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Vavi urges Numsa members to speak out against capitalism

Vavi says the money squandered by corrupt officials is robbing the country of an opportunity to create jobs.

FILE: Axed Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi has called on members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) of South Africa to speak out against capitalist values in government which he believes are at the core of corruption in the country.

The union held a meeting with members of its Johannesburg region to discuss issues including job losses, working conditions and its planned anti-corruption marches this month.

Vavi says the money squandered by corrupt officials is robbing the country of an opportunity to create jobs.

He says Numsa in particular should fight corruption as it takes away resources intended to provide services for working class South Africans.

"We recognise the importance of education."

On 30 September representatives from more than 100 organisations will march to Parliament and the Union Buildings to demand a report on all organs of state that don't comply with legislation.

The metalworkers union - which will lead the marches - will demand that all state entities to procure local goods and services.

Numsa has described corruption as an assault on socio-economic rights.

COSATU MEMBERS BARRED FROM ATTENDING ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCH

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 Numsa and 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 Sidumo 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 said corruption is rife within unions and it is important for them to take part.