LET­TER The num­bers

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION -

SIR – The Congress of South African Trade Unions thanks all those work­ers who braved the scorch­ing sun and marched to the Premier’s Of­fice to de­liver a mem­o­ran­dum of de­mands against cor­rup­tion, state cap­ture and job losses.

The Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is hum­bled and en­cour­aged by the good turnout and the work done by the af­fil­i­ates in mo­bil­is­ing the work­ers.

We, how­ever, note the dis­tor­tions made by the DFA where the turnout was re­duced to the low­est of 300 mem­bers. We wish to re­fute that and con­demn this neg­a­tive re­port­ing with the con­tempt it de­serves. This is the rea­son why the North­ern Cape de­serves an al­ter­na­tive news­pa­per for bal­anced re­port­ing.

It is worth re­port­ing that Ne­hawu, NUM, Sadtu, Popcru and Denosa alone had a to­tal of close to 1 200 work­ers in at­ten­dance. There were also other af­fil­i­ates that did not record the at­ten­dance of their mem­bers. We also note the over­whelm­ing sup­port that we got from five branches of the ANC in the SolPlaatje sub-re­gion as well as the branches of the SACP.

We call on all the work­ers to re­main united and vig­i­lant against all forms of counter rev­o­lu­tion­ary at­tacks, in­clud­ing the at­tempts that were made by em­ploy­ers to in­tim­i­date. Let us not be dis­tracted by such non-is­sues and fo­cus on the big­ger bat­tles ahead.

We also thank the work­ers across the Prov­ince who em­barked on pick­et­ings in the dif­fer­ent lo­cals be­cause they could not join the Pro­vin­cial March. Their ac­tions did not go unat­tended and if we can add their num­bers we can safely say we had more than 4 000 work­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the strike in the North­ern Cape.

We wish to re­port to the work­ers that the premier of the North­ern Cape has al­ready set a process in mo­tion to re­spond to our de­mands im­me­di­ately af­ter the march, a ges­ture which we wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ate.

Fi­nally, we want to con­grat­u­late the ANC on the vic­tory they reg­is­tered in the bi-elec­tions in ward 4 in the Dawid Kruiper Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. That vic­tory is a clear in­di­ca­tion that the peo­ple of the North­ern Cape still have full con­fi­dence in the ANC and our lead­ers dare not take that for granted.

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