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SADTU wishes COSATU a successful 12th National Congress

22 November 2015

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wishes the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) a successful national congress that begins from Monday, 23 - 26 November 2015 at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand under the theme, "Building Unity and Cohesion of COSATU to advance the National Democratic Revolution".

The build-up to the Congress has been met by negativity from the prophets of doom predicting its demise. However, the Special Congress held in July proved them wrong as the Federation emerged stronger and more resolute in its mandate to fight for workers. These prophets of doom, led by the disgraced former General Secretary Vavi, will not confuse the workers. The workers understand that COSATU is bigger than any individual and will not be diverted by their empty rhetoric or lies being peddled in the media.

The workers know that Vavi is a fugitive from disciplinary processes for having disrespected their office by having sex for two minutes with the subordinate during working hours in the office. The workers know very well that he trampled on the founding principles of COSATU by allowing NUMSA to expand its scope with the intention of cannibalizing other affiliates.

The 12th Congress is an historic one as it will be taking place a few days before the Federation celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Congress will, among others, reflect on the journey travelled thus far.

It is also taking place at a time when the country is faced with a challenge of increasing rates of unemployment and poverty in the face of illicit financial flows from Africa as well as South Africa.

A study by Global Financial Integrity (GF) entitled 'Illicit Financial Flows from Africa: Hidden Resource for Development' has concluded that the illicit financial flows are growing at an average rate of 11.9 percent per year. South Africa is among the top five countries in the continent with the highest illicit outflows measured at $24,9billion.

The Congress will have to come up plan of action on how we can assist towards the curbing outflows because it they are curtailed, they can produce the largest source of new funds for poverty alleviation and economic growth in the near future which we sorely need.

SADTU looks back at the journey travelled with pride because some of the highlights include the formation of SADTU in 1990. COSATU was, after the Harare Conference that brought together racially divided teacher organisations from South Africa, given the task of convening the National Teacher Unity Forum (NTUF) and initiated the process of building one non-racial teacher union which led to the formation of SADTU.

We owe our being to the wonderful work COSATU did which led our formation. SADTU goes to the congress not to attend an event but to receive instruction from the command centre to stand together with all workers and to contribute towards unity and the National Democratic Revolution

We are confident that from the Congress, a more united, focussed and resilient COSATU will emerge.


General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi: 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi: 082 719 5157