Trade unions are fleecing their members, and the government is making it difficult to hold them accountable, says former labour registrar Johan Crouse, who was fired by the labour minister for trying to do just that. The National Council of Trade Unions recently called on the government to hold the council's organisations accountable amid claims and proof of rampant corruption and maladministration in unions. Crouse, who was the labour registrar for 20 years, says he has "absolutely no doubt" about these claims. But he says the call by union leaders for their organisations to be held accountable is "just rhetoric. They don't want to be held accountable, that's the bottom line." He says he also finds it difficult to take seriously Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini's recent remark about union investment companies being "a cancer ripping us all apart". He agrees with him, but points out that it was Cosatu that got Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to intervene when Crouse as labour regulat...

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