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COSATU to make its submissions on the Border Management Authority Bill in parliament tomorrow

12 September 2016

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will present its submissions on the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs’ public hearings at 9:30am, tomorrow ,Tuesday 13 September 2016, at Parliament’s V475 Committee Room, Old Assembly. COSATU supports the need for a single government department to manage South Africa’s porous borders but we have some strong reservations about the continued agencification of the state.

We shall sharply the following issues

  • COSATU and its affiliate unions demand that the BMA should remain within the public service; and
  • We also shall call for a total ban of outsourcing within the BMA.

COSATU will not agree to any attempt to locate the BMA, an armed security organ of the state, outside the public service. Such a move would be unprecedented within the history of South Africa. Any attempt to ram this bill through the throats of the workers in its current form ,will lead to mass mobilisation and industrial action by COSATU unions inside and outside the public service. COSATU is unwavering in its opposition to any attempt to weaken and fragment the state, through unaccountable government agencies.

Issued by COSATU

For further information, please contact: Matthew Parks COSATU Parliamentary Officer @ 082 785 0687- 021 461 3835 –mattthew@cosatu.org.za