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Trade union federation Cosatu has expressed disquiet at demands by political parties for increased funding from parliament and the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) at a time when several state-owned enterprises are on the verge of collapse and jobs are on the line.

The union said that it welcomes some provisions of the recently promulgated Political Party Funding Act. But it is “irritated by the demand of all political parties for increased funding from parliament, the provincial legislatures and the IEC whilst the state and our SOEs have been brought to the verge of financial ruin and collapse by the very same poverty-pleading politicians”...

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