Democracy or exploiters?

2016-11-30 06:00

WHEN we fought for democracy, bloodshed nourished our soil with grief, sorrow, hatred and joy to others.

We did not know where the graves of our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters were because of the torture and brutal killings.

Even now, no one knows where they are buried. The so-called black-on-black violence was perpetrated by those who did not want social justice and peace.

Yes, it’s been 22 years of democracy, but there is still social injustice on farm workers in terms of labour rights. I begin to wonder why trade unions are so quiet when our people are still exploited every day by the minority capitalist. What mandate are trade unions still holding?

To the Department of Labour, I say that now is the time to ensure that your presence is felt. Labour inspectors sometimes become a tool of oppression, which is how farm workers think about you.

In some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, people are oppressed and suffer in a democratic country. If farm workers are still ignored, I call for a strong social movement to fight for farm workers’ rights against racial discrimination, social injustices and all sorts of exploitation that they face in the eyes of a democratically elected government.

To those in power in the labour department, now is the time for you to lay down the rules of the game. Workers who are exploited in farm areas, unite and fight against this exploitation and injustice. Unionists, do not shy away from the exploitation of the farm labour force and only entertain party politicking - do something. Aluta continua.

BONGINKOSI NDLOVU

Civil society activist

Zenzeleni Community Centre
Mpophomeni

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