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COSATU Northern Cape statement on the State of Readiness for the National Strike

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape will join thousands of workers throughout the country in the massive strike against state capture and corruption that lead to massive job losses both in the public and the private sector. We expect all members of the COSATU affiliated Trade Unions to embark on a total withdrawal of Labour and join the Provincial march in Kimberley and the picketing in De Aar, Kuruman, Upington, Springbok and Calvinia.

We can confirm that it is all systems go for the Provincial march and all affiliates are ready to take the battle against corruption and state capture head on without any fear. High levels of corruption and the negative influence of business people on some government officials and public representatives is not only happening at a national level, it is prevalent also in the Provincial and local government and our province is not spared of that said reality.

In our memorandum we will highlight a number of incidents that have happened and continue to happen in the Northern Cape where there are instances of corruption both in government and in business. Our strike seeks to condemn the looting of state resources that are meant to provide services to the working and the poor as well as creation of decent work. We have made a call to that alliance partners as well as civil society organizations to join us in this noble cause.

We will deliver our memoranda to government, business and law enforcement agencies to call for stern action against those found guilty of these heinous acts. Our call is not only directed to the workers but we call on the unemployed people and the poor who are not getting services as a result of corruption to join us in this battle.

The details of the march in Kimberley are as follows:

We will gather at the Open Air Arena at 08:30 on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 and march via the Kemp Hotel to the Premier's Office where we will deliver the memorandum to the Provincial Government, business, SALGA and the SAPS. We expect about 1 500 people to join the march and wish to call on the workers not to stay away but join the march on that day.

For more information please contact the Provincial Secretary, Anele Gxoyiya @ 0828291961