What was Cosatu's big hullabaloo? - analysts

2017-09-27 20:08
Marchers flooding the streets of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. (Nation Nyoka, News24)

Marchers flooding the streets of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. (Nation Nyoka, News24)

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2017-09-27 12:29

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Johannesburg – Cosatu’s countrywide mass march will have very little impact on President Jacob Zuma’s political fortunes, say analysts who have dismissed the mass action as "nothing new".

Some 13 000 people participated in the march in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town and scores more added their voice to the protests in several other marches.

Streets around the country were painted red as protesters made their way to various state-owned institutions and financial institutions to hand over their memorandum.

WATCH: Cosatu marches countrywide to protest Zuma

Their call? For Zuma to step down.

But says political analyst Ralph Mathekga, Cosatu's calls had all been heard before.

"It is a well-known position within the tripartite alliance that they do have a problem with Zuma, so I don’t think that there was an expectation that this march will bring about [an] outright reaction in the form of [Zuma's resignation]."

Mathekga said it was well-known that the president of Cosatu, Sdumo Dlamini’s hands had been twisted on the matter.

"He is a Zuma person and has been his supporter for quite a while now, but his survival in Cosatu depended on him having to listen to the increasingly dominating group within Cosatu."

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He said the main problem in South Africa in terms of the marches, was that most people shared the same goal of removing Zuma, but they all had different reasons.

Fellow political analyst Ebrahim Fakir, agreed with Mathekga, adding that he thought very little about the impact of the march.

"I am just wondering what is the big fuss about the march? They have been very open, they have said they want Jacob Zuma to resign. They have also said they are supporting Cyril Ramaphosa. So what was the big hullabaloo?

"Cosatu has marched so many times. They marched in the lead-up to Polokwane, ahead of the rape trial and they marched when they did not like ... [Thabo] Mbeki."

Where is the NPA?

Meanwhile, in Durban, Dlamini said called on Zuma to take the necessary steps to institute a judicial inquiry to investigate state capture.

Dlamini said Ramaphosa should be given a chance to lead the ANC.

"People are asking us why we have chosen one leader when there are seven others contesting for the position and we are saying, we have made our choice. We want him to assist us to fight labour brokers. He must lead and make sure that corruption in South Africa is dealt with."

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In Johannesburg, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande used the platform to question why state institutions such as the National Prosecuting Authority had not acted against corruption and reports about the controversial Gupta family.

He asked, "Why are you sitting back and not acting against this broad daylight looting of the state and criminal activity? Where is the NPA? Why is it not acting?"

Nzimande also urged workers to take an interest in what was happening with government pension funds.

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Johannesburg premier David Makhura told protesters that he had not been captured.

"The Gauteng province is not captured. It is not that they are not trying or have not tried, we refused to be captured. We refused to use public resources…"

In Cape Town, Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich claimed that Zuma and former DA leader Helen Zille were the same, alleging that both had received money from the Guptas.

In Limpopo, premier Stan Mathabatha told protesters that corruption should not be allowed to reign.

*Additional reporting by Iavan Pijoos, Nation Nyoka, Kaveel Singh, Jenna Etheridge and Chester Makana.

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