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irvinjimIndependent Media reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday it was not celebrating Freedom Day because there was very little for the working-class majority of the country to celebrate.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said in a statement that 27 April in 1994 was a historical moment for the people as millions queued for the very first time to make their mark in the country’s first democratic elections. “We had so much hope. We believed that by making a simple mark on the ballot sheet, centuries of colonial subjugation and suffering would be brought to an end. We believed that democracy would mean equality and freedom for us and for our children. Unfortunately, history has shown how wrong we were,” Jim commented. In his view, 27 years into democracy SA’s African majority remained enslaved by the bondage of poverty, unemployment and crippling inequality. Jim also noted that the situation has been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, which had left 1.4 million jobless and more job losses expected because state-owned entities were restructuring. He took a swipe at the ANC saying it has been a dismal failure in addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality: “The ANC has betrayed its historic mission in order to pander to the demands of Neo-liberal factions of capital. Treasury is leading the attack against the working class by implementing an austerity budget with drastic cost-cutting measures which are directly targeting ordinary working-class families.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mayibongwe Maqhina at Independent Media


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