Stop spending transport money on white elite - Cosatu

2016-10-05 21:24
 Bheki Ntshalintshali (Netwerk24)

Bheki Ntshalintshali (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Government should stop spending money on public transport projects for the white elite, Cosatu said on Wednesday.

Money was being spent on bicycle lanes and the Gautrain, while workers spent a third of their salaries on transport, the trade union federation’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters.

He was speaking ahead of a planned nationwide protest on Friday to call for decent jobs, the scrapping of e-tolls, banning of labour brokers, and the implementation of a national minimum wage.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba put a bicycle lane project in the city on hold when the DA ousted the ANC in the city after the August 3 local government elections.

Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile warned the ANC government it would find itself out of power after the 2019 elections if did not scrap the electronic tolling system which had already been implemented in Gauteng.

“If they do not become sober and scrap this thing (e-tolls) they must begin to pack their bags.”

Cosatu expected support for Friday’s protest to be “significant,” despite losing members in the past three years.

Numsa, Cosatu’s largest affiliate, and Fawu, had both left the federation.

Cosatu voted at its national congress in November last year to expel its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

The Food and Allied Workers' Union left Cosatu in August, in protest against Numsa's and Vavi's expulsions.

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