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South Africa: Angry Workers Force Ramaphosa To Abandon May Day Rally

South Africa: Angry Workers Force Ramaphosa To Abandon May Day Rally

President Cyril Ramaphosa was Sunday forced to abandon the national May Day rally, organised by Cosatu in Rustenburg, after angry Sibanye-Stillwater workers disrupted the proceedings and refused to allow him to speak.

Police were forced to intervene while the statesman’s bodyguard quickly ushered him out of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium where the event was meant to take place.   The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) – the two biggest mine unions in South Africa – have demanded a pay increase of R1 000 per month over the next three years, similar to the amount Sibanye’s rival Harmony Gold agreed to pay its workers last year.

Sibanye’s chief executive Neal Froneman said the company would not be revising its final offer, as it could not sustain higher wage increases.

The workers have been on strike for the past few weeks and brought their demands to the Workers’ Day rally, where Ramaphosa was supposed to address them.

The May Day rally is an important event in the Tripartite Alliance calendar.

President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Zingiswa Losi attempted to address the disruptive workers, calling for them to remain calm to give the ANC President a chance to address them.

When the angry workers refused to yield, Ramaphosa himself walked into the stadium grounds to address them. Ramaphosa told the workers:

You want your R1 000, I understand that… We have heard that message and we will be dealing with that matter. 

In an effort to pacify them, he promised to speak to those in power regarding their demands.

But tensions rose further and Ramaphosa was ushered out of the stadium.

A Cosatu member then took the microphone and called for workers to remain calm saying “We don’t want anyone to go to hospital today.” 

More: IOL By (kailene.pillay@inl.co.za)

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8 Comments

. 9 months ago

Dai muri muno vamwe vakarohwa soo,,, kana kutourawa nepfuti


The King of Serpents 9 months ago

Taura hako iwe kkkkkk

Chapwititi Kestombela 9 months ago

Had it been in Zimbabwe, anti riot police could have fired teargas into the crowds 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. They don't even know any crowd management tactic at all. That's the very reason why they mogage the countries mineral resources wily nilly and even enact **** statutory instruments to shield their dirty deals. Trafigura being paid in nickel and gold 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. This time rinotozara chete 🍺


😊 9 months ago

Haaa rinototi rizare wangu kkkk

VYBZ KARTEL 9 months ago

you should have given them a whooping they lack discipline


MineWorker 9 months ago

Some old politicians are destroying once beautiful countries


VYBZ KARTEL 9 months ago

yokuswela imvubu lokhu. if this was Zim ngabe njee sibanembile


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Machiavelli 9 months ago

I may be speaking out of turn, but the signs are all there for us to see. These liberation parties in (Southern) Africa are facing headwinds. Malawi and Zambia have ditched them. In Mozambique, FRELIMO is tottering on the brink of change. Kenya is likely to follow suit in August.

Zimbabwe, it's all systems go (barring the rigging spectre). Slowly ANC has been losing ground. And now one leg of the Tripartite (COSATU) has turned against ANC. 2 legs left (ANC & PAC). The PAC has been upstaged by EFF, and has very little grassroots support anymore.

We are living in interesting times. Can't wait to see the backs of these "We liberated You" advocats. Tidzorerei pamakatisinungura muone kuti hatigone kuzvisunungura here.



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