Surely something is wrong if eight months of wage negotiations have failed to prevent this crisis. It is another sign of the widening chasm between the government and its people. How did the government lose the trust of citizens just four years after being given a 70percent mandate by the electorate?
Our leaders must explain their definition of a flourishing economy. A country's success cannot be measured by statistics alone, but must take into account the change and improvement in people's lives. Life is becoming harder for the majority and some are starting to doubt the meaning of freedom.
It's the government's duty to bring hope to its people. Offering competitive salaries to its employees is a start. The don't-care attitude of the government is only creating resentment and hatred.
Cosatu's intention is not to cripple the country for political gain, but to highlight the genuine grievances of workers. It is our collective duty to make our country prosper, but we should all benefit.
If the perception persists that democracy only benefits government leaders, it will erode public confidence and fuel mistrust. The government must start listening to the people by being sensitive. The success of South Africa rests in all our hands.
Lucas Ntyintyane, Randburg