Cosatu behind Caster

2009-09-25 08:29

THE Congress of SA Trade Uinons (Cosatu) has passed a special

resolution declaring their support of Caster Semenya.

In the resolution, the federation said it disproved the manner in

which Semenya was treated by the International Association of Athletics

Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa (ASA).

Before the resolution was passed, Popcru president Cedric Cebekhulu

called for the immediate resignation of ASA president Leonard Chuene and that he

be disciplined for the manner in which he handled the matter.

Some delegates asked the media and the IAAF to apologise for the

perceived mistreatment of the athlete.

Of utmost importance, however, was the call for an investigation of

the doctor who “released” the gender test results which apparently shows that

Semenya is a hemaphrodite, without informing her first.

Minister of women, children and people with disabilities,

Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, who spoke on behalf of the ANC, said:‘‘We need to

show and voice our support for Caster Semenya, her human rights were violated

and therefore I think congress cannot end without us saying something about it.

‘‘Caster is our own, she belongs to Cosatu, she comes from the

working class.” .

Madoda Sambatha, a NUM delegate said the resignation of Chuene

should not be the end of a probe into what happened to Semenya.

He proposed that the underlying violations of her human rights

should be probed.

Skhumbuzo Mbewu, a Samwu shopsteward called for Cosatu to improve

relations with the sporting fraternity so as to not trail behind on matters of

this nature.

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