Cosatu National strike

[FILE] Image via Twitter: @COSATU Today

Massive COSATU strike to hit Cape Town streets despite Winde’s ‘misguided’ jibe

COSATU said it received permission for the protected strike and will go ahead on Thursday. The Federation wants both the DA and ANC governments to put an end to gang violence.

Cosatu National strike

[FILE] Image via Twitter: @COSATU Today

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) said it will press ahead with its strike against crime and the rising cost of living in Cape Town on Thursday, 4 August. The Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, criticised the planned protest and referred to it as “misguided” and “counter-productive,” in a statement on Tuesday.



COSATU’s Western Cape Secretary, Malvern De Bruyn, told Voice of the Cape News that support for the protected strike has been received from at least 15 unions.

The Federation applied for 3000 members to take part in a strike that is expected to start at 9:30. Members will make three stops – at the Western Cape legislature, Parliament and the City of Cape Town’s offices.

The Federation’s strike in Limpopo against the “electricity crisis and high cost of living” was expected to take place on Friday, 5 August. However, it has been postponed and a new date is yet to be set.

In Cape Town, a memorandum of demands will be handed to all three spheres of government, including the City’s law enforcement, Winde himself and the national police minister, Bheki Cele.

In July, when COSATU announced the strike, violence in the province and the rising cost of fuel across South Africa were cited as reasons.

“We plan to bring the economy to a standstill so that the government can see how angry workers are,” said Malvern, at a media briefing.

The Federation said it wants both the ANC and DA governments to end gang violence, conduct regular police patrols in industrial areas, improve railway safety and allow communities to evaluate their police stations, per GroundUp

In Tuesday’s statement, Winde said Western Cape residents are all sick and tired of crime and living in fear. However, he added that staging a protest was not the way to address these concerns.

“This action, however, is counter-productive as it will likely prevent hard-working citizens from getting to work on the day and will most certainly scupper the earnings of those taking part,” said the Premier.

Winde invited COSATU to discuss taking their grievances to the national government as he claims the Western Cape is already doing what it can to address their concerns while it pushes for the devolution of the police service to a more local level.

De Bruyn told VOC News that previous attempts at collaborations between the Federation and Democratic Alliance-led province have fallen flat.

“We can put it on record that COSATU, on more than one occasion, invited the Premier to meet, to discuss issues that affect the working class and the people of the Western Cape, the poorest of the poor.

Up until today, they have failed to meet with COSATU. It’s quite hypocritical of the DA before the march on Thursday, to come out with a statement,” he said.