Cosatu slams government corruption

2010-12-04 16:30

Johannesburg - Leaders of Cosatu, an ally of the African National Congress, lashed out on Saturday against government corruption as a major threat to good governance.

"Cosatu's two past congresses have said that we will not give the ANC a blank cheque and will refuse to campaign or support candidates known to be corrupt or lazy," said Sidumo Dlamini, president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Dlamini was addressing thousands of workers gathered at a Johannesburg stadium to mark the federation's 25th anniversary.

While applauding government moves to set up a special anti-corruption unit to probe senior officials involved in corruption or shady business deals with the state, Dlamini warned they would be futile if those found guilty were not prosecuted.

"All these promises will turn out to be hollow if those involved in the biggest of all the corruption scandals - the arms deal - are not investigated," he said.

Questions over an arms procurement deal have clouded the political landscape for more than a decade in South Africa.

Union criticism of the ANC has been a source of tension within the alliance, with suggestions that Cosatu might withdraw from the partnership.

Workers from all over the country, clad in red t-shirts, Cosatu's trademark colour, sang and chanted slogans, some waving flags of the ruling party.

Dlamini also complained at the inequalities still suffered by black people in society and the workplace, 16 years after the end of apartheid.

About 48% of South Africans live on less than R322 a month, while 25% survive on grants, he said.

"An average black man earns R2 400 a month, whilst an average white man earns R19 000."

  • Sinudeity - 2010-12-04 16:45

    Snap! Cosatu is going to be having its own armsdeal probe.

  • Priester - 2010-12-04 17:07

    Let us vote this corrupt government out of power! Let us unite against their corruption and vote for a better South Africa for ALL South Africans. We cannot mould our great country into a cradle for our children while this plundering of resources is only lining the pockets of this corrupt government. Out with corruption bring back good governance and a future for ALL our children.

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-12-04 17:20

    Please can an investigative journalist or other person who has the time and resources, compile a register of all the money from the fiscus that has been stolen and squandered since 1994, and name and shame the perpetrators? It should include theft at National, Provincial and Municipal level by public employees and their friends in the private sector (e.g. tenderpreneurs, arms deals, procurement officials etc.). Since the perps appear to be above the law the only way forward is to keep the spotlight on them until the helpless poor realise what has happened to THEIR money and take the action they deem appropriate to recover the money and redistribute it to those who deserve it most. The names and amounts should also be displayed prominently at polling stations during elections. The ANC who attained power from a human rights platform, are a deep disgrace to themselves and to their country for allowing this situation to develop in the first place.

      allie - 2010-12-04 17:52

      Very good plan.Maybe we should start a fund and employ such a person to do this thing.

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