Cosatu admits criticising government

2011-04-18 19:52

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) admits that it has been critical of the ANC-led government.

In a letter on Monday to workers and poor communities explaining why Cosatu was asking them to vote for the African National Congress (ANC), the union federation said "many" would have heard its leaders "raising concerns with the government and the ANC.

"Yes, it is Cosatu that has been critical and urging government to do more about the crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

"Yes it is Cosatu that has marched against corruption, exposed corrupt individuals and demanded that government must take stronger action against those stealing resources."

Cosatu added that, together with working-class communities, it had to continue to put government under pressure to do more.

However, the union federation "had not forgotten" that apartheid took 40 years and colonialism took more than 300 years to remove.

"It will require a massive national effort, involving all of us, to reverse that legacy of colonialism, exploitation, and oppression."

Cosatu was aware that "some among us" were extremely disappointed by the failures of this and that department and even individual leaders of the government.

"We know all these problems, including the unfair deductions of workers' salaries in the Eastern Cape.

"We are aware of many other challenges, including in some cases the shenanigans that have sidelined good men and women in favour of powerful factions that have appointed themselves as gatekeepers, including in some instances in the selection of local government councillors.

"However we must continue to fight the battle for accountability and democracy, in our organisations and in the state."

Cosatu said that boycotting elections and "worse of all voting for a party whose policies seek to reinforce the power and control of a wealthy and racist minority in society would be a huge mistake.

It would be a "nightmare" to allow the Democratic Alliance (DA) government to increase its power, "not because its leader is white or a woman", but because of its pro-big business and pro-rich and anti-poor and anti-worker policies.

"The struggles to build a new and better SA cannot be led by those who benefited from inequalities, poverty and our oppression, and continue to pursue policies to entrench these injustices," Cosatu added.

While the ANC had made mistakes and some individuals had betrayed its historic mission, "we have a far greater chance of correcting ANC mistakes than we have of correcting the DA's anti-workers and pro-big business policies."

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 19:58

    It would be a nightmare to go on your own, ass$@le!

      gizzy - 2011-04-18 20:58

      Sexy, gorgeous???? You're really scratching the bottom of the barrel there. A bunch of fat ugly sods! I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole!

  • gizzy - 2011-04-18 20:07

    Ha!ha! Exposing corruption? Taking action against comrades? What are those dudes smoking? I want some of it!

  • - 2011-04-18 20:41

    Ya right Cosatu... wat u actually saying is: eventhough the ANC is useless, just there to steal and look after themselves, to ensure the rich get richer and to hell with those that have no connections within the ANC, even if they don't really care about u... u must vote for them...fools

  • scud - 2011-04-18 20:59

    Tshepo Friday doesnt know what day it is--yea man viva viva our destruction at the hands of the revolutionary saviours from the last century--viva brothers-viva ANC viva dishonesty viva---Solomon Monday

  • thinker - 2011-04-18 21:08

    Dear Cosatu, please do not ask us (the public) to support your march against the ANC Govt. You vote for them so live with them. Have you heard this one "my husban abuse me, but I still love him" HaHaHa he's such a good man.

  • euro-african - 2011-04-18 21:24

    "not because its leader is white or a woman" - ie. anc is not racist. But then again - "reinforce the power and control of a wealthy and racist minority in society would be a huge mistake" - maybe they are. I guess it is far better to reinforce the power and control of a wealthy and racist black minority elite. Please people, you do not have to vote DA, but please (with tears in my eyes) dont vote anc. Vote for anyone but the anc. Vote against corruption and nepotism. The power in our own hands.

  • Zupta - 2011-04-19 01:13

    What a load of c rap. If u believe this u must be brain dead. Remember action speaks louder than words. The ANC and it's alliance have been caught with their pants down and both hands in the cookie jar. No way am I going to vote ANC. I think I have matured and will never again vote on colour. But will definitely vote on merit.

  • mhaga.sabe - 2011-04-19 12:40

    This is the best news Cosatu, keep it up! much to the distaste and disappointment of those who haved always wanted to see a week Alliance and those who influenced Cope to break away this message is keeping the foundations of our liberation struggle even much stronger!! The disgrantled and divisive whites who hate this change must live forever to Australia, New Zealand where they want to see white domination!Some left and burnt their fingers out there and they came back sheepishly Otherwise if they stay they must rot in their own prison of frustration about an ANC led government!!!

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