ConCourt judgment must serve as wake-up call - Cosatu

2016-04-05 16:41
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Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla should serve as a wake-up call for the Executive and the National Assembly, which needed to do serious introspection, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

- READ: FULL TEXT: Cosatu meets on ConCourt ruling

"They need to reflect deeply on what the court said and make sure that they do everything to win over the violated confidence of the people of South Africa," the Congress of SA Trade Unions said in a statement following its political commission meeting.

The trade union federation also called on the ANC leadership to provide the necessary leadership.

"Despite their personal positions and views, they need to act to defend the revolutionary character of the movement and the revolution itself."

Cosatu commended ANC veterans for speaking out and "showing concern", but asked that they engage directly with the ANC.

"The ANC leadership should also make sure that they do not allow the 54th ANC conference issues to defocus and occupy the movement's attention.

"This is going to weaken and defocus the movement and open a space for its enemies to capitalise," it said.

However, Cosatu agreed to accept President Jacob Zuma's apology and commended him for committing to paying back some of the money spent on non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

It called on all parties concerned to implement the court's orders.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding payment for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

'ANC needs to clean house'

It ruled that the National Assembly also failed to uphold the Constitution when it set aside Madonsela's report.

The court made 11 orders, which included that National Treasury determine the portion Zuma must repay, that Madonsela's remedial action is binding, and that Zuma must reprimand the ministers involved.

Since the judgment, calls for Zuma to step down or have the ANC recall him have increased.

The National Assembly on Tuesday was set to debate a motion to remove the president.

Cosatu said the call by opposition parties for Zuma to be removed was a "self-serving political ploy" to confuse the public and was an attack on the ANC.

"We agree that the ANC needs to clean house and openly acknowledge that issues such as corruption and corporate capture of the state are a big problem for the movement and its government.

"But that does not mean that we have to succumb to the machinations of the imperialist political forces that are in pursuit of a regime-change agenda," the federation said.

On the Gupta family, Cosatu said it was worried about the influence the family had.

The politically-connected Guptas, who are said to have strong ties to Zuma and other ANC leaders, have been accused of influencing Cabinet appointments.

Cosatu called on Zuma to distance himself from the family.

"We have no reason not to believe the disciplined ANC cadres who allege that they were offered positions by the Guptas.

"Cosatu calls on President Jacob Zuma to openly distance himself from the Gupta family. He should reprimand them and make it clear that they do not have his tacit support or endorsement."

The trade union federation accused the Guptas of embarrassing, weakening and dividing the movement at all levels.

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