2020 Statements

August 16, 2021

WILL VICTIMS OF MARIKANA EVER GET JUSTICE UNDER THE ANC GOVERNMENT?

On 16 August 2012, striking mineworkers at Lonmin in Marikana were mowed down in a bloody massacre, leaving 34 miners dead and about 78 injured. This […]
August 16, 2021

A SHAMEFUL PRESIDENTIAL PERFORMANCE THAT FOREVER STAINS CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S INTEGRITY

Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he […]
August 10, 2021

THE 1956 WOMEN’S ANTI-PASS MARCH AND THE HISTORICAL CONTINUITIES OF WOMEN STRUGGLES IN THE POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

On 09 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the union building seeking audience with the racist minority regime. The revolutionary women left bundles of […]
August 6, 2021

DEADWOOD: MINISTERS OR POLICIES, OR BOTH? SAFTU’s SUGGESTED EDITS FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON THE 5 AUGUST 2021 CABINET RESHUFFLE: WHAT RAMAPHOSA SHOULD HAVE TOLD THE NATION

Dear South Africans Our country is going through tremendous challenges as a result of both the apartheid inheritance and then three decades of adherence to neoliberalism […]
August 3, 2021

IS PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S WAR ON CORRUPTION REAL, FACTIONAL OR BOTH?

In the Special Investigation Unit report submitted to President Cyril Ramaphosa, it is evident that Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is deeply entangled in the corruption […]
July 16, 2021

SAFTU ON ONGOING LOOTING OF SHOPPING CENTRES, RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS

The South African Federations of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has noted the form and character of the ongoing looting of shops, retailers, wholesales and cargo containers. Having […]
July 10, 2021

SAFTU condemns soaring school dropout rate, and state failure to give youth a decent life chance!

The South African Federations of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is gravely worried by the overwhelming number of learners who have dropped out of school since the start […]
July 8, 2021

SAFTU AFFILIATED UNIONS REJECT THE GOVERNMENT’S FINAL WAGE OFFER AND URGES ALL UNIONS TO DO THE SAME!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) totally rejects the insulting wage offer, that is presented as final, which government hopes some or all unions […]
July 6, 2021

SAFTU CONDEMNS THE ABUSE OF JOURNALISTS BY FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA’S SUPPORTERS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) are concerned by reports of abuse of journalists in Nkandla, where former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters have gathered […]
July 6, 2021

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA MUST FIRE THE MINISTER ON LEAVE, DR ZWELI MKHIZE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire the Health Minister who was put on special leave after obvious […]
July 6, 2021

SAFTU SUPPORT DEMANDS BY ESWATINI MASS DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) salute the relentless courage and determination of ordinary Swazi people, fighting to the death for the democratic transformation […]
July 2, 2021

SAFTU REMAINS FURIOUS ABOUT PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S CR17 CAMPAIGN – AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT SIDING WITH DONOR STATE-CAPTURE

WE NEED TO KNOW WHO BOUGHT OUR STATE LEADERS, AND WHAT THEY GOT IN RETURN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE FAITH TO OUR ELECTORAL […]
July 1, 2021

SAFTU SUPPORTS THE PRO-DEMOCRATIC PROTESTS OF ESWATINI

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) fully support the ongoing protests by the people of Eswatini who are demanding an end to King Mswati […]
June 29, 2021

NO ONE, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED FOR OUR 1994 BREAKTHROUGH, IS ABOVE THE LAW

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has noted that the Constitutional Court sentenced the former president, Cde Jacob Zuma, to fifteen (15) months after […]
June 29, 2021

HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND LOW EARNINGS TO EMPLOYEES

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the first quarter of 2021. The QES continues to prove capitalism’s […]
June 28, 2021

GOVERNMENT MUST PROTECT JOBS DURING LEVEL FOUR RESTRICTIONS

With necessary state-imposed lockdown, where’s yet-more-necessary relief? While SAFTU welcomes the decision of the national government to institute higher restriction levels to curb the current third […]
June 18, 2021

BHEKI CELE’S MALEFICENT INTERFERENCE IN SAPS – SAFTU SUPPORTS SAPU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) supports the grievances raised by its affiliate, the South African Policing Union (SAPU). The critical issue raised by […]
June 15, 2021

BLOOD-FORGED FRUITS OF FREEDOM ONLY FOR THE ELITE –THE WORKING CLASS YOUTH CONTINUES TO SUFFER

The South African Federations of Trade Unions (SAFTU) remembers the struggle for freedom and democracy by the militant youth of the 1970s. These martyrs, had their […]
June 11, 2021

Power cuts are unacceptable, but President Ramaphosa’s privatised strategy will only displace, not solve, the crisis

Decorporatise Eskom for public-utility transformation and a Just Transition   SAFTU and the whole society need to change the prevailing power relations, starting with electricity supply. […]
June 8, 2021

GDP growth stats hide why South Africa’s capitalist economy fails us all

Fake news today from StatsSA is that the first-quarter Gross Domestic Product recovery is recovering at a healthy 4.6% annualised growth rate. For those in Treasury […]
June 8, 2021

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO BUNGLE VACCINE ROLL OUT

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the continued lack of progress in the vaccine roll-out. When SAFTU issued our statement two weeks ago, […]
June 1, 2021

SAFTU Dismayed by worsening unemployment

In the past, we have highlighted the limitations of Statistics South Africa in relation to GDP and economic growth calculations and the methodologies they use to […]
May 28, 2021

STUDENT ALLEGEDLY DIES OF HUNGER – NEOLIBERAL POLICIES ARE RESPONSIBLE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is saddened by the passing of Ethekwini TVET student, Yonwaba Manyanya, allegedly, due to hunger. Media reports have […]
May 25, 2021

SAFTU SALUTES THE LABOUR AND SOCIAL ACTIVISTS OF OUR CONTINENT ON AFRICA DAY, 25 MAY

At the South African Federation of Trade Unions, we are workers inspired by the commitment, “An injury to one is an injury to all!” With that […]
May 25, 2021

GOVERNMENT WON’T KEEP ITS HERD IMMUNITY PROMISE THIS YEAR

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is worried about the snail-paced vaccine roll-out. Government will not meet the target in the roll-out plan, to […]
May 24, 2021

SAFTU SUPPORTS ESKOM WORKERS CURRENTLY BARGAINING FOR WAGE INCREASE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the wage talks at Eskom, in which NUMSA is negotiating alongside NUM, and supports the workers’ demand […]
May 13, 2021

SAFTU UNCONDITIONALLY SUPPORTS ARRESTED LEADERS OF ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) pledges Solidarity to and support the leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo who are arrested on trumped charges relating to […]
May 13, 2021

SAFTU SALUTES NURSES ON INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

In history, healthcare has been the most important factor in mitigating against untimely deaths, whether due to war, accidents, or illnesses. Now, capitalism’s new “zoonotic” pandemic […]
May 13, 2021

SAFTU IN SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) condemns the continued attacks on the people of Palestine by the Israel apartheid forces. The residents of the […]
May 7, 2021

SAFTU SUPPORTS DEMAWUSA STRIKE AT METROBUS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) supports the striking Johannesburg Metrobus workers belonging to one of our affiliates, the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers […]