PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Ramble
 
Comments: 3
Article views: 9
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Ramble's badges.
 

This article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice report. Articles are selected based on quality of writing, audience response, newsworthiness and originality, and is at the discretion of the MyNews24 editors.

A Challenge to Cosatu:

24 November 2011, 15:10

Dear Comrade's

 

As you are well aware this last Tuesday the alarm bells for our fledgling democracy began ringing just that much louder. Dubbed 'black Tuesday' Parliament voted in favour, with the ANC MP's holding the overwhelming majority, for the Information Bill.

 

As a citizen of this country there was some small hope that sanity would prevail and the bill would be voted down. But alas that was not to be the case. More so in light of the new information that the ruling party is to take disciplinary action against its MP's that withheld their votes. This draconian approach to the ANC's own members does not bode well for us ordinary citizens.

 

There is indeed strong opposition against the bill proposed by your alliance partner, ranging from all levels of civil society from the DA and other parties, SANEF to the Right2Know campaign and many many others.

 

What was refreshing was hearing of your (Cosatu's) voice added to that of the opposition in speaking out against this bill.

 

Now while the unions and many current organisations in South Africa do not see eye to eye, one thing is clear that in the interests of all South Africans, this bill cannot be made law.

 

Your own general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been extremely outspoken against corruption within the government and ANC. Added to this the recent statement before the vote took place where Cosatu made it clear it will seek action in the constitutional court if due process's that were promised were not followed and the bill not relooked at.

 

Now we know the consultations in the nine provinces did not take place and the bill was once again pushed through Parliament.

 

What now?

 

My question to your dear comrades is how will you use your influence now? How will you show your hand?

 

I will not pretend to be a supporter of the unions due to policy differences and the violence and destruction that seems to follow each time a strike is called. But one thing the mass actions do demonstrate is the 'power' your organisation holds within the politics of South Africa.

 

But my question remains, what will you do now? How will you follow up this denunciation of the Information Bill in direct conflict with your alliance member the ANC?

 

Would not a general strike of some form raise the political bar on this matter?

 

I would certainly like to see the reaction of the ANC top caucus in the face of a direct challenge.

 

You claim to be a voice of the worker and people, I think it's time that Cosatu should show the ANC what exactly the people and workers of this country really think of a bill that we do not want signed   

So my challenge to you is, put your money where your mouth is.

 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Walter Maja
No end to political killings in K...

With the Moerane Commission still investigating the political killings at KwaZulu-Natal it’s disheartening that the province still continues to experience same brutal killings of politicians. Read more...

0 comments 27 views
Submitted by
Rev Maudu Morudu
Mugabe left a legacy of dictators...

What happened to Mugabe is a clear lesson that, the political future of those who want to stay in power forever does not last long. Read more...

0 comments 20 views
Submitted by
Rodgers Buluma
Entrepreneurship the only way to ...

Job opportunities in Kenya and across the world have become treasures to both the elites and those who are educationally challenged. Read more...

0 comments 23 views
Submitted by
Sibongile Mlangeni
Christians must not pay tithes

Christian tithing has no New Testament example and no command either. It is unscriptural for Christians to pay tithes. It was meant for a specific nation for specific purposes.  Read more...

0 comments 5436 views
Submitted by
Pedro Mzileni
Student depression: Why some stud...

The successful people who have graduated think that sharing their stories is a sign of weakness. The socio-academically struggling students think that asking for help is a sign of weakness.  Read more...

0 comments 474 views
Submitted by
Ken Sibanda
Mugabe still subject to civil law...

The immunity granted to President Mugabe this Tuesday, while it covers criminal and civil charges in Zimbabwe, does not cover civil lawsuits filed in foreign countries on his person. Read more...

0 comments 558 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Junior Chef

Century City
Pro Placements Recruitment Agency
R8 000 - R9 000 Per Month

Graphic Designer

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Creative Sourcing
R7 000 - R9 000 Per Month

CSR Inbound

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
O'Brien Recruitment
R14 000 - R16 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.