By Sakhela Buhlungu, Malehoko Tshoaedi
Deftly offering an image of a multifaceted and ever-evolving organization whose participants are steeped within the traditions of inner democracy, management responsibility, and mandated decision-making, this quantity considers the complexities of the Congress of South African alternate Unions (COSATU). Answering questions comparable to What do COSATU staff take into consideration their places of work, unions, politics, and economic system? Why has COSATU female individuals' help for the African nationwide Council declined? and What affects COSATU participants’ judgements to vote for a selected political party?, this account specializes in particular matters that problem the federation because it strikes forward.
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Large numbers of South African voters demonstrated commitment to participating in the new political process and the national elections were a resounding success. The elections represented the hope that post-apartheid South Africa would bring an end to the injustices 35 C O S AT U ’ S C O N T E S T E D L E G A C Y experienced under the apartheid regime. The elections further represented the possibility of a democratic future that would protect and promote human rights and equality for all its citizens.
Unionists are leaving the unions in numbers that are large enough to have a destabilising effect on the federation and its affiliates. While the current 15 C O S AT U ’ S C O N T E S T E D L E G A C Y leadership deny that this is the case, there is no doubt that experience embodying years of training, practice and organisational memory gets lost every time a unionist in a significant leadership role or position departs. Furthermore, there is a tendency for those who leave the unions to distance themselves from the labour movement and its campaigns.
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COSATU'S Contested Legacy: South African Trade Unions in the Second Decade of Democracy by Sakhela Buhlungu, Malehoko Tshoaedi