Foreigners Destabilizing S. Africa With Strike Says Worthless ANC

Foreigners Destabilizing S. Africa With Strike Says Worthless ANC
The ANC is attempting to blame the legitimate action by the miners on foreigners

AFRICANGLOBE – South Africa’s ruling party accused the union whose members are taking part in the longest mining strike in the country’s history of being linked with “foreign forces” that are attempting to derail the economy.

More than 70,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have been on strike since Jan. 23, crippling output by the world’s biggest platinum producers. The walkout caused mining production to plunge by the most in 47 years in the first quarter, contributing to the economy’s contraction in the period, the first since a 2009 recession.

“The articulation of AMCU position by White foreign nationals, signaling interest of the foreign forces in the destabilization of our economy,” is a “disturbing development,” Gwede Mantashe, the general secretary of the ruling African National Congress, said yesterday in a statement following a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee.

The union had also allowed “the direct participation” of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the negotiations, “and thus the collaboration with the foreign forces,” he said. The EFF formed last year by former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema that won 6.4 percent of the vote in last month’s elections, making it the nation’s third-largest party. Dali Mpofu, an advocate representing the AMCU, is a member of the EFF.

Government Meeting

The interests of foreign forces led the ANC committee to caution Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to lead an effort to resolve the strike “with care,” the party said. ANC members attending the meeting questioned the role of the state in workplace disputes when there are “clear rules” on how to deal with these, it said.

Today is the final government-led meeting to resolve the strike, Ramatlhodi said on June 7. Anglo American Platinum Ltd., Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. and Lonmin Plc have lost 21.7 billion rand ($2.1 billion) of revenue while workers have foregone 9.6 billion rand in wages, the companies said on a joint website today.

Mantashe’s comments are “unfortunate,” Bishop Jo Seoka, a past president of the South African Council of Churches who has been helping the striking miners, said on Johannesburg-based SAfm radio today. “Politicizing the strike isn’t helpful. Mpofu is sitting there in his capacity as a professional person. He has been asked by the workers to facilitate in the process to find a solution.”


By: Paul Burkhardt


Apartheid Did Not Die 


  1. We do not praise Obama! We live in a democracy and do not see him as a king but simply a public servant who we put in office, to make changes, now we see he made the wrong, changes and seeks to colonize Africa! If South Africans get cut, Zulu, Xkhosa, we bleed here…our mind and focus is Pan African!

  2. No sir , we are all Africans, and cause you forget Stephen Biko, and the importance of Black unity and Race First, and were the only nation in Africa who did not seek liberation from the White man , you are in the condition you are in! You created a fancy name for segregation, something we endured and abolished living in a White mans world, you called it aparthied then agreed upon integration with your opressor in a Black mans world! I will not compare states of living cause you may get your feelings hurt to know the facts here in the USA after 400 years of slavery, and no natural resources given to us as God has given to you, but you allow your opressor, to control!

  3. You must be retarded! Which ANC, in the 50s, had a say on how any sector of SA’s economy was being run, talkless of the mining industry? Also, why are you not focusing your attention on freeing your own people who seem to be equally trapped in the bondage of eternal poverty, instead of carrying SA’s matters on your head? Mmm…

  4. It is White outsiders who told the old ANC in the 50s not to nationalize the Platinum minds for the African people! And then they were stupid enough to sing a non nationalization clause, banishing the Black population to eternal poverty!