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Address by COSATU 2nd Deputy President, Cde Zingiswa Losi at the occasion of the ANC Freedom Charter 60th Anniversary at Kliptown, Soweto on the 26th June 2015

26 June 2015

The National Executive Committee [NEC] of the African National Congress [ANC] led by President Jacob Gedlekeyihlekisa Mhlanganyelwa Zuma

Central Committee of the South African Communist Party [SACP] led by the General Secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande
The National Executive Committee [NEC] of the South African National Civic Organizations [SANCO] led by President Mdakana
The Congress of South African Trade Unions [COSATU Central Executive Committee [CEC] Members
The Veterans of our Movement
The Isithwalandwe Baba Kathrada
Mama Madikizela Mandela, imbokodo
Members of the Alliance
The Cuban Five and Cuban Comrades

The Media
On this day, 60 years ago, the Freedom Charter was adopted by the real Congress of the People at Kliptown.
The Freedom Charter influenced workers across all sectors of the apartheid economy which thrived at exploiting workers, segregating workers according to their race, place of origin and gender.

Denying workers access to many public places with the commonly known placards; Slegs Blankes-Only for Whites; Natives not allowed and many others were the order of the day!
The Congress of the South African Trade Unions [COSATU] joins the millions of South Africans today, the 26th June 2015 at Kliptown, Soweto to pay its respect to all our grandfathers and grandmothers, who appreciated the call “Organize or Starve”; Joined in their thousands Trade Unions, thou un-recognised to fight for liberation, democracy and social justice at all workplaces.

COSATU joins all millions of workers at garages, schools, farms, universities, factories, in mines and other sites of a struggle to appreciate the work done by our forerunner, the South African Congress of Trade Unions and all its leadership at large to have associated through and through with the African National Congress [ANC], the South African Communist Party [SACP], the progressive community organizations such as the United Democratic Front [UDF] and later the South African National Civic Organizations [SANCO] and countless others.
The 1994 democratic dispensation was not a political manna from somewhere; it was a necessary path to be taken at that time.
Many workers recall the Azikwelwa Alexandra bus boycotts of 1957; the Bophuthatswana miners’ strike; the Durban strikes of 173; Daveyton riots of 1991;the 1996 Soweto uprisings; the Cato Manor riots of 1960; SACTU Pound-A-Day campaigns of 1962; Stayaways of 1960; the bombing of COSATU House in 1987 and countless others.

Workers will never forget the brutality of the apartheid regime!
Workers understood one message; SACTU is the spear, ANC the shield…”
“No worker is a good member of Congress unless he is also a Trade Unionist. No Trade Unionist is a good Trade Unionist unless he is also a member of Congress....”.
Today, as COSATU in the week of the convening of the Alliance Summit, we call for the integrity of unity of workers under COSATU.
ANC Leads! ANC Lives!