Cosatu and its affiliates are calling for government to deal with corruption.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and other affiliates have refused to hand over a memorandum of their grievances to Limpopo Treasury MEC Seaparo Sekoati at the office of the Premier in Polokwane today. Sekoati was there to receive the memorandum on behalf of Premier Stan Mathabatha.
The union instead handed over the memorandum to the Labour Department.
Sekoati was meant to receive the memorandum outlining grievances raised by Cosatu and others. The unions, however, decided on the spot not to hand it over to him.
Sekoati says the provincial government will be unable to respond as it has not been given the memorandum.
“At the moment, we have not received any issues from Cosatu. If there are any matters that Cosatu would like to raise with government, they came here to bring us a memorandum as government, we were going to be in a better position to respond to the issues. Standing here right now, I don’t know the issues that are contained in the memorandum, but right now, we do not have any issues that we can respond to.”
Cosatu and its affiliates joined forces to take part in a one-day nationwide protest against corruption and ongoing wage disputes. Other issues the unions highlighted in the march include gender-based violence and poverty.
Cosatu Secretary-General Bheki Ntshalintshali, who joined the protest in Polokwane, says the march is a direct consequence of a failed economy.
“This economy is collapsing, so we need to take action. We know it is a very painful action to take. Workers are losing their money but we think it is an action necessary so that everybody can start to talk about it when they talk about the economy today. They must not just stop there and say it is bad, the economy, but why workers are doing this and we think they will understand.”