ANC: Foreign forces trying to destabilise SA economy

2014-06-09 08:26

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the strikes in the platinum belt have a political colour and the involvement of “white foreign nationals” showed that “foreign forces” were trying to destroy the South African economy.

Speaking to journalists at Luthuli House yesterday afternoon following a three-day meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), Mantashe said the strike was the main contributor to the 0.6% negative growth in the economy recently.

He said the ANC was concerned about “whether this was a collective bargaining strike or a political strike”.

He said the ANC noted the following developments: white foreign nationals articulating Amcu’s position, showing “foreign forces” have an interest in destabilising the economy; and the participation of Dali Mpofu from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the negotiations “and thus collaboration with foreign forces”.

The EFF, however, said it was unapologetic about supporting the strike, Sapa reported.

“This support is a political support and that is why the EFF has pronounced on it in its elections manifesto that R12 500 must be a minimum wage in the entire mining sector,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

“The ANC’s insinuation that this is not a political strike, but a collective bargaining strike is a desperate attempt to delegitimise and downplay workers’ legitimate demands and their efforts to secure their livelihood,” he said.

“The demand for a minimum wage is political and that is evidenced by the slaughter of 34 mine workers in defence of capitalist interests by the ANC government two years ago.”

Mantashe also said there were questions about the role of the state in a dispute like this when there were clear rules to guide the bargaining. Government was told by the ANC to “deal with the situation more decisively if the economic decline is to be arrested”, said Mantashe.

He said both the employers and the workers should stick to their promises.

Mantashe also said the security cluster was told to protect people around the strikes, because already five workers had been killed in this strike.

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