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Cosatu fooling us about position: iLive

Thabile Mange, by e-mail | 11 December, 2012 00:01
Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) march through the Johannesburg city centre in protest against government plans to institute the tolling of roads in the city, November 30, 2012. Opposition against plans to impose e-tolls has been widespread across the political spectrum.
Image by: STRINGER / REUTERS

I'M CONFUSED by the role played by Cosatu.

One moment it urges its members to vote for the ANC, the next it is leading a march against the very government it has campaigned for to be in power. Come election time, its leaders are rewarded with cabinet positions. Who is fooling whom?

I have a gut feeling that the role played by Cosatu is strategic and deliberate: it acts as if it is independent of the governing party when it is not. It is there to fight for the interests and rights of the working class, but it is actually confusing and numbing citizens so they believe it has their best interests at heart.

The federation cannot be a player and a referee at the same time. It cannot be trusted with the responsibility of fighting for the working class unless it divorces itself from the governing party. Period.

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