It’s unfair not to explain fees protest - Cosatu leader to guests at international union congress

2016-10-05 18:31
Sidumo Dlamini (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Sidumo Dlamini (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Durban – While President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday failed to mention the national fees crisis at the World Trade Union Congress, Cosatu leader Sidumo Dlamini was more forthcoming with the matter.

Addressing over 1 200 delegates at the Durban International Convention Centre, Dlamini said the crisis had to be mentioned.

"It will be unfair not to explain to our guests. You are seeing riots. People [are] toyi-toying. Our young people have taken a decision to live the truth from the Freedom Charter for education."

Dlamini went on to say the union supported the protests but condemned violence and damage to property.

He added that the union believed the government was willing to help resolve the education crisis.

"There are interventions from government which Cosatu supports," he said.

Mineral wealth

Dlamini added that SA was rich in mineral resources and people with warm, loving hearts. He however cautioned delegates that not all South African's enjoyed the country's wealth.

"Be aware, while we are rich, the working class and poor do not enjoy the mineral wealth. It is a struggle we pursue forward. We are constantly trying to ensure the imbalances of the past are rectified."

Dlamini went on to criticise Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson who he said earned R100m annually, including bonuses, while Shoprite staff earned 149 times less than him.

President Jacob Zuma, who also spoke at the event, stayed tight-lipped on the fees crisis.

Instead Zuma's only mention of education was when he briefly touched on a joint African Union and United Nations panel which estimated that "illicit flows" out of Africa could amount to $50bn.

"Illicit financial flows deprive developing countries of much needed economic resources to uplift their economies and people. We also lose money that we could be using to develop infrastructure and provide basic services like education and healthcare," he said.

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