Black First Land First (BLF) calls on society to support the protest march by the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) in defence of 8 500 jobs that may be lost at AngloGold Ashanti. BLF believes that the mass retrechments by the company, where Sipho Pityana is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), are part of the attack on the economy by white monopoly capital in its campaign for regime change.
Pityana is a vocal regime change agent. The plan is to turn the workers against President Zuma by putting the blame of joblessness on him instead of the unpatriotic mining industry. These retrenchments are about sabotaging the Mining Charter. Pityana is a leading opponent of the Mining Charter. To this end he is now sacrificing black workers in his evil scheme to try and stop the Mining Charter from being implemented.
BLF calls on NUM to demand worker’s ownership immediately. Furthermore, BLF asks NUM to put AngloGold Ashanti on terms. If they retrench workers, then the workers will be mobilized to occupy and take over the mines. The truth is that the mining bosses need the workers and the profits more that the workers need to be under the exploitative employment of the mining bosses. Now is the time to demand what is ours and be owners of the mines ourselves.
The call by NUM is correct and progressive. BLF says; defend the jobs! Implement the Mining Charter now!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
4 August 2017
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