At the 17th World Federation of Trade Unions congress yesterday, President Jacob Zuma cited the dangers of the capitalist system in his speech.
He called on workers to continue fighting the system, saying: “No capitalist society will say to the workers ‘we have heard you, take it and create what you want’.” He said capitalism was a system in crisis. Workers thus faced an ongoing struggle globally to respond to this.
“Today, we all complain about the sluggish economy, the economic meltdown and the crisis in the economy. The banking system of the US created it and it engulfed the whole world. From time to time there are crises that come with the system.”
But DA leader Mmusi Maimane disagreed. “It is not the rejection of the system that we need,” Maimane told The Citizen.
“What we need is for South Africans to be empowered as individuals. I think President Jacob Zuma does not understand that.”