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JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has noted with alarm the statements by the Competition Commission that the National Treasury ignored its advice against awarding a multi-billion rand tender to Vodacom; because it would have entrenched and Vodacom’s position and distorted competition.

The union said that country deserves answers from those who were responsible for ignoring this advice from the Competition Commission. 

“The federation feels vindicated because we have been arguing for a long time that the state and National Treasury in particular, need to be extricated from the shackles of private monopoly interests. The influence of monopolies and established white businesses can be seen in tender allocations and policy development; not only at Treasury but across government,” said Cosatu.

Cosatu reiterates its previous assertion that unless we address this right-wing ideological model of the public sector that seeks to change the public service to operate along the lines of the private sector and insist that government should be the client of the private sector, nothing will change.

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The federation remains committed to intensifying its fight against the introduction of private-sector practices such as public-private-partnerships, outsourcing, agencification and privatisation in the public service 

“We commend the Competition Commission for its tireless work in exposing this public and private sector collusion. We hope that other state institutions will start doing their work to ensure that we can dismantle this corruption and corporate capture of the state, including holding the culprits involved accountable for their actions,” said Cosatu.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE