Minister Zwane Must Step Aside or Be Dismissed – COSATU


The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ Central Executive Committee submitted a vote of no confidence on the minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane saying he’s unfit to head the sector.

COSATU’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) condemned the failure of the government to provide the necessary leadership that would stop the continuing killings in the mining sector.

The committee wailed that many members of the NUM have been victims of violence across the sector.

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“We are happy that some AMCU (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) members have been sentenced to life in prison for their crimes against NUM members but are also disappointed that some of the charges against the alleged perpetrators were dropped.

“The federation is calling for calm in the mining sector and remain committed to peace amongst workers and strongly support the principle of Freedom of Association, especially for the working class,” stated the executive committee.

With that, the committee proclaimed that Minister Zwane is a weak and a polarising figure unsuitable to be the Minister of Mineral Resources.

According to them, Minister Zwane has failed to deal with the worrying issue like retrenchments, illegal mining and the ongoing violence.

“His collusion with other unions to isolate and attack the NUM was the last straw for the CEC. We are calling for him to step aside or to be dismissed,” they charged.

Also, the committee resolved that COSATU will keep fighting corruption at all levels of the society. They asserted that they will fearlessly fight both public sector and private sector corruption in equal measure.

In line with that, the executive committee declared its support for a Judicial Enquiry to look into the alleged corruptive relationship between President Jacob Zuma, other cabinet ministers and the Gupta family.

They insisted that those found guilty should be held accountable for their actions saying:

“(COSATU)…wants to see the investigation into the State Capture extended beyond the limited scope that was given to the Public Protector…our macroeconomic policies are dictated by finance monopoly capital, with the sovereign rating agencies providing an on-going oversight role.

“This represents the capture of our institutions by private interests. We need an investigation on the extent that government institutions have been captured…”

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The Central Executive Committee vowed to work, lobby and influence the ANC structures to support Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa as the next leaders of the ANC.