President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to what transpired at a rally held by Union members in Rustenburg on Monday.
Visuals reveal what can be seen as workers instructing him to leave while others booed him off the stage.
Cosatu members have chased President Cyril Ramaphosa away at the #WorkersDay . The president was expected to address the gathering but ended up leaving #CosatuNationalWorkersDay #WorkersDay #Newsnote @MphoManyaapelo pic.twitter.com/dt5pXL33GD
— Newsnote (@NewsnoteNetwork) May 1, 2022
Ramaphosa took to his weekly newsletter to reflect on what transpired, emphasizing that the government understands the working conditions and aims to improve them.
“The challenges that workers face this worker’s day are many and the hardships they endure are great. The road ahead will be difficult and there is much to do.
“That is why we need to rebuild trust and confidence, and why we need to forge a social compact that not only has the support of workers but also delivers meaningful benefits to them.“
“The workers have spoken. We must listen. And, together, we must act,” The president wrote.
On the other hand, the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema announced on Sunday that his party will be forming its labour union.
He explained this during his ‘May Day rally’ in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, that the party labour desk was often challenged when it intervened with employers, as it was not a labour union.
“We are preparing to do a union, and not Mickey Mouse union, who is in cahoots and in bed with the employer.”
Malema promised that the labour union will work adequately for workers not become a sell-out.
According to the leader, the South African unions have been taking sides of employees, adding that this created a vacuum for the workers, which the EFF intends to fill.
“That union will never sell out, that union will always be on the side of the workers,” Malema said.
He also added that “we do not care of the inventors, we do not care about who owns the mine”
Malema advised his fellow followers not to be friends of the mining companies, as “EFF must always be on the side of workers.”
The party is yet to announce when the union will be launched.