Establish rapid response anti-corruption courts - Cosatu

Establish rapid response anti-corruption courts - Cosatu

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says more arrests need to take place in connection with government corruption.

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The trade union federation briefed the media on Thursday morning following its three-day Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting.


Cosatu general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the tender system need to be centralised, especially when government is acquiring large items.


The organisation also wants government to introduce an online open public procurement platform.


Ntshalintshali stressed that no one in the country should be above the law.


"We also want the establishment of rapid response anti-corruption courts, and most critically the banning of politically exposed persons and their spouses and children from doing business with the state," said Ntshalintshali.


Ntshalintshali said they consider the African National Congress' (ANC) statements on radical economic transformation to be rhetoric, as the country is being handed over to western institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.


"Workers demand and deserve answers about this direction of the ANC government that is starting to wage an offensive against workers through retrenchments and wage freezes.


"This cannot be tolerated because the aspirations of the workers and the working class have to be reflected in an ANC government.”

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