The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has said that about 15 of its leaders were forcefully evicted from a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour on Wednesday after they staged a demonstration.
The committee has been convened to ratify the proposed amendments to the labour laws as well as the national minimum wage legislation.
Saftu has been struggling to convince the office bearers to allow it to make representations to the committee, and on Wednesday its Western Cape leaders refused to leave the meeting until their letter of demands was tabled to the portfolio committee for consideration and a decision to be made thereon.
But the chairperson of parliamentary services called security guards to remove them from the venue.
Andre Adams, Saftu’s provincial secretary in the Western Cape, said that although their demonstration was peaceful, they met with a forceful security team that had no regard for their rights to peaceful demonstration.
“They proceeded to forcefully remove us through assaulting us. In the process one of our female leaders was assaulted and dragged out of the venue with no regard to her right to dignity,” Adams said.
“We strongly condemn the actions of the security forces of Parliament who on the direction of the chairperson of the portfolio committee, Sharome van Schalkwyk, and the Deputy Minister iNkosi Sango Patekile Holomisa, proceeded with the assault and forceful eviction of our leadership.”
– African News Agency (ANA)