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We speak to Tahir Sema of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) about the turmoil in the South African labour movement. Deep inequality and the rising cost of living has lead to a high degree of industrial militancy across many sectors of the South African economy. While a small elite are making a lot of money, many working class people are struggling to live.

At the same time, the labour movement in South Africa is in political crisis, as the General Secretary of Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi, has been suspended. Many in the South African labour movement believe that Comrade Vavi’s suspension is political, and is a result of his criticism of the ruling ANC political party.

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