Violent strikes a symptom of the triple crisis in SA

2012-09-29 10:54

Mabake wa-Masweneng

The wave of violent strikes that has engulfed the country of late is a clear indication of a much deeper class discontent of the working masses.

These strikes are not ­accidental, but are the direct ­result of the current crisis of the ever-troubled global capitalist system and the lack of political will by the ANC-led government to drive radical economic ­programmes that will seek to transform the lives of the people.

The ordinary masses continue to endure the triple crisis of ­poverty, unemployment and ­inequality that continuously ­ravages our society, with political elites and trade union aristocrats from Cosatu taking advantage of workers’ systemic plight to ­pursue their political ambitions.

Workers are gradually becoming disillusioned by this kind of “political phantom”. This is why any strikes lately are led by the ordinary workers themselves ­instead of the unions.

The current and ruling ANC-led ­government has failed ­workers on many fronts: failing to ban ­labour brokers and ­refusing to crack down on corrupt politicians and their pals.

All these issues make workers resort to violent means to achieve their demands, which is a ­worrying factor.

In response to these strikes, the government is hellbent on ­using state organs, such as the police or courts, to crack down on these striking workers, even if it means killing under the guise of economic stability. Such acts are in the interest of the ruling class not workers.

The current truck drivers’ strike is just one of the violent strikes that followed the recent Marikana massacre. It all symbolises deeper class issues and a disgruntled workforce.

These violent strikes across the country will ­continue to take place unless the government ­implements drastic economic programmes in strategic sectors of the economy, such as mining, in order to address the triple ­crisis faced by the majority of people in South Africa.

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