Cosatu members barred from attending anti-corruption march

Cosatu says the march is a platform from which Zwelinzima Vavi & Numsa will launch a new federation.

FILE: The march is being supported by more than 200 civil society. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has barred all of its affiliates from taking part in this month's Unite Against Corruption march because the action is being organised by its expelled the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and dismissed general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Cosatu says it does not believe the march is against corruption but instead a platform from which Vavi and Numsa will launch a new trade union federation.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said, "It is not a march against corruption. It is simply people who are trying to form a federation which will oppose Cosatu. That is why Cosatu unions cannot be party to that agenda."

The march is being supported by more than 200 civil society groups as well as Federation of Unions of South Africa and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu).

Nactu President Joseph Maqhekeni says corruption is rife within unions and it is important for them to take part.

"Indeed it is a cancer that is eating our country bit by bit. Whether this corruption is in the private sector, public sector as well as even nowadays in the unions. We need to stop it otherwise the country will go down."