DA and Busa’s duet of public lies

2012-03-17 09:35

The recent Cosatu-led mass assault against the twin phenomena of labour broking and e-tolling has exposed not only the country’s entrenched societal inequalities, but how these inequalities are represented by opposing political formations in the country.

In the past, the DA has managed to hide its anti-poor tendencies behind the cover of equal opportunities for all, but on Wednesday this cover was blown away, exposing the real face of the DA.

The DA chose to side with white monopoly capital against the choral voices of the working class and
the poor.

Through its leader, Helen Zille, the DA announced it would be supporting the protest action against e-tolling and that the organisation would not support the workers’ demand for a total ban on labour brokers.

Simply put, the DA was only prepared to organise and march against a government initiative and not against private capital, which is mostly concentrated in the hands of few white men.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know why the DA supports the scraping of ­e-tolling. It is because, unlike the ban on labour brokers, e-tolling affects the DA’s largest constituency, white capital, the serial users of our freeways.

Switching to a self-defence mode – and this in a desperate attempt to fool the public – Zille echoed that the total ban on labour brokering would result in unmitigated harm to the economy and subsequently result in massive job losses.

Despite the fact that the DA’s assertions could not be supported by any scientific evidence, these sentiments were repeated by the leadership of business, represented by Business Unity South Africa (Busa).

Both the DA and Busa scrambled for a public platform to perform the loudest duet of public lies, throwing scare tactics at workers.

The fact is that labour brokers do not create jobs; they simply occupy and privatise existing job spaces. They reduce potentially decent jobs to dehumanising ventures of slavery.

The system of labour broking is simply inhuman and goes against our labour law dispensation.

Those, like the DA, who support labour broking have little regard for workers’ organisational rights and job security, and are driven only by profit and greed.

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