Corruption Watch ‘is interfering’

2013-04-23 08:47

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Union federation Cosatu’s president, Sidumo Dlamini, claims that Corruption Watch, an anti-graft agency, is interfering with union matters.

Dlamini told the financial daily, Business Day, he believed this meddling was deliberate.

According to the report today, this was likely to fuel tensions between Cosatu leadership and its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who sits on Corruption Watch’s board.

There was a concern that the agency’s work could embarrass Cosatu’s leadership.

Dlamini told Business Day Corruption Watch was involving itself in Cosatu’s internal struggles, as it appeared to be focusing on politically-driven cases.

Corruption Watch executive director Dave Lewis reportedly rejected the accusation, and said eight of 12 cases were against five of Cosatu’s affiliates.

Lewis said he did not know or care whether these affiliates were Vavi supporters or detractors.

Dlamini also criticised union leaders who criticised government’s National Development Plan, and said Cosatu would consider the plan at its executive meeting in May.

He said leaders of Cosatu affiliates would no longer obey an alliance pact which forbade public shows of dissent, but warned that by “labelling each other publicly”, leaders could create “a slippery mud environment in the alliance”.

He described Cosatu’s internal politics as a “struggle within a struggle”.

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