Due to desperation, the Jagersfontein community is now divided with each side accusing the other of collaborating with the mine bosses and the police they accuse of being in the bosses’ pockets.
The public sector unions in Cosatu are angered by the threat to collective bargaining and are looking to the congress underway at Gallagher Convention Centre, to lead a united response.
The Komati power station is meant to make a complete switch-off by the end of September this year but workers say that they have not been consulted and are not sure what is going to happen to them.
The pandemic has targeted the vulnerable in society, and the economic fallout is hurting the ‘precariat’ the most.
On the 13th and the 14th of July 2015 COSATU held its Special National Congress after nearly two years since NUMSA and other affiliates called for it. The special national congress was to allow COSATU’s highest and most democratic decision-making structure to deal decisively with the conflict and divisions in the federation. But after the expulsion of NUMSA and later COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, the narrative changed for those affiliates who felt that both Vavi and NUMSA were hard done by.