The pro white monopoly capital President of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa has started an illegal witch hunt against opponents of white monopoly capital. The first victim of Ramaphosa’s illegal attack is Matshela Koko at Eskom.
In an unprecedented disregard for the law and due process Cyril Ramaphosa fired Koko through a press release. No hearing, no due process – just expulsion from Eskom summarily via the media. Koko was reinstated as head of generation earlier in January this year, after being found not guilty by the parastatal’s internal disciplinary hearing which was chaired by advocate Mzungulu Mthombeni.
Under the pretext of fighting corruption Ramaphosa instructed the yet to be confirmed Eskom board to “immediately remove all Eskom executives who are facing allegations of serious corruption and other acts of impropriety, including Mr Matshela Koko …”.
This instruction to the Eskom board is as illegal as the instruction by Ramaphosa that lead to the Marikana massacre where he called for “concomitant action” against workers who just wanted a living wage. Ramaphosa’s disregard for the rule of law and Labour law must horify all justice loving people.
What happened to the required adherence to the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’? What wrongdoing has Mr Koko committed? Is Ramaphosa punishing him for supporting the 51% black ownership as a condition of any entity doing business with Eskom? Why is Ramaphosa not submitting the evidence he has to either the police or Eskom so that due process can be followed? Since when do people get fired on the basis of mere suspicion?
Ramaphosa is sending a strong signal to the employers in South Africa (SA) that its OK to undermine labour rights. The silence of organisations that claim to be for workers – like the South African Communist Party (SACP), National Union of Metal Workers (NUMSA), and Zwelinzima Vavi’s South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) – in the face of such blatant violation of the labour law, shows their opportunism and indicates how workers will be exposed when Ramaphosa becomes president of SA.
Black First Land First (BLF) says hands off Mr Koko. We say to Ramaphosa, respect the laws of this country and stop your excitement in trying to show white monopoly capital that you are a good boy of the “New Deal”.
Ramaphosa must answer many questions at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCOI) on State Capture, including using the police to murder workers to protect his profits; and wrongdoings (as suggested in the Paradise Papers) through Shanduka not limited to tax evasion and money laundering via the offshore tax haven of Mauritius. Eskom can’t be turned into a lawless den of looting by Ramaphosa and his white monopoly capital friends.
BLF notes the presence of racists and others who are facing criminal cases in the new Eskom board. We will write to President Zuma as head of cabinet not to ratify the names of Ramaphosa’s henchmen.
BLF will aslo write to the board of Eskom to warn it about overzealousness in committing crimes under the guise of fighting corruption. The silence of the white owned media is evidently in support of the white monopoly capital agenda of ensuring its stranglehold over the Eskom board to further state capture. The white owned media has no ethics at all!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
28 January 2018
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