May Day: South African Capitalism Still Steeped In Colonial Racism


Marking May Day – the International Workers Day -, the Fighters upheld that capitalism in South Africa is still steeped in colonial racism.

To EFF, South African capitalism is saturated in colonial racism and, that has ensured that black workers are paid lower wages than their white counterparts for the same jobs.   

Adding that the colonial apartheid legacy of job reservations, cheap labour system and under-education has not been uprooted in South Africa, the party stated thus:

“Majority of black workers continue to earn salve wages without any opportunities for educational development. This is, in particular, the case with farm, mine, domestic and retail workers, including petrol attendants and security guards.”

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Likewise, EFF wailed that “many workers have been subjected to precarious contracts where they work permanently as temporal workers without benefits like medical aid and pensions.”

The party asserted that the present government is unwilling to change these conditions and has only satisfied itself with looting the public purse whilst dividing workers and destroying their trade unions with factionalism. that only benefits the career opportunities of politicians.

Warning that lack of unity among trade unions would only “benefits the career opportunities of politicians”, EFF urged workers to unite and reject all ideologies and tendencies that seek to fracture them.

“Only through workers’ unity will real wages be won across all sectors. We call on Trade Union movements to prioritise worker’s interests and not the interests and careers of politicians.

“Workers’ power must at all times be marshalled against the capitalists and all the conditions that perpetuate worker’s exploitation,” EFF counselled.

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Above all, the Fighters declared that genuine workers freedom  will only be realised in South Africa through the unapologetic implementation of their Seven Cardinal Pillars.

The cardinal pillars include nationalisation of mines, banks, the expropriation of land without compensation, free quality education and healthcare.