Saturday, July 11, 2009

COSATU to join push for people driven constitution in Zim

South Africa’s biggest worker federation has vowed to join hands with the Zimbabwean civil society in pushing for a people driven constitution. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), a key member of the African National Congress (ANC) –the tripartite formation ruling South Africa said as part of its International Solidarity Conference Declaration that it would work with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and other civic bodies in pushing government.

“We remain ready to work with and assist our counterparts in putting more pressure on the ruling regime to accede to people’s demands,” said Bongani Masuku, COSATU’s International relations secretary.

COSATU said that this would ultimately lead to democratic elections that would usher in a legitimate government that would replace the current government of national unity.

“We also support the civil society initiatives led by COSATU, OSISA and the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum for a Conference in Botswana to assess the situation under the GNU in Zimbabwe, conditions under Terrorism Law in Swaziland, the transformation of SADC and the task of building a regional solidarity movement, through the effective harnessing of all the solidarity efforts towards maximum cohesion,” Masuku added.
The union bemoaned the continued harassment and persecution of political and civil society activists in Zimbabwe “even under a cloud of a supposedly new and changed environment”.