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COSATU Endorses ANC’S Election Manifesto, Welcomes Commitment To Fight Corruption and Fix SOEs

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COSATU president Zingiswa Losi says the trade union federation would wage a relentless campaign for the ANC to emerge victorious in the upcoming local government polls.   

“The mandate the membership of Cosatu and workers have given to the federation is to wage a relentless campaign in every ward, every town, every village and every city to ensure the ANC is returned to office on November 1,” she said in a statement to expressing support for ANC local government election manifesto, launched in Tshwane on Monday by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

Losi said the federation welcomed efforts undertaken by the party in a bid to clean the rot of state capture, saying this was a positive sign it was turning the tide.

“It is not a secret that the ANC, like the government, the State-Owned Enterprises, and municipalities has been painfully hurt during the decade of state capture.  Much remains to be done to cleanse the ANC, government, and South Africa of corruption,” said Losi.

“COSATU welcomes the efforts undertaken by the President and the ANC to begin cleaning up the rot of state capture.  The suspension of senior political leaders in the ANC and government charged with corruption, the appointing of Commissions of Enquiry, the charging of officials by the Hawks, the recovery of stolen funds in Eskom are positive signs that we are turning the tide.”

Ramaphosa launched his party’s manifesto from a public square in the capital Pretoria on Monday, pledging a reformed party while admitting that “we have made mistakes” in the past 26 years.

The union federation said the ANC remains an ally of workers, adding that despite negative media headlines, there were many positive achievements attained by the ANC. 

“It is the ANC working with COSATU that passed the National Minimum Wage Act improving the wages of over 6 million workers, in a particular farm, retail, security, and construction. At the beginning of 2022, domestic workers will equalise the National Minimum Wage,” said Cosatu.

“It is the ANC that passed our progressive labour laws protecting workers from victimisation and unfair dismissal, providing paid maternity and parental leave, requiring employers to provide a safe workplace, guaranteeing the right to unionise, and collective bargaining.”

“It is the ANC that tabled the National Health Insurance Bill to provide universal health care and the Expropriation Bill to speed up land reform.”

The federation also said it was the ANC-led government, working with COSATU and social partners at Nedlac, that ensured over R60 billion was released from the Unemployment Insurance Fund to over 5.5 million workers and over R50 billion paid in the Covid-19 SRD Grants to over 8 million unemployed recipients.

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