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Zuma Has Been A Liability For 10 Years- COSATU

Supporters of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) take part in a march in the streets of Johannesburg March 7, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Africans staged a one-day national strike on Wednesday, hitting mining production, as the biggest labour group in the continent's largest economy flexed its muscles to remind the ruling ANC of its political clout. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CIVIL UNREST) SOCIETY )

wilst in preparation for the great protest march against state capture and corruption in South Africa, the Congress of South Africa Trade Union (COSATU) have raised concerns over Zuma’s role in the backward state of the country. Jacob Zuma who, ten years back received a strong support from both from the ANC allies SACP and COSATU, is now being criticized by the organisations as they blame him for the moral ills of the country.

Not only have these organisations expressed dismay at Zuma’s heavy-handed corruption, they are also disheartened by his constant refusal to have decisive talks with them

Speaking ahead of its protest march scheduled for Wednesday, the trade union federation Cosatu reiterated its demand for President Jacob Zuma steps down.  because he is the “most polarising figure South Africa has had in the last 10 years” The Union further explained that Zuma’s removal would benefit the country because he is the “most polarising figure South Africa has had in the last 10 years” “He is the liability… Jacob Zuma is the president South Africa does not need. He is a liability. He is the most polarising figure in the last 10 years,”

Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said, adding that the Union’s mass protest not just about getting rid of Zuma, but restoring the country’s economy and its dreadful unemployment rate. “This is not just a Cosatu strike, it’s not just the members who will be paying the price of state capture, but the whole country, we are all in this together,” he said.

As the SOuth Africa Communist Party SACP joins in the march against Zuma, the union noted that its march is also focused on bringing the country’s city centres to its knees on September 27. The aim of the strike was to demand an investigation into state capture and those involved in it, including “Number 1” [Zuma]. Cosatu said all nine provinces would be involved, Pamla.

“We represent the 11 million [Cosatu members] who cannot keep up with the economic climate. Treasury has allowed this mess to happen, the amount of money that is being taken out of the country is a problem”.

 

There are speculations that over 250,000 SACP members will join in the strike and mass protest while about 1.2 million Cosatu members will take stand during the event. Cosatu said it chose to embark on a strike because the government was moving at a slow pace in acting against corruption and protecting the working class. The trade union also revealed that it will equally voice their support for Cyril during the planned protests.

Zuma has been accused of involvement in state capture and leaked emails between the Gupta family and its employees revealed how the family managed to obtain business from senior government officials. Most of the ministers have also been accused of being instruments for the Gupta’s corrupt vibes.

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