OPINION | May Day or Labour Day has Lost its Significance meaning writes Rethabile Mohlala

We live in a world full of uncertainty, disruption, and changes and in the process, some institutions and events that used to hold significant meanings lose their taste and flavour. 

May Day or Labour Day is one of the classic examples, it used to be a day where workers used to take the streets to celebrate and have fun being employed. 

However, decades later the used to be known as May Day is losing its meaning and significance as the majority of South Africans are faced with joblessness, lack of resources, gloomy outlook and unemployment while some sleep on top of poverty and squalor. 

In the country, we are faced with a situation where unemployed people outnumber people with jobs. If you ask me, that is the ticking bomb, the country can explode at any given time, provided the situation is not managed correctly. 

GALLERY: Cosatu May Day rally in Durban

As for the politicians they have lied, cheated and failed to keep the promises they promised their own constituencies while seeking votes during the campaign trail for previous elections. 

Labour union organisations such as COSATU and SAFTU, which were supposed to fight for the rights of workers and make sure governments implement policies to create jobs are fighting amongst themselves, it dog eat dog situation. They’re fighting for positions, power and to continue with corruption. 

On Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was hackled and interrupted while addressing the mineworkers in Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, North West. The issue for the mayhem and chaos was that people are sick and tired of false promises, they want action, not lip service. 

Meanwhile, Julius Malema, leader of Economic Freedom Fighters [EFF] told his supporters that the party is planning to launch its labour union wing, to deal with the needs and challenges of workers in South Africa. 

Malema promised fighters/ supporters that their labour union will different from ANC’s affiliate COSATU and SAFTU led by Zwelinzima Vavi. Malema is yet to reveal more details about the formation of the labour Union for EFF, however, he said negotiations and planning are at the advanced stage. I don’t trust politicians, only time will tell. 

One wonders, how did we get here and how as a country can we get out of this bottomless pit situation? And the answer rest on each one of us, to take the responsibility for our own lives and create opportunities for ourselves. Where we find ourselves, No samaritan or anyone is coming to save us from this sh!t. 

By Rethabile Mohlala

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