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COSATU strike: East London residents demand Zuma steps down

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 28, 2017
COSATU strike: East London residents demand Zuma steps down

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) organised members of its affiliate trade unions in a march to the Buffalo City Metro Municipality’s offices at the East London City Hall, on Wednesday as part of the nationwide strike against corruption, State Capture and job losses.

In the Eastern Cape, similar marches took place in Mthatha, Queenstown and Port Elizabeth.  

Speaking at the march South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) Eastern Cape Provincial chairperson, Chris Mdingi, said that the union, amongst other things, was calling for an immediate to state capture by big businesses, immediate end to all forms of corruption, creation of decent jobs by all sectors of the economy, an end to retrenchments, and banning of Labour Relations.

Mdingi said that to address the socio-economic predicaments of South Africa’s unemployed and working class, the State must play a critical role in ensuring economic development and inclusive economy, also redistribution of wealth.

“State Capture has destroyed public trust and its organs, it has, and continues to, amongst other things eat away confidence of South Africa’s economy and promoted a culture of corruption,” he told the marchers.

 

In his address, South African Communist Party (SACP) 2nd Deputy Secretary General, Chris Matlaho, said that all the ministers implicated in corruption must be held responsible and be investigated.

“The African National Congress (ANC) is not corrupt, but the leadership is, we have a duty and obligation to defend those who paid the ultimate price for regaining our countries freedom and we have to protect it,” said Matlaho.

He added that that President Jacob Zuma has to step down in order to save the ANC and the countries economics and also all other corrupt ministers.

“We are saying the alliances must take leadership in what is currently happening in the country, and not allow political dealings in KwaZulu Natal not to be investigated,” Matlaho added.

Also speaking at the march, National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) 2nd Deputy General Secretary, Mike Shingange, echoed him and said that the union cannot fold arms anymore - it is about time that the President steps down.

“We are not here because we are lazy and do not want to work, we sacrificed our wages for the day because we are tired of corruption and corrupt Ministers,” said Shingange.

He added that being in a State that is led by President Zuma is like being on a sinking ship and the reason why the South African economy is at such state it is because of President Zuma and his allies.

A memorandum of demands was delivered to government, business and Department of Labour representatives, who were given 14 working days to respond to the demands.

Failure to provide responses to the demands will see thousands of workers again taking to the streets.

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