Trade unions march to Parliament to 'defend citizens'


The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) South African Communist Party (SACP) and COSATU in the Western Cape will be marching to Parliament on Saturday to “defend citizens”.

The unions issued a statement, saying that they would be mobilizing to march on Parliament this coming Saturday, October 6, to protest a number of issues, including looming job cuts at Eskom, rejecting electricity tariff increases and to rejecting the idea of Eskom being privatized.

The unions say that the march is being organised to “defend citizens from the effects of Power Purchase Agreements and Independent Power Producers imposed on Eskom by the Department of Energy”, the statement said.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) department will also be addressed, specifically those “municipalities who are failing to pay their Eskom debt, thus contributing to the looming job cuts”.

Assembly point for the march is the CPUT Cape Town Campus at 11:00 0n Saturday morning.