Media Release: Institute backs COSATU on civil society initiative - 21st November 2010

The CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations, John Kane-Berman, has spoken out in defence of efforts by the Congress of South African Trade Unions to promote the role of civil society organizations in the country. COSATU came in for considerable criticism from both the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) after inviting a group of civil society organizations to a meeting in Boksburg in October. Kane-Berman has described the criticism directed at COSATU as “Stalinism straight and simple”.