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Naidoo accuses SA leaders of fiddling while the country burns

The founding General Secretary of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (Cosatu) Jay Naidoo has lambasted South Africa's leaders, accusing them of fiddling while the country burns.

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Samkelo Maseko

Naidoo was speaking at the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions' (SAFTU) at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. 


"One-in-three of our people live on a social grant. Our predatory elites do on the top, they fiddle the books so that cronies in the corporate sectors and the elite in power can make money from the poverty of our people.


"This is a grant that keeps millions of our people one step from starvation," said Naidoo. 


Naidoo also criticized government's nuclear procurement plans, saying it flies in the face of the fight for free quality, decolonized education. 


"The government is prepared to throw a trillion rand for into a nuclear deal we do not need and sacrifice the education of our children," said Naidoo. 


He believes the nuclear deal has little to do with the country's energy sector.


"The nuclear deal will not create any jobs because all the jobs are high skilled and will come from overseas," said Naidoo.


The launch is currently underway where SAFTU's convener Zwelinzima Vavi also expected to address the launch.


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