Cosatu to march against racism

COSATU has threatened to bring the little farming town of Vryburg, North West, to a standstill today.

COSATU has threatened to bring the little farming town of Vryburg, North West, to a standstill today.

The labour federation and its ally, the SACP, have organised a march to the Ganyesa magistrate's court where a farmer accused of setting his dog on a domestic worker will appear.

Cosatu provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said yesterday that they had organised the march because they believed the court was dealing with the matter in a racist manner.

"The farmer was found guilty but sentencing has been postponed four times. Why? We think this is a way to let the farmer off the hook," Phetoe said.

He said the march would also be a protest against a local hospital, in which twins died at birth after their mother was told to go home because of the hospital's poor healthcare facility.

Phetoe said the march would follow yesterday's rally at Rustenburg's Impala shaft 8, in which Cosatu and SACP wrapped up their campaign in support for National Health Insurance (NHI). - Sowetan Reporter

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