Cape Town - Numsa Western Cape regional secretary Vuyo Lufele has slammed the private sector for taking jobs away from South Africans for the sake of alleged corrupt business deals.
Lufele represented the labour sector in a planned march with many other civil society organisations against corruption in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Speaking to thousands of marchers outside Parliament, Lufele questioned the tender processes of some companies in the business sector.
"On behalf of labour we want to address what’s happening in the private and public sector that’s resulting in job losses," he told the crowd.
"Corruption is the enemy and it is linked. Those in the private sector corrupt those in the public sector.
"We have a problem with tenders. We have a problem with price-fixing.
"These things make it difficult for ordinary consumers to get the best price out of the market.
"For instance, 1 064 trains were bought and given to Chinese companies (to manufacture), which meant we lost 264 jobs."
He said he had "lots of examples" he could quote but are restricted by time. "But we will be back in October to fight for the jobs of the people of South Africa," he said.
March against corruption
Thousands of protesters joined Numsa under the banner ‘United Against Corruption’, with marches also held in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.
Groups joining the march in Cape Town included Right2Know, Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Training (Sweat), the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the newly-formed Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers of South Africa (Demawusa).
A Cape chamber representative endorsed support for the movement’s demands, claiming that corruption in the private sector not only “erodes the economy, but erodes our souls”.Another anti-corruption march to Parliament is planned for October 14, where the movement hopes to hand over a list of demands regarding corruption legislation in business, among other things.