

    Rockwell wrote a song about this back in the 80's.... Somebody's Watching Me

      Greybeard - 2011-06-01 09:02

      Go further back. Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth. As relevant now in this country as it was in the 80's, and in the states before that. Well worth a listen

  • Moipone Bokaba - 2011-06-01 09:31

    Good Cosatu and what is the South African Human Rights Commission doing given that they have a Promotion of Access to Information department inhouse and why are they silent cos this will surely impact hugely on that. Why is it that we hear only Non Governmental Institutions making noises while the are Chapter 9 bodies which are supposed to fight against this...but then again this is what people voted for, so much for democracy and freedom of speech. While they are still at it, they might as well close all the media schools cos what will be the joys of being an investigative journalist if you know that you will be arrested for reporting. Democracy will not be true to its essential ideal if those in power are able to manipulate the electorate by withholding information and stifling criticism. Only time will tell if this will withstand the Constitutional scrutiny in relation to section 16 and section 32 of the Bill of Rights. But then again, this is South Africa and anything is possible.

  • Werner - 2011-06-01 09:40

    I adore this love/hate relationship we have with COSATU. No other organization makes me flip so quickly between FML and FTW.

  • simondgie - 2011-06-02 07:52

    We don't want amendments, we want it thrown out completely.

  • lungelo mpatho - 2011-06-02 14:32

    viva cosatu viva!

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