In a statement, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is deeply concerned by the abduction of the leader of its sister federation Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Peter Gift Mutasa and others.
COSATU says Mutasa was either taken by the police or the military since his whereabouts are unknown. COSATU said the excessive and unnecessary force used against civilians by the military and the police in Zimbabwe on Wednesday compelled many activists to go underground, fearing for their lives. Contrary to State media reports, COSATU said the protests have nothing to do with party politics but everything to do with the country’s economic woes. The labour union said the state is provoking violence out of peaceful protesters. Part of COSATU’s statement reads:
COSATU is calling on the global labour movement to join us in the demand for the security forces to bring back ZCTU President Peter Mutasa and all abducted activists. We need to support the people of Zimbabwe and force the Mnangagwa regime to properly respond to the people’s demands. We demand they too respect international laws as well as the laws and the constitution of Zimbabwe.
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