The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in KwaZulu-Natal will be marching side by side with members of Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban on Monday. We stand in solidarity with the landless peoples’ movement and their struggle for land and dignity of the working class and the poor of South Africa. We condemn the ANC government and all other unprogressive forces which are actively colluding to silence the genuine voice of the working class and the poor in our country, by using violence and oppression.
The ANC led government has launched a systematic attack against Abahlali baseMjondolo since the organisations formation in 2005. The members of this movement have been victims of assault, repression, torture, arrest, organised campaigns of slander and death threats. Their members are routinely evicted and arrested by an ANC government which claims to be supporting expropriation of land without compensation.
NUMSA will march in solidarity to demand an end to state sponsored repression and violence against this movement and all other progressive working class organisations. We demand the right to freedom of association and the right to freely organise. We demand that all political murders of the members of the movement be properly investigated. We demand that all death threats made by eThekwini officials including the Mayor be investigated, and those responsible must be arrested!
Details of the march are as follows:
DATE: Monday 8 October, 2018
TIME: 10 AM
VENUE: March will start at Curries Fountain (DUT) and the memorandum of demands will be handed over to Durban City Hall at 12 Midday.
The march will be supported by organised street traders, including the Market Users Committee as well as Ubunye Bamahostela, the Congolese Solidarity Campaign and comrades from the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU).
The struggle continues!
NUMSA Regional Secretary KZN
For more information, please contact:
NUMSA National Spokesperson