Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA trade union federation, says the disruption of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Labor Day speech was “a strong unity between workers”.
Ramaphosa was forced to abandon his speech in Rustenburg in the northwest after miners booed him and stormed the stage.
He was, however, scheduled to give a keynote address at the Cosatu rally had to be taken away when angry workers protested and asked him to leave.
One of their main concerns was a demand for a R1,000 monthly pay rise for Sibanye-Stillwater Gold miners. span>
“It was a strong message of unity between workers from different unions who don’t belong to the same association,” Vavi told Power 98.7.< /p>
< span>He said workers used Ramaphosa’s speech as an opportunity to rudely to awaken from his slumber.
“You sent a strong message to all elite, against whom we fight our battles in your absence and with you on the other side,” said Vavi.
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said the workers demonstrating were fed up with empty promises and Ramaphosa’s charms.
“Chickens have come home to sleep. Our workers have been abused, lied to and betrayed by the ANC. You can lie to people for so long, but you cannot lie to people about their lived experiences,”said Mashaba.
He said Ramaphosa felt that charm and a smile on the workers would make them keep his promises.
“They showed him that they could Gatvol are. We are in a country where youth unemployment is 74%. That’s not sustainable. We are an open border country where domestic politics do not protect South Africa’s borders and sovereignty. Unfortunately, this affects poor South Africans. You can’t lie to people who haven’t worked in the last 20 years,” he said.
Veteran media personality Redi Tlhabi also joined in the booing ANC -Leaders who said it was time.
“That’s what I’m here for. It’s time. They think they can look the other way when comrades steal, protecting the same thieves while denigrating dissent. When it suits them, they want to be perceived as “different”. Cheers to “community responsibility”. They didn’t do that much for the citizens,” Tlhabi said.
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