COSATU delays protest demos

JOHANNESBURG - The nationwide marches planned by the Congress of South AfricanTrade Unions (COSATU) to demonstrate against the worsening political situation in Zimbabwe have been postponed by a week.

The marches, which are in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe were scheduled for May 10 but have now been moved to May 17.

COSATU spokesperson Patrick Craven confirmed the development but could not shed light on the reasons for it.

COSATU last week said it would embark on weekly protest marches against Robert Mugabe and ZANU (PF) whom it accused of hanging on to power despite defeat in the March 29 elections.

Secretary general of the organization, Zwelinzima Vavi, said the Zimbabwean crisis was an issue South African civil society could not ignore as it left the country on the verge of civil strife.

“COSATU is proposing that in the next three to four weeks, particularly on Saturdays, we organise huge marches with civil society, church organisations and all those that disagree with the prevailing political situation in Zimbabwe,” Vavi said. – CAJ News

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