Cosatu strike report from three cities

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) strike is currently underway in South Africas' nine provinces - which it billed as a march against state capture.

EWN Mia Lindeque is reporting from Johannesburg where protesters have gathered outside Mayor Herman Mashaba's office to deliver a memorandum.

According to Lindeque there are about five hundred people marching in the streets of Joburg and not thousands as predicted.

They are calling for Mayor Herman Mashaba to come and address the crowd and receive the memorandum.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

They just heard that Mashaba will not be accepting the memorandum himself which angered a lot of them, saying that it seems Mashaba is running Joburg from the Western Cape.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt reported from Cape Town where the crowd moved from Keizersgracht Street to the Prasa offices at Cape Town Station to hand over a memorandum demanding better railway services.

The protesters are saying money that is going to be used to rescue SAA should rather be given to Prasa to solve transport problems facing commuters.

I would definitely say about 2000 people are present at this march. There are a lot of affiliates and supporters of Cosatu speaking out against corruption and demanding better living conditions for people in the province.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Tony Ehrenreich also made allegations that both Jacob Zuma and Helen Zille benefited from the Gupta family.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo reported from Durban saying many protesters have shown support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the presidential hopeful. This, despite the fact that Cosatu has said the march has nothing to do with the December conference but is focused on workers' struggles.

The people have criticised Cosatu's former president, Zwelinzima Vavi, saying he should mind his own business, and focus on his own organisation.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Ngcobo says members have questioned where Cosatu president, Sdumo Dlamini, has been since the Bloemfontein MayDay celebration.

He said he has bee doing Cosatu's work this whole time. There is no need for media to be following him around like he is some kind of a pop star.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Ngcobo says although the numbers are not as big as the 15 000 that was anticipated, workers definitely showed up in their thousands.

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This article first appeared on 702 : Cosatu strike report from three cities


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