SACP: Workers have been deceived

The SACP has accused the EFF and Amcu of hijacking genuine issues affecting workers.

FILE: The communist party’s Jeremy Cronin also hit out at the Democratic Alliance (DA) calling it “the arrogant party of minority privileges”.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party ( SACP) has told thousands of workers at a Gauteng May Day rally in Daveyton that the Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union ( Amcu) have been hijacking genuine issues affecting workers for self-serving purposes.

The communist party's Jeremy Cronin also hit out at the Democratic Alliance ( DA) calling it "the arrogant party of minority privileges".

With less than a week to go before millions of South Africans cast their votes, several ANC leaders and alliance partners used the platform in Daveyton on Thursday to win votes for the ruling party.

SACP and ANC leaders here used today's rally to gain support for the ruling party and point out the opposition's so called 'short comings'.

The SACP's Jeremy Cronin has slammed the EFF saying it makes unrealistic promises to workers and will never be able to deliver.

"And this leads inevitably to terrible defeats for the working class and poor people in our country and a second, terrible Marikana tragedy is happening."

Amcu has also been accused of using the plight of its members to enrich the union's leaders. Amcu mineworkers have been on strike for more than three months for a R12,500 salary.

The strike has cost the mining sector more than R13 billion.

Workers have rejected their employer's latest offer, but Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) now wants to sidestep the union and take the offer straight to the miners.