When 20 000 women
Over the past 10 years life expectancy of the group classified by Statssa as African, has seen life expectancy decline from 50 years to 47 years. Life expectancy for African women is expected to further decline over the next 5 years. Life expectancy for those classified white was roughly constant at 71 years. The majority of the working class will not even live to a pensionable age, yet the ANC-SACP government wants to introduce a law that prevents workers from accessing their provident fund monies before the age of 60! This means that the capitalist banks will grab workers savings and hand over pennies to the few family members who may survive.
During 2008-9, over 1 million workers were retrenched. The top 10% of the country earn 90% of the income while the bottom 90% of the population has to survive on 10% of the income. Even further, the bottom 40% of the population, some 20 million people, have to survive on 1 % of the income while the top 1% earn 40% of the total income. In 2008-9, at the height of the capitalist recession, the capitalists received the highest profits ever in the history of the country, namely R670 bn. Every year since then the annual profits of the capitalists amount to more than R540 bn each year. These are just publicly declared profits- the real figure of the profits must be much higher. So it is not that the capitalists are suffering in the crisis in the same way as the working class- the capitalist crisis is one of profits falling from 4000% to 3990%, while for the worker it is a matter of life or death.
The Cosatu and SACP leaders cry crocodile tears at the high unemployment statistics – they are the best allies of big capital, allowing workers to be dismissed en masse without a fight, allowing the most brutal exploitation of workers while the capitalists make the highest profits ever.
But the 6th and 9th
August are also infamous for the
The monopoly capitalists are
the ones who casualise mostly women, who pay the
lowest wages to women, who parasite off the labour brokers who employ mostly
women. In other words, the
Across North Africa and the
Middle East, in the streets of
It is time to break with the ANC-SACP and for an independent revolutionary working class party to be formed as part of an international fraction to refound the Fourth International. Kick out the pro-capitalist leaders of Cosatu- open the road to the woman worker to enter the struggle! The fight for women’s liberation forms part of every struggle against the capitalist system and can only be taken to completion if the working class takes power in its own hands with its own mass action methods, not through parliament. And even then the fight for worker power must be waged right into the imperialist centres, the very heartland of the monopoly capital that controls the daily lives of the masses in the colonies and semi-colonies.
9th August 2011