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SaftuEngineering News reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said in a statement on Wednesday that SA found itself looking over a precipice as the economic malaise currently being experienced all but placed the nation at a point of no return.  

With the country facing high levels of poverty and unemployment – particularly among the youth and women – as well as rising inequalities, corruption and crime, the federation said these ills had reached such proportions, “that the country can be plunged into a civil war and strife if nothing is done”.  In the face of the people’s suffering, the federation said the coming together of Saftu, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), as well as thousands of unemployed people organised under the Assembly of the Unemployed, Mining Affected Communities United in Action, South African Green Revolutionary Council and countless others, was “a significant step in building a mass-based campaign to confirm the neo-Apartheid capitalism that is reducing South Africa to a wasteland”.  Saftu and its partners intend to kick off their ‘rise up’ campaign by protesting at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), where the parties will gather at the Union Buildings, in Gauteng, and at the Parade in the Cape Town to present an alternative SoNA.  The parties will also be protesting at finance minister Tito Mboweni’s budget day speech, where they intend to have thousands of people march to Parliament to “demand a budget that supports jobs, services and dignity”.

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