Cosatu decries ‘vote prevention’

2011-05-17 10:44

Union federation Cosatu repeated its call today for voting days to be declared non-trading public holidays.

With local government elections less than 24 hours away, spokesperson Patrick Craven urged employers to allow workers time off to vote.

“To prevent workers from voting is a criminal offence,” he said in a statement.

“We urge the IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] to set up a toll-free number for people to phone if they are being prevented from voting by their employer.”

Cosatu appealed to workers to vote for the ANC.

“People are, of course, angry at corruption, waste and the slow delivery of services which are still big problems in many communities, but boycotting elections, or worse still voting for pro-business and anti-worker opposition parties will be a huge blunder.”

He said the struggle to build a new and better South Africa “cannot be won by the DA [Democratic Alliance]”. 

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