The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says the decision to embark on a countrywide strike against state capture this week was a unanimous one.
The trade union federation and alliance partner the SA Communist Party (SACP) have called on members to join the nationwide shutdown and march against state capture and corruption.
Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the federation is united in its call for nationwide strike action on Wednesday, 27 September.
There is no division in Cosatu about this action. We have been preparing for this for quite some time.— Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu general secretary
The stealing and the looting must come to an end.— Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu general secretary
Ntshalintshali advises that the decision to organise a demonstration was taken by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) in May.
He says Cosatu has taken its time to ensure the protection of all members and has reached out to other organisations as well as the business sector.
The federation says the strike will be targeting some in the private sector who are believed to be involved in state capture.
This is not directed to the ANC per se, but to all people who are involved the looting of the state and those involved in corruption.— Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu general secretary
Of course business will never support a strike action... They are not innocent either, by the way.— Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu general secretary
Ntshalintshali commended South African whistleblowers who have taken risks in order to expose corruption and "stop the rot".
Cosatu says it expects about 100 000 people countrywide to take part in Wednesday’s march.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa) has urged its members not to participate in Cosatu's demonstrations.
Ntshalintshali spoke about criticism from affiliate Numsa and the trade union's stance on state capture, the Gupta's and their associates, as well as controversy involving the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).
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