May Day disruptions ‘regrettable
Rustenburg – Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) described the disruptions which occurred while President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing a May Day rally in Rustenburg on 1 May as regrettable.
However, COSATU national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said workers, who prevented the president from addressing them at the rally while calling for improved wages, have a right to express their dissatisfaction.
President Ramaphosa had to be whisked away by his security details after Sibanye-Stillwater workers attending the rally at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium booed him while he was at the podium.
Said Pamla: “The federation has noted the regrettable disruptions that happened in our main rally at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg in the North-West Province. This was, without a doubt, a regrettable and an unacceptable incident that prevented our invited alliance guests from addressing the rally.”
Meanwhile workers at Sibanye-Stillwater, who downed tools almost three months ago while demanding a R1,000 increase, have vowed to intensify their strike. Sibanye is offering the workers R850 and a stalemate in negotiations has resulted in a continuation of the protests.
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