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Economic summit condemns strike violence

President Jacob Zuma told officials that SA’s economy had been under immense pressure by the strikes.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said parties at an economic forum have condemned the violence that has accompanied some strikes and public protests.

Addressing delegates from government, business and labour in Pretoria on Friday evening, the minister said law enforcement agencies must act firmly to curb lawlessness at various mines.

This as the violence continues in the sector following wildcat strikes.

President Jacob Zuma told officials that South Africa's economy had been put under immense pressure by recent incidents linked to the wage disputes.

The comments come on the back of yet another ratings downgrade for South Africa from global agencies.

Chabane said there are no "quick-fix solutions".

"They [delegates] emphasised the need not to deviate from collective bargaining in favour of short-term solutions, which do not assist in the long run. The meeting noted the wave of unprotected strikes that can undermine the legal framework of bargaining."

He said slowing global growth and the need to speed up the fight against poverty, inequality and unemployment, was also discussed.

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the meeting is a strong show of leadership and unity.

"The statement says to the country and the world, there is leadership in South Africa and that leadership is concerned by the state of affairs and the violence in particular."

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