Why Are These People Screaming in South Africa?

16 May 2008

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Avi Lewis from On the Map takes an in-depth look at the protests held by COSATU earlier this year, arguing that as a result of their journalistic shorthand, the South African media wrongly presented the purpose behind the protests.

From the coverage, you'd think it was a simple labour dispute, but its about much more, he says. These protests were about a dream betrayed by an ANC government that has failed to deliver on its core promises, due to its business friendly policies that have maintained economic apartheid. Lewis notes that COSATU has been a loyal junior partner to the ANC, getting weaker and weaker as the country spiralled out of control. COSATU may be waking up with this huge mobilisation, contends Lewis.

You can find this page online at http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/19.19.

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