“Cosatu continues to be the voice of the poor”

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has gathered in the Eastern Cape to elect new provincial office bearers. This comes as the federation faces increasing pressure from a rival federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions.

Cosatu’s Secretary-General Bheki Ntshalintshali says Cosatu continues to play a leading role as the voice of the poor on key issues of the country.

“ If you look to the contribution that we have  when  we raising our voice on corruption and state capture and the removal of  President  Zuma, if you look to our call to the then deputy  president of the ANC to be elected to be a  president of the country and  you look to the  outcome of the resolution of the ANC in Nasrec,  you can’t ignore, you can accept that we make a  contribution. If you  look to the  question of the  how we  are  dealing  with  the national  minimum  wage including the amendment  in labour  law, the workers  still got confidence in Cosatu.”

Cosatu’s Eastern Cape Secretary, Xolani Malamlela, says the new leadership should direct its energy towards fighting social ills and strengthening relations between the alliance partners.

“ We think we have to take  this unity of Cosatu to our alliance components because it is clear in other alliance components  the  ANC provincial  conference affected  them negatively. It is  our responsibility as Cosatu in the  province to make sure that the alliance is  united. Secondly we have to look after we have analysed the socio economic report, what are the challenges, why our province is leading in unemployment.”

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