THO was excited to learn of the following resolutions by COSATU. The reason why we welcome such resolutions is that they respond directly to questions that our communities and patients experience on a day to day basis. We however, urge COSATU to ensure that all Minister and general legislatures consult as widely as possible before taking decisions that directly affect our people. Discrimination of healers by legislatures shall not be tolerated at all.
Catch some of the resolutions below:
- That in order to address moral values, discipline, unemployment, further training, skills shortages and crime, the state to introduce voluntary millitary and other kinds of training for youth between the ages of 18 and 23.
- COSATU must continously monitor the performance of government at all levels of governance.
- COSATU within the Alliance must champion the reconstitution and strengthening of transitional management teams (that were set up after Polokwane to guard against looting) into standing structures of the Alliance to monitor and direct policy implementation.
- We call upon all affiliates and COSATU locals and regions/provinces to campaign on service delivery within their locals and regions/provinces and to ensure thta the accountability of politicians and government officials does not get compromised
- That clinics such as primary health care facilities should be open 24/7
- Those serving in public office, eg. Ward Committee Members, hospital board members should be compensated in the form of a stipend enjoyed by other volunteers in Government Departments with the rights to recall if they are not performing adequately
- We need to redefine who is poor. some municipalities only give free services to pensioners or those on household incomes of lesss than R1500. This excludes many people who are struggling to survive. The current definition of who is indigent or poor is too mean and exclusionary.
- Local people's committee's must be built with people trained to monitor their own services as well as the work of local government more generally. It is on this basis that we can revisit the current culture of not paying for services