SAFIS pledges solidarity

A consortium of South African organizations, including the influential tripartite alliance member, the Congress of South African Trade Union, have pledged their solidarity with people suffering in dictatorships like Zimbabwe.

The organisations came together this week to form the South Africa Forum for International Solidarity. They include Amnesty International, African Diaspora Forum, CIVICUS, Global Call to Action Against Poverty and Human Rights Watch.

Cosatu international relations secretary, Bongani Masuku, explained the move.

“SAFIS is driven through collective efforts and convictions encapsulated in the draft declaration, which begins with the words: ‘Recognising that growing numbers of oppressed, marginalised and vulnerable people around the world, and those who stand in solidarity with them, increasingly recognise their own cause as part of a common, global struggle for a just and liveable future’.”

Unlike the African National Congress, Cosatu has been outspoken about President Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship, calling on the ANC to take action to curb his excesses.

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