South African Students Congress

SASCO fully supports COSATU national march

5 March 2012

The South African Students Congress (SASCO) fully supports the all-important national march called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on 7 March 2012. There cannot be a debate over the fact that COSATU remains a powerful and reliable social force committed to meaningful socio-economic transformation in society. We commend COSATU for being a strong proponent of social movement unionism—taking working class struggles beyond the shop-floor.

As SASCO, we are fully behind COSATU's call for the scrapping of the ill-thought E-tolling in Gauteng province and the banning of modern slavery. We are quite disturbed that the ANC led government is moving full steam ahead with the implementation of this socially toxic project. We reject with contempt a misguided and shallow notion from some who suggest that the opposition against E-tolling is essentially a struggle for the rich and middle class. It requires no rocket science to see that E-tolling will undermine the livelihood of the poor.

We reiterate our long-held view that modern slavery (so-called labour brokers) must be abolished immediately. It is well known that at the centre of decent work deficit in South Africa is the super exploitative practice of labour brokering. Labour brokers survive by undermining basic labour standards for their selfish and narrow interest of maximising profits. We call upon the ANC led government to take seriously its priority on decent work. It is unacceptable that our people remain strapped in precarious forms of employment.

SASCO strongly encourages all our members and students in general to come out in their numbers in support of the COSATU national march this week Wednesday, 7 March 201. This is important because our struggle, as students, for transformation of society cannot be divorced from the broader working class struggles. We are encouraged by the fact that most of our provincial structures participated in the COSATU provincial preparatory meetings to prepare for the inevitable success of this all-important national march. Forward with the student-worker alliance!

For more information contact:
Ngoako Selamolela, SASCO President, 0792976723
Themba Masondo, SASCO Secretary-General, 0791993421