A six member crew made up of sacked essential services workers and the Vice President of the Manual Workers Union, Sammy Sithole on Tuesday visited the North East district to encourage striking workers to continue with the strike as ‘victory is near’.
“Today is a day of victory! Our children are fighting the war together with us, in two days school riots forced Minister Venson Moitoi to direct all government schools to shut down. Our next target is to close major hospitals if not all health facilities by this Friday (today).”
Sithole echoed these words throughout the North east district, where government employees were gathered.
“Now that schools are closed, gather those teachers who had remained in schools to join in the struggle. Welcome them as prodigal sons and daughters, we need them here and make it impossible for Mma Venson to re open schools. Intensify your picketing strategies. Target as many essential services workers as possible”, he said.
The crew visited Masunga, Tutume, Dukwi, Sowa Town, Nata and Gweta where they also assured fired essential services that they will be issue will be dealt with accordingly.
“You were not hired over radio or television, this is just a scarecrow. Our leaders are panicking so there are pressing this and that button. Comrades! essential services is the key to our 16 percent, they are the ones who can deliver our demand. Talk to every nurse and doctor you know to join the strike”, he said.
However, Sithole cautioned all strikers not to take the law into their own hands.
“Our sympathizers will do all the work on our behalf. Otherwise should you be violent, the man we are up against will have the power to declare a state of emergency and we would not have achieved our goal.”