Car­tels run this gov­ern­ment

Observer on Saturday - - News -

For­mer SAPPI Usutu em­ploy­ees minced no words that gov­ern­ment has dev­as­tat­ingly gone to bed with em­ploy­ers nu­mer­ous times leav­ing Swazis to feel the bur­den of ex­ploita­tion at the lat­ter’s hands. The for­mer em­ploy­ees al­leged the gov­ern­ment is run by dark forces that placed it­self in all po­si­tions for them to do their deadly cor­rupt prac­tices and fur­ther en­sure their backs are cov­ered.

The em­ploy­ees al­leged cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als are un­touch­able and they are set­ting the King against his own peo­ple. The for­mer em­ploy­ees said they be­lieve the King ap­points peo­ple with good in­ten­tions to help the na­tion but these in­di­vid­u­als have ma­nip­u­lated the King’s mercy for their evil in­ten­tions. The for­mer em­ploy­ees felt that gov­ern­ment has failed to play their role or at least em­ploy a neu­tral per­son to deal with in­dus­trial re­la­tions is­sues in the coun­try. The work­ers said they have been to such suf­fer­ing be­cause of gov­ern­ments fail­ure or re­luc­tance to help a host of em­ploy­ees who have found them­selves without jobs as well as without ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion for their toil over the years for cer­tain com­pa­nies.

Work­ers al­leged with con­vic­tion that most of­ten money ex­changes hands re­sult­ing in gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials turn­ing a blind eye on is­sues of des­per­a­tion for the coun­try’s work­force. In their pre­vi­ous meet­ings the work­ers dis­closed a num­ber of com­pa­nies that have suf­fered the same fate as they are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

The work­ers sin­gled in­di­vid­u­als without nam­ing them that are known to be the mas­ter­minds be­hind work­ers suf­fer­ing where they swin­dled mil­lions or bil­lions that be­longs to des­per­ate re­trenched work­ers who were sup­posed to be paid. Bulembu, Royal Swazi Spa and Mba­bane City Coun­cil re­trench­ments and the list is just end­less. The work­ers said they know for a fact that some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have col­luded with em­ploy­ers and got huge perks in the process.

The work­ers have dis­closed that the po­lice and the anti cor­rup­tion unit have re­fused to pur­sue an ar­rest with glar­ing ev­i­dence given to the bod­ies that are sup­posed to pro­tect the Swazi na­tion. The work­ers said the king has spo­ken sev­eral times about cor­rup­tion and the po­lice and the anti cor­rup­tion com­mis­sion has con­tin­ued to defy the king in fail­ing to ar­rest the peo­ple be­cause of their in­flu­en­tial sta­tus in the land. The work­ers said the bod­ies have enough ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute but they are re­fus­ing to do their jobs.

FOR­MER ECO­NOMIC FORCE: For­mer em­ploy­ees of SAPPI Usuthu are still not paid their dues some have been at­tacked by dif­fer­ent ail­ments with no means to at­tend to their health.

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