Holomisa blames ANC for labour crisis

2012-10-17 12:44

Cape Town - The current labour crisis in South Africa can be attributed to the failure of the ruling party to provide leadership and address the root causes of the problem.

According to Bantu Holomisa, leader of the opposition party UDM and a member of parliament, the heart of the problem is that the Tripartite Alliance partners (the ANC, trade union federation Cosatu and the SA Communist Party) simultaneously play the dual roles of employer and employee representative in the mining sector.

“Through its political deployees and Tripartite Alliance investment arms, the ANC has prioritised the interest of big business at the expense of the workers,” Holomisa said.

He added that while mineworkers never receive dividends, trade union investment arms declare profits from the projects they undertake in the same mines that are employing the workers.

“Can we, therefore, blame the mineworkers for losing trust in trade unions?” 

Holomisa said political unrest in the mining sector and the rise in wildcat strikes are piling up the pressure on an economy already reeling from the global economic downturn, and are “tearing into South Africa’s economic growth”.  

Holomisa said the ANC should instruct its national executive committee (NEC) deployees and Tripartite Alliance partners in the mining sector to intervene in unrest in the industry.

“This is critical, considering that mining companies have already begun instituting disciplinary action against illegally striking mineworkers, which means that thousands of our people could lose their jobs.”

ANC NEC member Cyril Ramaphosa is a also member of the board of the Lonmin [JSE:LON] group at whose Marikana mine 34 miners and two policemen were killed.

Gold miner Goldfields [JSE:GFI] warned this morning it would lay off about 15 000 workers if they continue with an illegal strike.

The world’s fourth-largest gold producer is losing around R100m every day the strike continues and has given workers till Thursday to return to work.

A week ago platinum giant Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] fired 12 000 workers.

 - Fin24


  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-17 12:56

    True and Malema has been saying the same.the young man speaks the truth

      CHRISTOS52 - 2012-10-17 13:24

      100% correct Mr . Kolobe

      refilwe.scheepers - 2012-10-17 13:25

      Malema?? *Scoffs*

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-17 15:02

      Its one thing to say it and one thing to mean it!! Malema is saying so that he can get support and do exactly the same thing. It is so sad that people can be so blinded by a con-artist like Malema!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-17 13:03

    .... and the ANC blames apartheid

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 13:18

      And nothing ever comes of that investigation. Theyre ALL rotten to the core! HAMBA cANCer, HAMBA!!!!

  • Selwyn Marlon Hopper - 2012-10-17 13:06

    holomisa u always just speak sense all more reason why u not affiliated with this morons no more good job

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 13:36

      Silly remark I know, but I met Holomisa many years ago at a party here in PA. We chatted on all thing's 'frilly' and then a little about his beliefs. He is a very 'old-fashioned' person, a bit like Mandela, and very charitable. I am sorry that he didnt make more of his life in government, he is a 'moderate? (is that the word?) and has a fair following...who knows maybe one day there will be more like him? just saying....

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 13:28

    I have a lot of respect for Hoplomisa but I am very disappointed by his utterances.The solution he is providing does not come from a matured politician.Currently I rate Zille much better than any other opposition leader at the moment.Cannot believe that Holomisa has become so useless and cannot think before he talks.

      phillip.phogole - 2012-10-17 13:51

      Mr Ndlovu you dont think before you comment,Holomisa is telling the truth Cosatu is nolonger representing workers,look Mbethe got shares in the mining as well,Zuma children,Ramaphosa that is why the miners are so tired of NUM

      Tando - 2012-10-17 14:26

      Ndlovuvincent it seems you dont no SA politics Helen Zillie and her party have done well in the Western Cape but dont change the subject From what BANTUBONKE HOLOMISA SAID, HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH AS IT IS FOR EXAMPLE DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORT IS A MEMBER OF COSATU AND U EXPECT THE SAME PERSON TO REPRESENT WORKERS IN LABOUR , THE ANSWER IS NO

      ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 16:17

      @Tando-u claim I do not know South African politics,sorry u got hold of the wrong end of the stick.I never said Holomisa is wrong,I did not say DA is not doing well inm WC,so get your facts right.All I am saying,as long as what Holomisa is saying is absolutely right,he has gone to the dogs.The last time I heard about him was just after Marikana incidence.He is getting paid lekker and is not adding value in the South African politics,he must wake up.

      nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-17 19:09

      ndlovuvicent xa ungenanto ongayithetha thula ufe uzosixelela udaka apha inoba ungomnye wabatyayo susigezela apha

  • Tando - 2012-10-17 13:43

    I agree with the UDM leader , how can your lawyer sleep with the magistrate of the same court you are appearing on and expect to win , its the same thing COSATU is doing. They claim to represent the workers while the sleep with the same blanket with the ruling Party .

  • Bantu Holomisa - 2012-10-17 13:49

    @Ndlovuvincent . Talk to your fellow comrades in corruption to solve this mess. They must stop sucking the blood of the poor workers. Can you tell us who benefits from the so-called mine workers investments?

      moruti.morulane.5 - 2012-10-22 10:00

      You are quiet right Mr. Holomisa. Workers lost trust on the Unions and indeed the likes of Ramaphosa, Kulubashe Zuma and the others are benefiting on the sweat of the poor workers. The current ANC leadership is only interested on itself and their families. That is why those in higher positions do not want change of leadership because there are so many things they are hiding.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-11-01 14:32

      You are SO right, Minister Holomisa! Go for it! Try to stop the greed, please.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-17 14:07

    I agree with holimesa one hundred

  • patrick.mquire - 2012-10-17 14:21

    Mr Holomisa is 100% right we neen to find out where the blunder come from and the unions together with anc must fix it.south africa can't allow that kind number of employees to loose their job. they are taxpayers and this will shake the economy of the country.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-17 14:22

    Yebo Bantu. Got that right! Bloody agents!

  • naude.andrea - 2012-10-17 14:46

    At last a breath of fresh air and HONESTY!!!!!!! I am just amazed and sad that this whole circus is still there.

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-10-17 14:52

    At last someone is beginning to see the contradiction which is the ANC alliance. Up to 20 years ago the "Alliance" made sense as all three parties were aligned to one objective - defeat Apartheid. Unfortunately today defeating apartheid is a "done deal" and no longer a goal. Today the Alliance members have different agendas. 1. The ANC is trying to govern South Africa but still having serious difficulties in converting from a past "struggle organisation" to a present "Government of South Africa" 2. Cosatu is essentially a "labour movement" which must now from time to time disagree with Government in the way forward as Government should have a BIG PICTURE vision which may not agree with Cosatu's SMALL PICTURE vision of the way forward for trade union members only. 3. The SACP is, in my opinion, a non entity riding on the coat-tails of it's big brothers - the ANC and Cosatu. What South Africa needs today is a "Government of National Unity" as is starting to appear in European Politics. This "Government" would put aside all political agendas and focus on what is needed to bring South Africa into position as a country which is a recognised global economic player in the 21st century. We have the resources needed to achieve this goal but lack the political will and the understanding that, to be competitive in the world today, the workforce has to be productive and earn more value for the employer than the cost of employment for that employer.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-17 18:20

    Ja ja, we know all this. What is your solution to the problem? If you have none, get out of the kitchen as you have no role to play.

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-17 20:36

    ndivumelana noBantu oVavi noDlamini andiqondi ba bayazi bamele thina basebenzi ngathi bangene kupotiko kakhulu ngeloxesha siyasokola emisebenzini phofu bayakhanyisiswa nangabo baphathi

  • B.b. - 2012-10-18 10:39

    So this means Nationalisation won't fit because of those people who r owning shares since they r black political leaders

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