Cosatu warned ANC e-tolls would cost it electorate’s support

Cosatu says the governing party has no one else but itself to blame for its poor performance at the polls.

FILE: Cosatu on a drive slow in the Pretoria city centre. Photo: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it warned the African National Congress (ANC) that issues such as e-tolls would affect the party's support at the polls.

The federation's leadership has reported back following its central executive committee (CEC) meeting in Johannesburg at the weekend

Among issues discussed at the CEC were the ANC and the election results, agreement on the call for no fee increases next year and coalitions.

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the governing party has no one else but itself to blame for its poor performance at the polls.

He says his organisation warned that some workers would punish the party over concerns, specifically the issue of e-tolls.

Cosatu's leadership, however, says it's concerned about workers in the metros where the Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken over because it believes the DA has anti-union and anti-workers' rights policies.


At the same time, Cosatu says no one is above the law, but it has warned the Hawks to handle the matter surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan responsibly.

It says while Minister Gordhan is exercising his right not to present himself to the authorities, he must also be willing to face any possible consequences.

Ntshalintshali says the matter has been dealt with has been in poor taste.

"Our warning to the Hawks is that they should not behave like the Scorpions and end up being discredited or being perceived to be entering internal or political battles."

He says the matter has knocked the markets.

"Any accusation of a finance minister has an impact on these issues."

Ntshalintshali says the Hawks must ensure that they do their job honestly.

It emerged this afternoon that former South African Revenue Service commissioner Oupa Magashula was also summoned by the Hawks, along with two other former officials Johann van Loggerenberg and Ivan Pillay.

Minister Gordhan announced yesterday that he would not comply with the demands by the Hawks.

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