Live Twitter feed: Cosatu March

A heavy police presence is expected when the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leads a march of more than 15 000 workers in Joburg.

The Cosatu march is currently taking place in Joburg.

Keep up to date with the latest from the march by viewing our live twitter feed below:

Union spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said, “Our national action will take the form of marches and demonstrations in the city centres and locales of our provinces throughout the country… We will be raising the issue of a crisis in [terms of] the unemployment rate, retrenchments and a reliable, accessible and affordable public transport system. And we will be making a sharp point to oppose the proposal of the privatisation of Eskom made by various big businesses.”

Pamla added that this followed a deadlock on their demand for the scrapping of e-tolls. He also said, “We are going to Eskom to tell them that the electricity crisis is costing us jobs and we oppose the proposed privatisation of the entity, as the majority of South Africans are unemployed and will never afford electricity if it’s privatised. Anyone who wants to do that, will have to go through us.”

He said electricity must be provided by the government so it would be affordable.

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