Strikes are reducing our basic dignity

STEVE Biko said: "The basic tenet of black consciousness is that black's themselves must reject any value system reducing our basic dignity."

STEVE Biko said: "The basic tenet of black consciousness is that black's themselves must reject any value system reducing our basic dignity."

Economist Mohau Pheko says that South Africa is in a technical recession and the doctor defines that as consecutive negative quarterly growth.

The unscrupulous conduct of teachers, police, health professionals and other essential service workers is reducing our basic dignity.

How many kids fail at school owing to a lack of proper teaching because teachers attend Sadtu meetings during school hours?

How much medicine and food for patients is stolen while health professionals are on strike?

How many people die in our hospitals? How many prisoners escape from our police stations and prisons?

All this is reducing our basic dignity as black people.

This is more black-on-black violence because poor people will suffer owing to a lack of leadership from our government.

The ANC must do away with the Cosatu and SACP alliance, which is causing more harm than good because of the injudicious elements in the labour federation with its egocentric agenda.

We cannot afford to have a country with lawlessness and where anachronism is the order of the day. It is not Cosatu or SACP members who voted Msholosi into power but the men and woman in the street.

Government employees want high remuneration that they do not deserve. They are an embarrassment to our country and the government. There is no need to strike in an economic recession.

Mooketsi Maimane, Gauteng

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