Trade Union federation Cosatu has blasted the DA’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, saying he is nothing but a representative of capital who has no interests in addressing the plight of the poor.
“His DA continue to lead a crusade to promote labour brokers,” Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said today. Briefing the media on the outcomes of the Central Executive Committee (CEC), Ntshalintshali said the federation and the SA Communist Party will support the ANC in this year’s local government elections.
“It is critical that both the neo-liberal DA and the dangerous, demagogic EFF are roundly defeated, “he said. “In expressing our support for the ANC, our two formations warned however that we will not be able to support candidates thrust upon local communities through undemocratic processes.”
Ntshalintshali said the CEC condemned racism that seems to be on a rise in the country. “Racism is about power relations and as long as blacks are not participating or in charge of the economy, we will continue to deal with racism,” Ntshalintshali said.
“The economic power of whites afford them the power to give expression to their racist views.” He said political parties like the DA, “who are nesting rabid racists, should be punished by voters.” “Workers should be clear that voting for the DA and other political parties will be tantamount to handing their money to greedy corporate vultures,” Ntshalintshali said.
On the Lilly Mine accident, Ntshalintshali accused mine bosses of failing to prioritise health and safety of workers over profits. Cosatu plans to visit the mine to meet with families of the three trapped miners soon. Cosatu welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan Budget speech, saying Gordhan did a commendable balancing act and resisted the calls for extreme voluntary austerity measures by the neo-liberal.