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#Cosatu strike to go ahead as planned


The strike is one of the mobilisation forces that will lead to the dismantling of the predatory elite, the union said

Trade union federation Cosatu mass action planed for the end of the end of the month will go ahead as planned. File image

Cosatu’s national strike against state capture will go ahead at the end of the end of the month and the union will urge President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry to deal with the matter.

Zuma has said since early this year he will appoint a commission of inquiry.

But parties and civil society groups have complained that Zuma was delaying to set up the commission, and the matter was very urgent.

On Monday Cosatu said it will go ahead with its strike this month and they want to see some serious action by the government.

Cosatu national spokesman Sizwe Pamla called on ministers implicated in state capture to be suspended. The trade union federation also wants government to cut ties with the Guptas. 

Pamla said they were going on strike to highlight the fight against state capture.

“What prompted this action were the revelations by the Public Protector that the current South African administration has been captured and that there is a network of the predatory elite that is engaged in the looting of state resources and corrupt activities,” said Pamla.

He said they need to fight state capture at all costs and the strike was one of the mobilisation forces that would lead to the dismantling of the predatory elite.

Cosatu’s call for the strike comes as the portfolio committee on public enterprises continues with its investigation into state capture.

Acting chairperson of the committee Zukiswa Rantho said their evidence leader will this week prepare to meet with the witnesses who will testify before the committee.

This is one of several committees tasked by Parliament to investigate state capture. The other committees are transport, mineral resources, home affairs and communications. The committees were appointed by house chairman Cedric Frolick in June. 

The public enterprises committee has said in addition to the probe into Eskom it will also investigate Denel and Transnet.

Several State-Owned Entities have been implicated in state capture allegations.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to answer more questions on Wednesday on SOEs in the National Council of Provinces during question time.

Ramaphosa’s appearance in the NCOP comes after his appearance in the National Assembly last week.