The petition: STOP WITHHOLDING PAYMENT OF THE EPWP WORKERS IN OR TAMBO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY AND REINSTATE THEM was launched by Joseph Wade - a Khulumani member and supporter.
Chief Joseph Wade is the leader of the Cobuqua Nation that was dispossessed of their land at Port St Johns in 1976 by Chief Kaiser Matanzima. The Cobuqua have suffered losses over centuries of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Their land claims for the restitution of their land have never been settled. The consequences on the Cobuqua people have been devastating.
The recent Constitutional Court decision of 28 July 2016 is extremely significant in this regard because that decision forces government to prioritise settling the 20,000 claims from 1998 that have never been settled before dealing with new land claims since 2014. Read a related news article: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/law/2016/07/29/all-land-claims-after-98-on-hold
Please support Mr. Wade's petition below:
STOP WITHHOLDING PAYMENT OF THE EPWP WORKERS IN OR TAMBO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY AND REINSTATE THEM - Campaign created by Joseph Wade
TO: OR TAMBO MAYOR NOMAKHOSAZANA METH
Dear Mayor Meth
We call on you to pay and reinstate with immediate effect the 300 OR Tambo District Municipality EPWP workers unceremoniously dismissed by your office with no reason given.
The 300 workers were never given contracts, have been laid off and promised payment by your office for over a year now.
The EPW programme has been a life-saver for most families. Just recently, the President of South Africa and his Deputy publicly stated that the EPWP will employ 6 million South Africans. How is this possible when your Municipality cannot even pay existing workers? How are their families supposed to live? When you do not pay these workers and dismiss them in this manner, it affects 300 households. The ripple effect of this escalates and exacerbates a lot of the very socio-economic problems your Municipality is fighting against.
The workers' representatives' numerous attempts at discussing this with the employer have amounted to nought. They have been without pay for almost a year. This program gives hope to so many families.