South Africa’s powerful trade union, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has demanded that any assistance that the South African government gives to Zimbabwe must be conditional. In a statement released on Thursday, the Federation said:
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has noted the comments by the South African government on giving assistance to our neighbouring country Zimbabwe.
The federation is not opposed to any attempts to help our neighbouring country and its citizens in their hour of need, but we demand that any assistance be conditional.
South African … taxpayers and workers will not agree to any propping up of any dictatorship in Zimbabwe…
The protests in Zimbabwe are legitimate and legal and this ongoing repression is unwarranted. Workers have every right to protests against any government that is corrupt and mismanages the economy.
The low salaries, fuel price hikes, deteriorating economic situation, living conditions ordinary Zimbabweans is caused by a reckless and clueless Zimbabwean.
We applaud our sister federation the ZCTU in its unwavering determination to represent the working class and poor under terrible conditions.
We also call on SADC to stop treating the issue of Zimbabwe lightly, there needs to be a stronger and more sustainable response to normalise the situation in that country.