By Nkosikhulule Nyembezi Advocacy Programme Manager
The Cosatu congress emphasised a breakdown in trust between citizens and the political elite, says Nkosikhulule Nyembezi. (SABC).
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress, which took place this week, was billed as a historic event. It was to be one that would enable, among other things, organised labour and civil society formations to work together on efforts to promote public accountability and human rights in South Africa.
Indeed, it was prudent for the congress to highlight the association between public participation, accountability processes in government, and the realisation of human rights in a manner that serves as a good reminder that public platforms such as parliament and the provincial legislatures are democratic spaces that belong to the people of South Africa. This sentiment was displayed in the important resolutions dealing with efforts to combat corruption, which is threatening our collective efforts to eliminate poverty and inequality in our society.