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Media Centre | COSATU Press Statements
BOYCOTT OF RATES IN SANDTON
Issued by: Congress of South African Trade Unions
3 September 1996
The Federation condemns in the strongest terms the action taken by those who live in Sandton to embark on rates boycott. It is particularly those who for many years have been calling on our people to pay for the delivery of the inferior services which they were receiving.
COSATU strongly condemns companies like Liberty Life Properties for promoting the rate boycott for the following reasons:
1. Business in general has always said that boycott tactics should not be utilised, people should rather engage in a dialogue in order to solve the problems they encounter.
2. Last week on Friday in Nedlac at the Management Committee, Business said that the Masakhane Campaign was not focusing on the payment of services and that the payment of services was paramount.
COSATU says that even if there has been an error on the side of local authorities, there is no reason to embark on the rate boycott, particularly those who do not encounter any difficulties in the rendering of basic services. We who do not encounter any difficulties in the rendering of basic services. We have a Masakhane campaign which firstly restores, repairs and provides services. Secondly, it ensures that everybody pays for services rendered.
In conclusion COSATU believes that those who refuse to pay for their services are not doing so to fight the increase in rates but, it is part of a campaign to undermine the ANC led government.