Mine massacre a wake-up call to overhaul industry: iLIVE
The editorial yesterday, "Mines put profits well above their employees' rights", sums up the essence of class struggle in South Africa.
The conditions of squalor under which Lonmin's Marikana mine workers live are reminiscent of Britain at the dawn of the industrial revolution.
It is scandalous for a democratic government to preside over the super-exploitation of workers.
The current system guarantees super-profits for the owners and investors, to the detriment of workers and communities.
The massacre of workers at Marikana provides a window of opportunity for the government to overhaul the mining industry.
In light of the paralysis of Cyril Ramaphosa in the transformation of Lonmin, we must agree that BEE is a blunt instrument that serves the interests of monopoly capitalism. The compelling vision of the Freedom Charter beckons for implementation. Enough blood has been shed.