President Zuma has called on the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to reflect more vigorously on the impact of the global crisis of capitalism on the African working class. The federation is holding its presidential council meeting in South Africa. It was honoured at a gala dinner in Johannesburg last night.
Addressing the gathering via a video link, President Zuma praised the organisation for its sterling work in the face of the global recession. He also thanked the WFTU for its support during apartheid.
The WFTU also voiced its support for those wanting to liberate themselves from dictatorships
But the highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to veteran South African unionists. They included Erich Stalin Mtshali, John Nkadimeng, Mark Shope, Moses Mabhida and JB Marks.
The WFTU also voiced its support for those wanting to liberate themselves from dictatorships. "The people are the only ones authorised to decide on their future, freely and democratically," says WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party also received awards from the WFTU.