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CTFL industry confirms being affected by recent looting and destruction

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COSATU has issued a statement on behalf of the CTFL industry, which has expressed strong condemnation of the looting and destruction that has disrupted its economic future.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, issued a statement on behalf of the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather Industry Stakeholders (CTFL), stating that the initiative condemns the recent lootings and destruction. It also called for emergency supply support. COSATU confirmed that over the last few days, the CTFL Stakeholder Initiative Forum reflected on the events that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng, as well as other parts of the country, which led to the looting and destruction.

COSATU further stated that the forum consists of all 17 employer associations, and the two trade unions in the CTFL industry which was set up a few years ago to develop urgent responses to moments of crisis affecting the industry. COSATU stated that the Employer and Trade Union leadership represented in the forum met on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, and announced that it condemns the destruction and looting in the strongest form.

The forum also stated that these acts have no place in the constitutional democracy, and that the actions have caused serious harm to the industry and posed a worrying threat to the future sustainability of jobs in a high unemployment country.

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