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Cosatu gets legal advice on secrecy bill

2012-12-22 10:21

Johannesburg - Trade union federation Cosatu has referred the Protection of State Information Bill to its lawyers for advice.

At its end-of-year press conference, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the secrecy bill, if passed unamended, would be a serious attack on every South African’s constitutional rights.

“The act must never be used to classify information which exposes corruption or other crimes as ‘secret’ or criminalise whistle-blowers who reveal such information,” Vavi said.

Vavi expressed concern about ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s organisational report, which dubbed the union federation ill-disciplined.

In his report, Mantashe said Cosatu was the only alliance partner that sees the democratic government as worse or the same as the apartheid regime.

Vavi said this was not true and that Cosatu had never made such a statement.

However, Vavi dismissed suggestions that there were cracks in the tripartite alliance.

“We’re not worried about the alliance collapsing anytime soon,” he said.

Labour brokers

Vavi said the alliance was in good shape and will be stronger in 2013.

He promised Cosatu would respond to the ANC’s Mangaung resolutions after studying them.

Vavi’s deputy, Bheki Ntshalintshali, said it was too early to judge ANC leaders re-elected in Mangaung.

“We live in hope that they’ll be able to steer the country,” Ntshalintshali said.

Vavi has urged Gauteng motorists not to register for e-tolls or buy e-tags and to make the system unworkable.

Also a top priority for Cosatu next year will be fighting for labour brokers to be scrapped.

Vavi says 2012’s wave of spontaneous strikes show that millions of poor and marginalised South Africans are losing patience and have begun their own militant fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality and for economic transformation.

Comments
  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-22 10:27

    Keep at it Mr Vavi!!!!

      mapitsi.mogale - 2012-12-22 12:09

      Yeh, we want caders like him

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-22 13:02

      @Leonard I agree specifically that he may be 'looked' after...let the alliance split and see how far they get on their own but we know that's not going to happen...

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-22 10:35

    Respect

  • difa.mashwama - 2012-12-22 10:43

    vavi watchout look where Malema and other comrades are now? everyone who opposes JZ gets booted out ,if u are not corrupt why do'nt you expose your comrades in the mining sector who are suspected to have shares in those mines and negotiate peanuts for workers whom their lives are at danger everyday.

  • Erna - 2012-12-22 10:49

    'We live in hope that they'll be able to steer the country.' How encouraging is that? Weren't these guys part of the election process that supported zuma.

      mapitsi.mogale - 2012-12-22 12:00

      Erna, cosatu might have voted for zuma in mangaung but its gud that they show us that they dont agree with all the Anc decides in govnmnt

  • thandanani.mabanga - 2012-12-22 10:52

    Different views in any co-tripartite alliance partners must not be used opportunistically to advance individuals' ulterior motive. Those individuals with vested vendetta should understand that each alliance partner is autonomous, but there common objectives: but logical conclusion is that we must demise public spats and use our alliance productively. Triple challenges are problematic to every citizens, and should not be used in advocating agenda that is biased to populists and capitalism.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-22 16:03

      . That might be true, but one also has to accept, that the value of the Rand , has had a negative effect , on the Botswana economy, and that this had a possitive outcome , on the political situation in Madagascar !!!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-22 17:14

      Tm, you are right, but if a trade unionist's motive differs from the Alliance's, that does not make it "ulterior." If I were a wage earner I would feel very threatened by State press censorship. It is in such differences of opinion that the Alliance, such it is, can continue to be a good thing.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-22 11:09

    Cosatu could also have said to the ANC we will only support you if the Information bill is off the charts. They didn't, thus any action of them now is too late and hypocritical.

  • reon.dereuck - 2012-12-22 11:14

    Just don't use the same lawyers as "man sues bank over wife's affair"...........

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-22 12:10

      Lol

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-22 11:44

    It is a well known fact that the south african citizens have absolutely no say in this country, we are just working fodder to for the elite mafia. It is their intentions to keep all misdeeds etc well hidden and although they say they are going to curb corruption, how will we ever know, I believe its a way so they can steal even more. We have no justice system, zuma with his brilliance has corrupted that as well. This secrecy Bill when enforced will force us to be blind to corruption, deaf to what is going on around us and dumb for letting all this happen. This bill only favours the ruling party ali baba and all his thieves.

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-22 11:46

    Our government only listens to

  • mapitsi.mogale - 2012-12-22 11:49

    Read that? That is what the citizens of this country wanna hear. We dont want people who agree on everything that is said by government coz they are alliance partners. The opposition parties of this country r failing so for the rulling party to be trnsprnt on all of their affairs cosatu Must ACT RESPONSIBILY and protect our rights. Ure sdumo I'm nt sure about his loyalty bt RIDE ON VAVI

  • mapitsi.mogale - 2012-12-22 11:50

    Read that? That is what the citizens of this country wanna hear. We dont want people who agree on everything that is said by government coz they are alliance partners. The opposition parties of this country r failing so for the rulling party to be trnsprnt on all of their affairs cosatu Must ACT RESPONSIBILY and protect our rights. Ure sdumo I'm nt sure about his loyalty bt RIDE ON VAVI

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-22 12:08

      ??

  • mapitsi.mogale - 2012-12-22 11:53

    Read that? That is what the citizens of this country wanna hear. We dont want people who agree on everything that is said by government coz they are alliance partners. The opposition parties of this country r failing so for the rulling party to be trnsprnt on all of their affairs cosatu Must ACT RESPONSIBILY and protect our rights. Ure sdumo I'm nt sure about his loyalty bt RIDE ON VAVI

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-22 12:09

      ?????????

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-22 12:45

      Yea....??????????....

  • tony.smith.169067 - 2013-01-05 00:04

    The process is at an advanced stage. Like a malignant tumor the sickness needs removing for the patient to have a chance. Rampant sin best describes the situation. We need men and woman of the highest moral order who are prepared to face, arrest, prison, exile even death to confront this unsatiable monster. Their inspired words of truth will judge the evil now resident in our land.

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