‘Pres­i­dent Zuma must step down’

The Rep - - NEWS - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

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.”

Pic­tures: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

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

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