Wednesday, 05 November 2008
While congratulating Barrack Obama on his election, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) noted how his opponent's acceptance of defeat contrasts with the reluctance of Robert Mugabe and Mwai Kibaki to bow to the will of the people of Zimbabwe and Kenya when they were defeated.
A partner of the South African ruling party, Cosatu also expressed fear that if Obama implements his campaign pledges to protect American jobs and oppose the outsourcing of investment and jobs to developing countries, he will take a more protectionist line and try to block further progress in the World Trade Organisation’s Doha developmental round of negotiations, with catastrophic consequences for developing countries
Cosatu also appalled to him to lift the economic blockade on Cuba and to stop trying to impose an economic system which the Cuban people have consistently rejected – extend democracy to the people of Cuba as well.
“Cosatu has also noted the generous way in which John McCain accepted his defeat, and contrasts this with the reluctance of Robert Mugabe and Mwai Kibaki to bow to the will of the people of Zimbabwe and Kenya when they were defeated,” stated statements.
And the trade union also took aim at those who are formenting for an ANC split, saying McCain’s 45% vote was also more than the 40% vote for those defeated at the Polokwane ANC Conference. “While he graciously accepted defeat, some of those who lost there are hell-bent on forming a breakaway party with the sole aim of disrupting and dividing the liberation movement.
“It is time to follow McCain’s example and accept that there are winners and losers in every election, but the result is the will of the people and has to be accepted.”