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Cosatu encourages its tripartite alliance members to speak out

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) says its tripartite alliance members who speak out against what it calls alleged State capture by the Guptas, should do so because of principles and not because they advocate for regime change in the African National Congress (ANC).

Cosatu was responding to the public revelations by senior ANC members, some cabinet and deputy ministers about the alleged interference of the Gupta family in the State and President Jacob Zuma’s government.

Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the right channels should be used to voice these concerns.

“Of course we are not saying there is anything wrong in actually coming out with your own conscience, but of course we have to ask those uncomfortable questions, what is behind the sudden urge of courage. And yet we don’t want to create martyrs and we don’t want to create heroes.”

Pamla added, “All we want are principled people to ensure that as and when they see something, make a stand, they must use whatever available platforms to raise these issues and we think that they could have raised these with the ANC and the ANC would have seen what it could do about it.”

– By Mercedes Besent

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