ANCYL backs Cosatu march
The ANC Youth League supports Wednesday’s Cosatu marches.
At a press conference today to announce the ANCYL’s special NEC decision on Julius Malema, league deputy president Ronald Lamola said it would support the marches “because of the call for the banning of labour brokers in our 24th National Congress”.
The protest action was announced in January and is aimed against labour brokering and the casualisation of labour as well as the e-tolling system on Gauteng roads.
Cosatu reportedly said it was receiving “overwhelming support” for the 32 marches it plans for that day.
Meanwhile the ANC in Gauteng will not be joining the marches on Wednesday despite expressing concern over the social and economic impact of the e-tolling scheme on Gauteng residents.
The ANC’s provincial head of communications, Nkenke Kekana, said: “Why would the ANC be joining the strike? It’s a Cosatu strike – the youth league is not the ANC.”
Organisations that have pledged support for the strike include Black Sash, the Treatment Action Campaign and People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty and various community organisations.
The two major marches will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with other marches to be held in most major cities around the country.
The DA in the Western Cape has declined to participate in the protest action, saying it had decided “to go the court route” instead.
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