Monday, December 16, 2013
Herman Mashaba takes on the crony capitalists in South Africa
HERMAN Mashaba says the failure of business leaders to speak out against the government’s destructive labour policies is an endorsement of crony capitalism. “They’re happy to complain in private from the sidelines, in boardrooms and at dinner parties, but they’re not prepared to come out openly,” says Mr Mashaba. This is not something he can be accused of.
This week, he announced that he would be proceeding with his challenge of the constitutional validity of section 32 of the Labour Relations Act. He launched his court action in March, but says it has been sabotaged by the delaying tactics of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
Cosatu applied to become a party to the action, but it has consistently failed to file its answering affidavit, thus stalling the process. Mr Mashaba says he has had enough. The Free Market Foundation, which he chairs, has withdrawn its consent for Cosatu to be a party to the action and will now proceed with the case.
“Our country faces a crisis. We cannot allow the urgency of the matter to be sabotaged by delays.”
Read more: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/2013/11/10/crusader-herman-mashaba-takes-on-the-crony-capitalists
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