Everybody has been sold a long time ago to the highest bidder, nobody in South Africa is free, says Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa.
Speaking outside the Sasol offices in Rosebank‚ Johannesburg, earlier this week, Mathunjwa lamented that workers in the country have nothing to boast of, despite their sacrifice and commitment towards the development of the country.
The president was addressing Amcu workers, who embarked on a strike over salary increment. Amcu workers are currently on strike at Sasol, demanding a minimum wage of R12‚500.
Notably, this same demand was what led to the Marikana massacre in 2012. The Marikana massacre saw 44 people killed, 41 of them, who were mineworkers, were murdered by police.
Moving forward, the Amcu leader expressed deep concern over government’s silence on the plight of workers. He lamented that the Zuma-led government has failed to address the oppression and exploitation of workers.
Mathunjwa has been of the vocal voices agitating for the government to nationalise a portion of the mines in order to address the inequalities in South Africa. He is one man that believes that change can only take place when a radical disruption of capital needs are tackled.
In a recent business meeting, the Amcu leader asserted that the extraction of mineral resources with no benefit to the country must be addressed. He added that transformation in terms of the economic policies is what South African needs from the present government.
“There must be a portion that the government nationalises and a certain percentage privatised….”
In August, outspoken Joseph Mathunjwa called on the government to move workers Day from May 1 to August 16, at least, in memory of the mineworkers who died during Marikana massacre.
He alleged that the Marikana massacre was a result of the “alliance between the ANC, South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions”, adding that the government must extensively compensate families of the victims.