SA’s COSATU Says Any Assistance Offered To Zimbabwe Should Be Conditional, Supports Zim Workers’ Right To Protest

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.

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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.



The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is the country's biggest worker representative with most of its members in different sectors of industry in Zimbabwe. It has special interests in labour activism and this has resulted in it being linked to opposition political parties particularly the... Read More About ZCTU

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2 comments on “SA’s COSATU Says Any Assistance Offered To Zimbabwe Should Be Conditional, Supports Zim Workers’ Right To Protest

  1. well we understand your concerns Hola Cosatu – however the Tax paying public of Zimbabwe also refuses public nuisance being forwarded by Rogue opposition elements bent on leveraging themselves into power via looting and distraction of property. Any Country has the right to defend its property and its citizenry , the violent assault by MDC elements venting their anger over lost Elections is unwarranted. letting these actions go unpunished is a weakness , and in Zim we are not week to this extent.
    SADC wide we pride ourselves with military discipline ! thats why all you Southern African nations send your Armies for Updates here in Zimbabwe. why do want us to give in to untrained & undisciplined youth ? its a shame !
    let us deal with these youth – do not try to cover up for their wrongdoings – if you want we can send them to South Africa and let you handle these vagabonds. but only after we whip em hard , so hard that they will wish they had never been born here in Zimbabwe. we understand that crime is normal in SA , guns and killings are the norm of the day – your governments could not handle this we understand – but here we can . and this is how we deal with culprits. sorry but we will not back down.

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SA’s COSATU Says Any Assistance Offered To Zimbabwe Should Be Conditional, Supports Zim Workers’ Right To Protest