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‘Nedlac is sabotaging our anti-corruption march’

Organisers of the march say they applied on time to Nedlac for a protected strike.

FILE. Hundreds of civic organisations and other groups will march to Parliament and the Union Buildings demanding what they say is a national intervention against corruption. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisers of the anti-corruption marches in Cape Town and Pretoria say they've been sabotaged by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), which has given them two weeks to embark on a protected strike.

Coalition members, including trade unions, students and civil society leaders met in Braamfontein today.

On Wednesday, the groups will march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria and Parliament in Cape Town, to demand a national intervention against corruption.

The organisers of Wednesday's anti-corruption marches say they applied on time to Nedlac for a protected strike, but say the organisation considered their application late in an effort to stop the march from going ahead.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's Irvin Jim said, "In order to sabotage the 30 September march, they instead gave us a date of the 25 as a response."

Jim says the march will go ahead, however, workers must know that they will be taking part at their own risk.

"Workers must know that they don't have the protected action on 30 September and we are not calling on workers who are supposed to be at work to join the march."

The organisers say tens of thousands of people have already indicated they will be taking part, and have called on employees, especially those who work the night shift, to join in the fight against corruption.

Anti-corruption march organisers say despite the events being declared unprotected, this will not stop them from mobilising citizens who want to take a stand against corruption.

Students for Law and Social Justices' Mbali Khumalo said, "This attempt by Nedlac to frustrate the right of workers to strike will not hamper plans or the mobilisation of union members."

Meanwhile, Jim says if this was Nedlac's plan to stop them from marching is week, the organisation has failed.

"We are firmly resolute that the march must be a success."

The group says a second strike, which will be protected, will take place on 14 October.

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