The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has urged all its members, workers, and all citizens to join the nationwide civil society-led protest marches this week.
Political parties and civil society formations across the country have organised various marches ahead of the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.
The federation has distanced itself from comments by affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which slam civil society group Save SA.
Numsa has apparently come out against planned action on Monday organised Save SA.
Saftu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says Numsa and other federation members are behind the need to unite with progressive civil society which are against state looting.
He says that all unions affiliated with Saftu made resolutions about the federation's mandate Saftu in relation to civil society.
All of us agreed that Saftu will have to play a leading role in mobilising civil society.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Numsa has the right to make their opinions known, but that is not the view of Saftu.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
We embrace all civil l society organisations that we believe are genuinely involved in the struggle to save the country.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Zuma, his Cabinet and cronies have all forfeited any right to to hold any office and that's why we are joining the rest of civil society formations in Cape Town.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Every union of the federation, including Numsa, is fully behind the need to unite the trade union movement with progressive civil society formations that are mobilising our people.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Vavi says Saftu is not opposed to members participating in demonstrations this week and adds that Numsa members can choose from a range of demonstrations to attend.
Meanwhile, the SA Council of Churches (SACC) and newly-formed Future South Africa, have planned a range of activities on Monday and Tuesday.
SACC's general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana and Future SA organiser Neeshan Bolton explain what's in store.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Vavi: Saftu supports members, workers involved in anti-Zuma civil marches