South African Students Congress

Joint COSATU, SACP and SASCO Mpumalanga media statements on Political Developments in the Province

5 March 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, the South African Communist Party and the South African Student Congress in Mpumalanga are mobilising their members for the mother of all battles protest march to be held on the 07 March 2012.

The three progressive organisations will jointly lead two protest marches in Mpumalanga to protest in demand of the following:-

The protest marches will be held as follows: -

ON THE LABOUR BROKERS

The system of labour brokers is in direct contradiction with the Decent Work Agenda as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO),.

It is in direct contradiction with the values of our constitution, it is in direct contradiction with the Labour Relations Act of this country. COSATU, SACP and SASCO demands for the total banning of the system of labour brokering for the following reasons: -

Increased regulation of the Labour brokers will not work because capacity constraints with the Department of Labour to enforce existing legislations and a ban against labour brokers have proven to be simply cumbersome for the Department of Labour.

ON CORRUPTION

COSATU, SACP and SASCO demands for the end to corruption in the province. We believe that corruption steels from the poor.

Corruption is rife in Mpumalanga.

Recently the Auditor General reported that more than 80% of the tenders issued in the province were issued irregular.

Amongst the many corruption cases in the province are the following: -

THE KILLING OF POLITICAL LEADERS IN THE PROVINCE

It is now more than twelve (12) months since the suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele announced that he has instituted of 12 highly qualified investigators to probe the killing of political leaders in Mpumalanga.

The people of Mpumalanga are not prepared to wait until another political leader is murdered before demanding the outcome of the investigation.

Over the past six years or so, more than ten political leaders were murdered in Mpumalanga.

Amongst those murdered are the following: -

Bomber Ntshangase - SACP leader in Mpumalanga
Gabriel Mkhumbane (Deputy President) - Swaziland Pupils United Democratic Movement Organisation
Johan Ndlovu - Chief Whip of the Mbombela Local Municipality
Sammy Mpatlanyane - Mpumalanga Sports, Arts and Culture Spokesman
Jimmy Mohlala - Mbombela Local Municipality Speaker

COSATU, SACP and SASCO demands the outcome of the above cases and many more and the outcome of the probe against the political murder in the province as instituted by the suspended National Police Commissioner.

For more information please contact the following:-

COSATU Provincial Secretary
Fidel Mlombo
0827195699

SACP Provincial Secretary
Bonakele Majuba
0829684877

SASCO Provincial Secretary
Sfiso Makhabane
0784272744