STATEMENTS

THE SOUTH AFRICAN CORRECTIONAL SERVICES WORKERS’ UNION (SACOSWU): MEDIA STATEMENT IN WITH THE TOTAL SHUT DOWN BY SOUTH AFRICAN FEDERATIONS OF TRADE UNIONS (SAFTU), ON 24 AUGUST 2022.

The South African Correctional Services Workers Union (SACOSWU) is embarking on Socio-Economic demand: Recruit, Mobilize and Galvanize the Working Class for Socialism. South African Correctional Services Workers Union is supporting the call by SAFTU to embark on total shut down demand on the 24th August 2022. The economic malaise currently being experienced places the nation at the point of return. The levels of poverty, unemployment in particular amongst our youth and women of this country has deteriorated and is appalling. SACOSWU has learnt of the level of corruption, crime and nepotism. SACOSWU is advocating the prosecution of all who are implicated in Zondo’s Commission report stating corruption and robbery of the poorest of the poor. Almost every state-owned enterprise is facing a death spiral or financial collapse. Eskom, SAA, Autopax, Prasa just to mention a few, are all on their knees with more worker’s jobs and services to the poor the on line. It is as if Government officials and their families live in Wonderland and they do not see the immense suffering of the poor and the workers in general caused by economic hardship.
 

PASSING OF OUR MEMBER

South African Correctional Officers Services Workers Unions (SACOSWU) is saddened by the untimely death of female Correctional official at Goedemoed Prison in the Free State during the hostage drama on the 29 March 2019 on Friday where another pregnant official was raped on the same instance. SACOSWU is greatly distressed and disturbed by these attacks on our members. The Department of Correctional Services should take full responsibility which implies being held accountable for circumstances leading to the death and attack on the officials. As much as the department could wish to dishonestly deny that shortage of staff was one of the contributing circumstances which includes a very ominous and ineffective working pattern introduced in 2009 rendering the correctional operations to be very unsafe.