DENOSA is embarking on a mobilization programme in various facilities across the country, building up support for COSATU’s National Strike on 27 September against #StateCapture, #Corruption and #Retrenchments or Job losses.
The strike has been granted to COSATU by NEDLAC and Section 77 certificate has been received which protects all workers who take part in the strike.
Part of the total shut down on 27 September is that a Commission of Inquiry on State Capture be established as a matter of urgency, so that the funds that get siphoned from public coffers could remain and used for public good. In health, there is a gross shortage of nurses and support staff and equipment. Vacancies remain unfilled for longer periods, thus putting too much strain on few health workers who are in facilities and who are expected to perform miracles. State Capture and Corruption also threaten to delay the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI), which is South Africa’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) where all community members have access to quality healthcare service regardless of their socio-economic status.
In the sector, State Capture and corruption also threaten to prolong delays in the payments of Performance bonuses to health workers who continue to work tirelessly, as well as payment of Rural and Danger allowances as well as pay progression for those who are deserving.
In the public sector, out of 1.3 million public servants a whopping 900 000 workers do not have houses, and monies leaving government through corruption and state capture could also assist in narrowing this gap by actualizing Government Employees Housing Scheme.
DENOSA strongly feels that it is in the interest of every South African who contributes to South Africa’s well-being in one way or the other to take part and be counted on this day. COSATU is currently engaging various stakeholders to ensure the day leaves a mark that says South Africa has had enough of lack of consequences for those taking part in corruption and state capture.
Logistics for the Strike will be communicated as soon as they are finalized, in terms of pick-up points for all provinces and regions.