Cosatu to join ANCYL marches

2011-10-11 21:38
Johannesburg - Cosatu will join ANC Youth League marches for economic freedom of the working class and poor, spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Tuesday.

"The Congress of SA Trade Unions [Cosatu] supports the social issues this march is about," he said.

"There would obviously be debate about how these things should be implemented, but we support the principle."

He said it was not immediately known how many people would participate.

On Tuesday, the African National Congress Youth League welcomed Cosatu's support.

"Cosatu proves to the people of South Africa once again that the federation is a reliable ally in the struggles of the working class and the poor," spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said.

"[It] will never compromise principle because of petty politics."

Shivambu called on other organisations to follow suit.

The Economic Freedom Youth Mass Action would be held on October 27 and 28 at Beyers Naude Square in central Johannesburg, the Chamber of Mines in Hollard street, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton and at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where a night vigil was planned.

The ANCYL is marching for the nationalisation of mines, the expropriation of land without compensation, the banning of labour brokers, free education, decent housing, electricity for all formal and informal settlements and clean drinking water and sanitation.

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