COSATU CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY
By: Anele Nduzulwana and Mbuso Kunene
President Jacob Zuma was keynote speaker at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) 30th Anniversary celebration at Curries Fountain on Friday.
Addressing the Union members, Zuma said that this workers day, which is also COSATU’s birthday, happens when South Africa celebrates 60 years of freedom charter.
“It is a day to remember the struggle of the workers and a day they take new decisions of continuing with the struggle”, he said.
The celebration march started at the Durban ICC in Pine Street, led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, COSATU president S’dumo Dlamini, SACP Secretary Blade Nzimande and Mayor James Nxumalo.
Zuma said, “This is joyful because it goes to the words of leaders when they are sentenced to during the struggle”.
He further quoted the words by an unspecified author who said, “Our voice will one day be heard by the nation because workers have strength.”
He said that they (workers) spoke as prophets because the country celebrates 30th years since the formation of revolutionary COSATU, which helps workers act against their oppression.
COSATU President S’dumo Dlamini thanked the COSATU members for staying even in tough times saying the movement is still alive.
“I want to promise that we will keep this federation together until we hand it over to next leaders, this celebration is for workers who wake up every day with one thing in mind which is to feed their families”