If ever there were a time when the South African masses, working or not; white, black or in-between could rise up in support of COSATU, then now would be that time. After what has been somewhat of a rough couple of weeks for the trade union federation and its leader Zwelinzima Vavi, it seems that his organisation now holds the last hope for Gauteng citizens.
This week, the Constitutional Court overturned a previous high court interdict to halt the controversial SANRAL e-tolls project. The reason given by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke was that the high court had not considered the separation of powers between the executive and the court.
In lay terms for those of you who don’t speak legalese, this means “you idiots voted them into power, so don’t expect the courts to help you now (unless you can actually prove corruption or fraud was in play… and best of luck with that!)”
Now, let’s turn to COSATU and the South African business community woes. The Lonmin Marikana wage settlement sets an interesting new precedent. Regardless of any wage agreements brokered by what could be very loosely considered to be organised labour, workers can go off independently, hold a wildcat strike and successfully pressure their company into paying them above-inflation salary increases. Wow, power to the workers and all that.
Besides the obvious implication that COSATU is pretty limp and useless at its job, it also means that any bright spark in other labour intensive industries can go ahead and try to achieve the same result. If you were looking for a great business opportunity, now would be an ideal time to be manufacturing picket signage, how to toyi-toyi manuals and bad spelling dictionaries. Of course, the traditional weapon and bulletproof vest business will probably take off too.
Being ever-optimistic however, Wonkie hopes that COSATU’s setback in their core function will fire them up even more in their inevitable revolt against the Gauteng e-tolls. Believe it or not, as things stand COSATU really is the last hope to make the ANC government reconsider its stupid decision. So for now, it’s Viva Vavi unless the passive aggressive South African public get off their behinds and start vocally protesting where it counts – i.e. not just to Jannie, Sipho and Elmarie next to the office watercooler.
For the less optimistic amongst you, Wonkie suggests you rush to read the earlier 10 reasons to be happy about Gauteng toll charges post!
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