May Day debacle leaves many disappointed

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In an unprecedented move, after several failed attempts by provincial leaders to calm the crowd, Cosatu announced an end to the event with no speeches delivered or handing over of worker's grievances in memorandums. Credit: Pulane Choane

Cancelling rallies and marches derails progression in ensuring that the livelihood of workers is improved. This is according to the Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mathabo Leeto.

Leeto says there should be an urgent meeting of the National Executive Committee of the various alliances to address the underlying issues that cause divisions. She says events that unfolded at the International Workers’ Day on Monday afternoon,  when Cosatu aborted its May Day march in Bloemfontein, after President Jacob Zuma was prevented from delivering his keynote address, hinders progression in the lives of workers.

She says this is a call to all government leaders and federation leaders to take responsibility for the divisions that exist and urgently address underlying issues that led to certain groups of their members disrupting the march.

Katleho Morapela- Courant News