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South African union group plans strike on Oct. 7 over corruption

South Africa's COSATU trade union federation is mobilising for a general strike on Oct. 7 to protest about corruption, and it wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to speed up prosecutions of corrupt individuals, COSATU's general secretary said on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 26 (Reuters) - South Africa's COSATU trade union federation is mobilising for a general strike on Oct. 7 to protest about corruption, and it wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to speed up prosecutions of corrupt individuals, COSATU's general secretary said on Wednesday.

"He (Ramaphosa) must stop negotiating with criminals and use the only language that they will understand which is prosecution and sentencing," Bheki Ntshalintshali told a news conference.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Tumelo Modiba; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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