'Impossible for strike to happen in election season with no political slogans'

There have been concerns on social media that the objective of Cosatu's nationwide strike is a bit confusing with people saying there are too many different issues from members - from demanding electricity in Joburg, railways in Cape Town to some declaring support for Cyril Ramaphosa.

Independent political analyst, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke says in order to understand what is going on we have to look at Cosatu's statement which outlined the following issues be investigated: state capture, corruption, retrenchment, the Guptas, and ministers who are implicated in state capture.

But how Cosatu managed to say all of that without even once mentioning the name Jacob Zuma is quite impressive because that is certainly what the strike is all about.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Independent political analyst

Cosatu's president Sdumo Dlamini has been saying that the strike is not about factions of the ANC or electioneering for the ANC's next president, but is rather about the struggle of the workers.

Maluleke says whether it was intentional or not, it is somehow impossible to have a strike happening this late in the year, during election season, and expect the matter not to pop-up.

It is impossible not to see a Zuma must Fall sign as it is impossible not to hear some reference to Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Independent political analyst

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