Cosatu shared that the communist party needs to pay its employees their wages immediately. Sizwe Pamla of the unions stated that the lack of payment is unacceptable. Pamla shared that the matter regarding the payments will be taken further.
Cosatu plans to engage with the SACP, as reported by EWN. They believe that SACP individuals who are in ministerial positions should forfeit or sacrifice their salaries.
“This is something that is totally unacceptable. The SACP is supposed to be the vanguard of the working class, it is supposed to fight against the exploitation of workers and it cannot be caught up in headlines where it is accused of failing to pay the working class.
“As Cosatu, we will engage with the SACP and we believe that those who hold ministerial positions in the SACP need to sacrifice and forfeit their own salaries to prove that they are committed to the socialist ideals,” Pamla said.
In more news about the SACP, the party made calls for Government to permanently maintain the R350 grant. The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was part of the SACP’s discussions at it’s last ordinary session of its 14th national congress central committee.
The party believes the R350 grant should be gradually improved to become a universal, basic income grant. On Sunday, 3 April, the SACP’s general-secretary Dr Blade Nzimande stated that his party had concerns about South Africa’s ongoing unemployment crisis.
This followed Stats SA’s data which revealed that South Africa’s unemployment rate went above the 35% threshold. The unemployment rate is the highest since Stats SA started its Quarterly Labour Force Survey back in 2008.