27 | 06 | 2019

South Africa held general elections on May 6-8.  Although there had been some discussion previously of the South African Communist  Party (SACP) running its own separate candidates, in the end the communists pushed for support for the African National Congress’ incumbent president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and for ANC candidates at other levels.  Preliminary results indicate that the ANC has once more won a majority in parliament and Ramaphosa has been reelected—in both cases, with somewhat reduced margins.

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, attended on Monday an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) of the Republic of South Africa, chaired by Vuma Glenton Mashinini, to accompany the national and Provincials elections of that nation scheduled for this Wednesday, May 8.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 97 million members in 130 countries of the 5 continents, would like to extend its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during heavy rains and floods in the eastern coast of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa earlier this week.

We know that in situations like this it is always the poor and the working class that are mostly affected by such unfortunate events. The WFTU expresses its sadness and sorrow with the working class and people of South Africa who now find themselves displaced, without food, clothes and shelter.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 95 million members in 130 countries all over the globe, extends its internationalist solidarity with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union,  “NEHAWU” of South Africa, and firmly supports their strike and mobilizations that begin on October 10th, 2018, in all South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) workplaces across the country.

unoMadame President of the Session of UN General Assembly, Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa,
Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres,
Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Heads of Delegation,
Ladles and Gentleman,

I have the honour to address this august body, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as President of the Republic of South Africa. It Is nearly a quarter of a century since the founding father of our democracy, President Nelson Rollhlahia Mandela stood at this podium to declare that: "The millions across our globe who stand expectant at the gates of hope look to this organisation [the United Nations], to bring them peace, to bring them life, to bring them a life worth living."

The 13th COSATU National Congress continues its works for the third day with fruitful exchanges among the COSATU affiliates. The WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, addressed the Congress, and welcomed COSATU home, at a historical moment for the South African and the world militant trade Union movement, when COSATU decided for full membership with WFTU.

Speech of WFTU GS:

Dear friends and comrades, brothers and sisters,

Revolutionary salute from the five continents.
I am conveying to you here the solidarity and internationalism of the big class-oriented family of WFTU. On the behalf of our 100 million members, we are expressing to you our respect, estimation and comradeship.

The South African CP claims to advance to a second radical phase of national democratic revolution to overcome unemployment and inequality.

South African Communist Party (SACP) Central Committee (CC) issued a statement on 19 August 2018 concerning the key challenges of the current revolution. The statement was based on the Political Report to the CC by general secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande, identifying these challenges as being two-fold:

- The imperative of advancing a second radical phase of the national democratic revolution as the only way to break out of the vicious cycle of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality and poor economic growth; and

- An absolutely necessary condition for this, the DEFENCE of our constitutional democracy, our progressive advances, and our broad movement, in the face of a desperate fight-back campaign by the parasitic looters within and beyond our movement.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its solid support and full solidarity to the workers of National Chicks in Kwa-Zulu Natal, in their fair struggle and demands.

The workers have gone on strike since 8th of August 2018, demanding a wage increase of 10 %, 13th cheque and productivity bonus.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, strongly condemns the insulting wage offers by the gold producers in South Africa.

Only one day after the “proposal” of the employers, more than 600 miners were rescued after an underground fire at Gold One’s Modder East operations in Springs, east of Johannesburg. This “accident” took place hardly two weeks after six workers horribly died when a fire broke out underground at a Palabora Mining Company mineshaft in Limpopo.

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