Media Release, Tuesday 12 October 2016
NPA Press Release
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) notes with concern the developments surrounding the Minister of Finance and other former SARS top officials regarding charges of fraud as announced by the head of the NPA at his media briefing earlier today.
As a business organisation the impact of these developments on the economy can only be negative, especially in an environment where South Africa has been facing a potential credit ratings downgrade and an economy that has been growing at a slow rate.
We however support the constitution of the Republic of South Africa and its organs of state; we also support any individuals’ rights as enshrined in the constitution. These rights include the right to a free and fair trial, amongst other things, and the basic principle of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law.
In this regard, we will be refraining from commenting on issues that are sub-judice until the issues are resolved by the competent tribunal as prescribed in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
SACCI CEO Mr Alan Mukoki (082 511 1159)
PRESS RELEASE 5 October 2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) has noted the intention of COSATU to call all government employees to a national strike.
Reports indicate that COSATU will be marching to Parliament on Friday 7 October 2016 at 13:00. SACCI further notes that COSATU will be handing over memoranda to organised business formations in the regions.
Reports indicate that COSATU wishes to focus on the following:
- Demand the total banning of Labour Brokers
- The fight against job losses
- The demand for minimum wage
- Defend collective Bargaining
- Proper health and safety
- Implementation of the NHI
- Scrapping of the taxation amendment law
- The demand for free education
SACCI being a responsible business organisation, has made its proposals and submissions on the various abovementioned policy issues to the authorities, either directly as SACCI or through BUSA.
SACCI respects rights of individuals or organisations to protest as governed by the rule of law and by the constitution. We urge the organisers of the protecst action to respect the right of non-protesting workers. We also urge them to make every effort to avoid violent protests that can lead to loss of life, and also damage to property.
Mr Alan Mukoki
(082 551 1159)