‘Like Gauteng, FS will soon reject ANC’

The political sand beneath Magashule's feet is shaking and if he is not careful, he will lose control of Free State like Zuma lost Gauteng, warns Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu's national spokesperson. PHOTO: PULANE CHOANE

Free State Premier Ace Magashule, like the Gauteng, will soon lose the Free State to opposition parties, much like Gauteng did, if he continues to ignore the voice of workers and Cosatu members.

This is according to Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) national spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla.

Pamla said in Gauteng, workers complained about the e-toll issues and when the ruling government ignored them, they turned to the Democratic Alliance.

He warned that if the views of workers continue to be undermined and rejected by the ANC, they will stop voting for the ANC and look for a party that will listen to them.

“The ANC in the Free State will lose voters, especially if leadership continues to be factional and blames Cosatu for its nonsense,” he added.

Adding to his statements, Pamla said, “A few days before this event, Ace was confident that nothing would happen on 1 May but look what happened. He tried to organize a few of his friends to lobby with Zuma T-shirts but the workers rejected that nonsense.”

The spokesperson also said the recent criticism of Cosatu by ANC Free State’s Thabo Meeko is a desperate attempt to discredit the union and undermines the intelligence of the workers.

“It is funny how in 2007 when we supported Zuma, the ANC was not saying we are a lobbyist group (then) but today, because we want our workers to be heard and for Zuma to step down, we are. Now, ten years later, we are being called a lobbyist group,” Pamla added.

He also said if the ANC is not careful, Cosatu members could influence the outcome of the elective conference in 2019. “It’s still a long way to go to December, a lot still has to change, but we can tell you now, it is not going to be as easy as some people have told themselves it will be.”

Meanwhile, Free State’s secretary general, Monyatso oa Mahlatsi, said that while some of the planned activities did not happen as planned, he will ensure that members’ grievances are handed over to the relevant employing institutions.

“As you will remember, we were not able to hand over the memorandums to the organizations we had invited. We have already communicated with these organizations on the grievances made by some of our members and I will soon be following them up,” Mahlatsi said.

Events referred to herein relate to the May Day march which was organized by Cosatu nationally and held in Bloemfontein.

The event took a turn for the worst when workers refused to allow President Jacob Zuma, who was meant to address the workers who took part in the march, to take the podium.

May Day takes place annually on 1 May, which is also referred to as International Workers’ Day.

The day aims to celebrate the advances made for the rights of labourers across the board and around the world. – Pulane Choane