2018 Statements

February 17, 2018

SAFTU Statement in response to the State of the Nation Address

Firstly, SAFTU congratulates the newly elected President of the Republic, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa. We wish him well as he ascends to the highest office in […]
February 15, 2018

SAFTU welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s resignation

The South African Federation of Trade unions warmly welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. This is long overdue! Zuma betrayed the working class of this country. He […]
February 14, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Hawks’ arrests

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the Hawks’ raid on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg this morning, the arrest of Ajay Gupta, and […]
February 13, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Zuma’s recall

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the long overdue recall of Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, though condemns the ANC leadership’s continuing […]
February 12, 2018

SAFTU demands arrest of Marikana massacre organisers

The South African Federation has noted the shocking testimony given to City Press (11 February 2018) by police officers who were among those at Marikana on […]
February 10, 2018

SAFTU condemns Public Protector’s report on Vrede Farm

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the report released by Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which purports to be an investigation into “Allegations of […]
February 9, 2018

SAFTU pays tribute to Comrade June Dube

It is with great sorrow that the South African Federation of Trade Unions has learned of the passing away of June Dube, the President of the […]
February 8, 2018

SAFTU and #OutSourcingMustFall movement celebrate victory in Johannesburg

The South African Federation of Trade Unions warmly welcomes the announcement by Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba that the jobs of 4 000 security workers are […]
February 6, 2018

SAFTU condemns PIC loan to Eskom

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the decision of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to give Eskom a loan of R5 billion to […]
January 31, 2018

SAFTU deplores brutal attack on Springs farm worker

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled and outraged by the allegations made against an Ekurhuleni employer and his family of horrific acts inflicted […]
January 26, 2018

SAFTU claims victory as NPA and Hawks finally crack down on corruption

The South African Federation of Trade Unions warmly welcomes this morning’s  search and seizure operations by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks) relating to […]
January 26, 2018

SAFTU broadly welcomes Commission of Inquiry’s term of reference but urges them to look at all state capturers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions broadly welcomes the terms of reference which will guide the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture and corruption. […]
January 23, 2018

SAFTU pays tribute to Hugh Masekela

The South African Federation of Trade Unions joins all South Africans, and millions of others around the world, in mourning the passing of the legendary Bra […]
January 23, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Singh’s resignation from Eskom

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the resignation of Eskom’s chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, and calls on the utility’s Head of Generation, Matshela […]
January 21, 2018

SAFTU welcomes appointment of new Eskom Board

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the removal of Eskom’s old Board of Directors and the appointment of a new Board headed by Telkom […]
January 21, 2018

SAFTU welcomes AFU’s action to recover “proceeds of crime”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the preservation order granted by the Free State high court in Bloemfontein against the Gupta-linked Estina business. Judge […]
January 16, 2018

SAFTU shocked at zama zama deaths

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at the news that the decomposing bodies of seven suspected ‘illegal’ miners have been recovered near a […]
January 15, 2018

SAFTU in solidarity with NUPSAW strikers at DisChem

The South African Federation of Trade Unions backs its affiliate, the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers [NUPSAW], which is preparing for a strike […]
January 15, 2018

The Net is Closing on Corruption

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) applauds the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) team, under advocate Knorx Molelle, for obtaining an order under section 38 […]
January 15, 2018

SAFTU condemns cancellation of nursing intake

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its total support to its affiliate, the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU), in rejecting the sudden, outrageous […]
January 13, 2018

SAFTU condemns Trump’s reported racist remark

The South African Federation of Trade Unions vehemently condemns the vile, racist remarks allegedly made on 11 January 2018 by US President Donald Trump. According to […]
January 10, 2018

SAFTU statement on the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the statement by President Zuma announcing the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into state capture. He had […]
January 9, 2018

SAFTU condemns murder of farm worker

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns in the strongest terms the murder of a 32-year-old farm worker on a farm in Tarlton, outside Krugersdorp. […]
January 5, 2018

SAFTU statement on Matric results and education crisis

The South African Federation of Trade Unions congratulates all the 75.1% of learners – and their teachers, families and school governing bodies – who passed their […]
January 5, 2018

SAFTU sends condolences to families of train crash victims

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sends its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s train crash in […]
January 3, 2018

SAFTU’s response to articles on Workers’ Party

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the Star and Pretoria News stories under headlines that suggest that “SAFTU affiliates divided on setting up […]
October 5, 2017

Why SAFTU has laid fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering charges against Trillian and others

When the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) was launched in April this year we promised that South Africa would never be the same again. […]

2017 Statements

December 29, 2017

SAFTU welcomes ConCourt ruling

The South African Federation of Trade unions welcomes the ruling by the Constitutional Court – that Parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for spending taxpayers’ […]
December 29, 2017

SAFTU End of Year Statement, 28 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, the South African Federation of Trade Unions has good reason to celebrate the first eight months of its existence. The […]
December 22, 2017

SAFTU statement on ANC conference

Now that the African National Congress’s 54 National Conference has come to its end, the South African Federation of Trade Unions sees no reason to change […]
December 20, 2017

SAFTU condemns SARS legal attack on Jacques Pauw

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the SA Revenue Service for taking legal action against Jacques Pauw, the author of The President’s Keeper’s, for […]
December 19, 2017

SAFTU has no confidence in new ANC leadership

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the results of the African National Congress’s leadership election and reaffirms what it said before the event […]
December 15, 2017

SAFTU statement on Eskom 5.2% tariff hike announced by Nersa

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at the reappointment of Matshela Koko to his position as acting CEO of Eskom, while Parliament is […]
December 14, 2017

Memorandum to the Premier of Gauteng and the Mayor of Johannesburg by #OutsourcingMustFall and SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions and #OutsourcingMustFall is marching in Johannesburg today, Thursday 14 December 2017, to protest against the exploitation of workers through […]
December 13, 2017

SAFTU welcomes court ruling State of Capture inquiry

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes today’s important ruling by a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. It dismissed President […]
December 11, 2017

SAFTU condemns Abrahams’ extension to Jacob Zuma and demands that he be put on trial now like all other suspects

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has repeatedly warned that South Africa is being turned into a capitalist kleptocracy that will be governed by the […]
December 8, 2017

SAFTU welcomes High Court judgement on NDPP

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the  important court judgement in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 8 December 2017. The Court […]
December 8, 2017

SAFTU alarmed at Steinhoff revelations

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with alarm the crash of Steinhoff International. It is estimated to have lost the country R194 billion, […]
December 7, 2017

SAFTU condemns Trump’s statement on Jerusalem

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s outrageous announcement that the US is recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and […]
December 5, 2017

SAFTU appalled by “the big Madiba funeral rip-off”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled by the evidence in the report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane of what has rightly been dubbed […]
December 1, 2017

SAFTU urges Parliament to reject the National Minimum Wage Bill

The South African Federation of Trade Unions urges Parliament to reject the National Minimum Wage Bill. It is a bill which will imprison million of workers, […]
November 28, 2017

SAFTU condemns Zuma’s austerity plan

“President Jacob Zuma wants a committee to show him progress this week on plans to cut government spending by R25bn and raise taxes by up to […]
November 27, 2017

SAFTU deplores attacks on emergency service workers

The South African Federation is disgusted by the increasing number of armed attacks on emergency service workers. When criminals feel free to assault those whose job […]
November 26, 2017

SAFTU condemns ratings agencies and government policies and blames Government for creating conditions that allow unelected rating agencies to dictate policy

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angered that credit ratings agencies S&P Global and Fitch have downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to full junk […]
November 25, 2017

SAFTU backs 16 days of Activism

The South African Federation of Trade Unions commits itself to fully supporting the 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, from 25 […]
November 23, 2017

Statement of the SAFTU NEC meeting

After just seven months of our existence, we in the South African Federation of Trade Unions are delighted to inform our members that we held the […]
November 21, 2017

Stopping the rot at State-Owned Enterprises

The purpose of this statement is to update the public on the campaign by the SouthAfrican Federation of Trade Union’s (SAFTU) campaign to hold accountable those […]
November 15, 2017

The army has always been and is still part of the problem in Zimbabwe

The South Federation of Trade Unions strongly has always warned that a failure to pursue a revolutionary agenda will lead to chaos and things falling apart. […]
November 14, 2017

SAFTU condemns lenient sentence on Manana

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, on 7 August 2017, expressed its disgust at “the violent assault on two women by the Deputy Minister of […]
November 14, 2017

SAFTU stands by its call for free education at all levels

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angry that the report of the Heher Fees Commission into the feasibility of free education has concluded that […]
November 8, 2017

SAFTU condemns Gigaba’s phoney ‘inquiry’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the announcement by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that President Jacob Zuma has acceded to his request for […]
November 7, 2017

SAFTU condemns attempts to censor The President’s Keepers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the attempts by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) and the State Security Agency (SSA) to force Jacques […]
November 5, 2017

SAFTU in solidarity with the CPUT students’ demand …

The Federation of South African Trade Unions reaffirms its total support for the demand for free, universal and decolonised education and for the students who are […]
November 3, 2017

SAFTU statement on wealth and poverty in South Africa

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with anger reports that the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers is recommending 4% […]
November 1, 2017

SAFTU condemns poverty pay for EPWP workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is disgusted at the announcement that the ‘wages’ paid to participants on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) are […]
November 1, 2017

Social grant distribution must be a social service not a source of profits

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands that the SA Post Office, and its autonomous division Postbank, must without further delay, be given the responsibility […]
October 31, 2017

SAFTU shocked by even higher unemployment

Just when it seemed that things could get no worse for workers and the poor, we are hit by the Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Statistics […]