Look after farmworkers, miners - Zuma

2013-05-01 21:16

Kimberley - Organised labour must pay more attention to the living conditions of South African miners and farmworkers, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"We need to fight that part of the struggle together," he said at a Workers Day rally in the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley.

The rally was hosted by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Zuma said South Africa should bear in mind that mining and agriculture were the back bone of the country's economy.

He said the lives of miners lost at Marikana was a tragedy and plans to improve the conditions of workers should be accelerated.

"We have to draw lessons from Marikana, a tragedy and the untold pain it caused must not re-occur again in South Africa."

Marikana made headlines when labour turbulence at Lonmin's platinum mine culminated in a violent clash between police and striking miners on August 16 last year.

A total of 34 mineworkers were shot dead on the day and 78 were wounded. Another ten people were killed in the preceding week.

Unity is paramount

Zuma said workers should work for unity in Cosatu.

He said workers must prevent efforts to establish a "better vehicle" than the National Union of Mineworkers, Cosatu and the ANC, and guard against division in their ranks.

"Unity in Cosatu is paramount, we need a united Cosatu to promote the rights of workers."

Zuma urged the labour movement to work seriously to unite the federation and to resolve any differences.

He said unity amongst workers was their best weapon and they were also the corner stone of the tripartite alliance’s democratic forces.

  • Dave Elmore - 2013-05-01 21:27

    how far is Kimberly from Sun City,hope you didnt miss anything

      Clint Thorpe - 2013-05-02 11:27

      Why does it seem that our esteemed goat herder is always months behind what is going on. He comes out and says farm workers and miners need to be looked after. Well um...haven't we all been saying this for ages now? I feel a Marikana statement coming from him in the next few months...Mac obviously hasn't got to that news yet!

      Johann van Heerden - 2013-05-02 14:38

      Yes F$%^CK the farmers, protect the workers.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-05-01 21:38

    Ironic that the man with no backbone is pontificating about the backbone of our country.

      Mathata Fela - 2013-05-01 21:48

      "Organised labour must pay more attention"...hey ninja turtle, what about you and your government start paying attention and start doing what we the taxpayers are paying you to do. You can start with small things like stop talking nonsense in public and stop stealing our money.

      Vin Savage - 2013-05-01 22:14

      @Fela - haha! Ninja Turtle - classic..!!! :) He looks EXACTLY like one!

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-05-02 07:00

      Of course, Vin! Everybody knows his name is Zumatello!

  • John Thelps - 2013-05-01 21:42

    It is more important to look after and protect the farmers and their farms, if we don't we will become a second Zim sooner than expected.

  • Leon Schwenk - 2013-05-01 22:04

    methinks zuma is scared of losing the support of cosatu, why would he talk about a "better Vehicle" ie a different union which does more for their members

  • Lavisto Sondhlana Mavisto - 2013-05-01 22:05

    Mr President u failed to tell khulebuse that e

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-05-01 22:12

    ANC "we need a united Cosatu to promote the rights of workers" COSATU "ANC must champion workers' rights" They can't even agree who should be doing what

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-05-01 22:38

    And once I have your vote we will say the same thing in 4 years time.

  • Molapo Oa Malahlela - 2013-05-01 22:57

    In which way Mr President?

  • Daniel Van Wyk - 2013-05-01 23:27

    Farmworkers needs farms to work on, but farmers are getting killed? Is it so hard to see where you are going wrong?

  • Cecilia Van der Westhuizen - 2013-05-02 04:59

    Then the government should start to take care of the farmers aswell? Very nice Zoompie! Without the farmers farmworkers will have no jobs and we the South- Africans will have no food.

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-05-02 05:54

    You are the government you make the laws. 20 years now!!! You pass secrecy laws but you cannot legislate labour. What a load of rubbish. You are protecting yours and your cronies business interest in mines. The ANC and its supporters have lost the plot.

      Piet Boerie - 2013-05-02 05:56

      20 years of total political control and this is the best you can do. How many id1ots will buy this excuse?

  • Barney Crotchmaggot - 2013-05-02 06:21

    How about we stop the genocide of white taxpayers first, shall we, Egghead?

  • Rob Martin - 2013-05-02 08:42

    Stop the slaughter of the farmers as well, mining companies amass millions... enough said

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-05-02 08:56

    Hallo unemployment!

  • Richard Bartlett - 2013-05-02 09:05

    Yes, I think they all deserve to live in Nkandla. Are they not equal to those living there now??? After all, they are the people bringing in moola to our country - not the trash that spend and steal and waste as far as they go.

  • Kenneth Xolani - 2013-05-03 01:23

    the truth is miners and farmworkers are still the backbone of the economy.

      Phillip Fischer - 2013-05-16 13:05

      For now....mechanisation is on it's way big time in both sectors and who will be to blame for the millions who are going to lose their jobs? The farmers will be the scapegoats again, not the government who failed at their jobs.

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