South Africans have not given up on the struggle against corruption and state capture. Thousands of members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) gathered around the country for a national strike on Wednesday. They protested against state capture, corruption and retrenchment. Cosatu and SACP representatives handed memorandums to banks, large businesses and government representatives.
As the ANC elective conference approaches, the alliance partners are increasingly mobilising behind Cyril Ramaphosa, rather than Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Zuma campâ€
The Daily Vox reporters were on the ground to speak with protestors.
â€” Rumana Akoob (@RumanaAkoob) September 27, 2017
Workers are protesting all over the country. Workers are here to demonstrate their frustration and anger against the continuous corruption in the country. We are here to indicate to government, to business, to everyone that we are sick and tired of state capture. Our government is captured by the Gupta family. Workers are here to say enough is enough. We need a government free of corruption. All the deals that are made through government impact workers and citizens. The monies that are being looted are the workersâ€
We are here to support Cosatu and make sure our voices are heard on the issues of state capture and the leadership that is already captured. The president canâ€
Jonathan Boshielo, nurse and Denosa member
â€” Mihlali (@_Mihlali_) September 27, 2017
â€” Lizeka Maduna (@I_am_Msuthukazi) September 27, 2017
I’m here today because I don’t understand what they mean when they say they will take our money and give it to SAA.We are tired of labour brokers. We are also tired of state capture. If the government could allow outsiders to come into the country and run it, why can’t they go to the Guptas and ask for the money to bail out SAA? I don’t understand why government should punish us for its own problems. Also, as workers, we are ought to be consulted on our own money because at the end of the day, it’s us who vote. This is only the beginning, we want the government to listen and hear us perfectly.
â€” Jameel (@indie_impimpi) September 27, 2017
We are saying, â€œDown with state capture, down!â€ We are saying, â€œDown with corruption, down!â€ Zuma must go now! There must be no state capture, there must be employment of our people. We must fight crime in this country. We must create land for our people. The minimum wage is a start, we will build on it. Iâ€
Reporting by Mihlali Ntsabo, Lizeka Maduna and Mohammed Jameel Abdulla