Sunday Times

Cosatu is hav­ing an iden­tity crisis

- Politics · Decision Making · Lifehacks · Congress of South African Trade Unions

Andile Khu­malo’s col­umn “Unions must adapt to the new world” (Septem­ber 23) refers. Cosatu does not seem to know what its role should be in so­ci­ety, what its pri­or­i­ties should be, what its proper lim­i­ta­tions are and who other than its con­stituent unions should be al­lowed to de­ter­mine its de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses.

For ex­am­ple, two po­lit­i­cal par­ties are deeply embed­ded in its life. One whose fun­da­men­tal ide­ol­ogy has no com­mit­ment to free, in­de­pen­dent trade unions; the other a deeply cor­rupt gov­ern­ing party whose poli­cies Cosatu wishes to dom­i­nate, with­out ac­cept­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fail­ures of that gov­ern­ment.

Would it be fair to ask whether Cosatu it­self was re­spon­si­ble for any as­pects of state cap­ture which the ANC has al­lowed to hap­pen?

Paul Goller, Ekurhu­leni

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