Cosatu and SACP’s grievances legitimate, say analysts

The Citizen writes that nationwide marches on Wednesday by labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist Party (SACP) were about genuine issues that affected the whole country, Ebrahim Fakir of the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute said. Fakir said the majority of South Africans were impacted by corruption, state capture, job losses and underperformance by the country’s economy under Zuma.

“It is easy to say that the marches were not about substantive issues, but no one must underestimate the impact of state capture. The call for Zuma to step down is appropriate and Cosatu is entitled to voice out how they feel about him,” Fakir said. Many employers released their workers to participate in the protests showed their support for the action.  The labour agenda was said no longer to be only about wages and jobs, but had become highly politicised.

by Eric Naki