I was not amazed after hearing Jessie Duarte’s ranting on her response to the NUMSA’s ongoing strike. Her ranting merely confirmed what I already know about most politicians in particular and South African people in general. We have reduced ourselves to people who shuns away from responsibility and accountability. We have lost the sense of integrity and moral values that guides human behaviour and our quest to build a better and just society. By shying away from taking responsibility, we are unconsciously contributing to the creation of a failed state and a banana republic.
I vehemently believe that we have learnt a lot from the platinum strike and the effects it left on our economy. I thought we were better prepared to tackle the NUMSA strike and other strikes that may be expected in the near future. It is public knowledge that strikes that nature are not good for our young democracy and our promising economy. It is for this reason that our fight against them should be accelerated and tackled with a different approach to avoid the atrocities that have defined our recent strikes. We must prevent this hostilities from taking centre stage again lest we forget the loss of lives in Marikana and other anguish suffered by our people.
No one can deny the fact that the right to strike is enshrined by our constitution, but we know how violent they can turn out if they are not properly addressed by the powers that be. It is therefore morally unacceptable to degenerate ourselves into playing the blame game rather than striving to change the status quo. It is the leaders responsibility to find ways of addressing the plight of workers and by so doing spare our country from a state of instability. It is therefore unnecessary for our leaders to blame each other whenever strikes of this nature occurs. Jessie was supposed to tell us measures that she and her party are planning to combat long strikes that are detrimental to our economy. Instead of doing the right thing, she followed suit in the growing trend of playing the blame game by blaming EFF and AMCU. This tendency must stop if we are to win the battle against labour unrest and the plight of workers and exploitation by employers.