‘Cosatu must stop financially supporting Corruption Watch’

Popcru argues that the group was already established when Cosatu decided to endorse it.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu) national congress is underway in Midrand. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) must stop financially supporting Corruption Watch, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Tuesday.

The union believes the entity is being used to delegitimise the state.

Popcru's proposal was heard during the political debate at Cosatu's congress being held in Midrand.

It argues Corruption Watch was already established when Cosatu decided to endorse it.

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Popcru general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi says around a million rand is given to Corruption Watch every year.

He says Cosatu should not support the rights group because of its intentions.

"Corruption Watch is a global name. When they want to bring down governments they sue these forms of organisations all over the world."

While Popcru has called for Cosatu to withdraw its endorsement, Satawu has warned that the decision should not be taken without considering the perception it would create.

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At the same time, Cosatu's national congress has heard that South Africa's economic future lies on the African continent and workers should continue to build better relationships with their counterparts in the SADC region and beyond.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has presented an outlook of the economy to delegates attending the congress to map out the future of their industries.

Patel says for the first time in around 20 years, the textile industry is also showing some growth with South Africa selling most of its plastic and clothing to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Patel says while international trade agreements and relations must be preserved, African economic growth need to be nurtured.

"We've got to build the African continent as an economic community for jobs, solidarity, and where we can ensure growth of ourselves and our neighbours."