‘President Zuma must step down’
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma must do the honourable thing and step down as the president of South Africa, Cosatu Chris Hani members indicated in a march forming part of national protest action on Wednesday.
The march, initiated by the national leadership of Cosatu, was to warn that the body will not tolerate corruption and state capture.
Cosatu Chris Hani secretary Ndyalavane Mawethu said they aimed to highlight the need to protect the pension funds of workers and call for the employment of casual workers as full time employees.
A memorandum was handed over to the department of labour.
Mawethu said: “We support the central committee of Cosatu calling for president Zuma to do the honourable thing and step down.
“As for the pensions of workers, government must not even think to bail out the country or state entities like Eskom or SAA, because that is what government is intending to do, borrow money from workers’ pensions.
“Other countries have tried this and found it difficult to pay the monies back. Greece is an example. If government uses this money, we will mobilise the workers to march against that decision.”
He said some companies were not complying with the Labour Relations Act which stipulated that workers employed for more than three months should be permanently employed.
PEC member of the ANC and National Assembly of South Africa member, Thozama Mantashe, said the ANC in Manguang in 2012 made a resolution to fight corruption.
“Everyone should be here, because corruption affects everyone. We cannot create jobs, there can be no free education and we cannot fix inequality because the country’s money is being looted. The ANC is not a corrupt organisation, it is unfortunate that some deployees are corrupt and if the head is corrupt, the whole body will be referred to as corrupt.”
Central committee member of the SA Communist Party (SACP) Bulelwa Tunyiswa said the party fought for the working class.
“We do that by supporting any movement that fights against corruption. We support workers, because they are unsettled about their pensions. When the state is captured people get tenders wrongly, like the Gupta family.”
Chairman of the sub-region in Enoch Mgijima SA Council of Churches Kanana Nyameka said they were marching for peace and unity.
“We are here to bring hope. Corruption is not accepted, because all that they are stealing is from God.”
WE ARE NOT IMPRESSED: Cosatu members march on their way to Cathcart Road during the nationwide march against state capture
WORDS: ANC PEC member and member of the National Assembly of South Africa Thozama Mantashe speaks before a Cosatu march