The Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliates welcome the decisive intervention by the Minister of Higher Education and Training to deal with the transformation of the University of Potchefstroom campus.
We congratulate the minister for taking action against the University Council resolution not to publish the task team report which criticised the council and their friends who led racism at the campus against workers and poor students who come from the African working class.
We are happy that the minister established a task team that exposed the real racism and the need for a proper urgent transformation program of the university at the Potchefstroom campus.
We commend minister Blade Nzimande for accepting the task team recommendations and implementing them as they are. The Council has failed the department for not being able to lead a program of transformation due to being heavily influenced by racist attitudes from some Council members.
As COSATU we led a march against racism and racial attitudes that were prevailing against our members. Some of those workers were dismissed for exposing racism at that institution which is supposed to help our government to transform society and lead a reconciliation program.
We congratulate the minister’s task team for also not allowing itself to be divided during its investigation and focusing on their mandate from the minister.
We call on the minister to take action against anyone who may be implicated in delaying transformation or those who are implicated in leading racial programs on campus.
We call on the current management under Prof Kgwadi to reinstate all workers who were dismissed for exposing racism on that campus and all workers must be allowed to join the union of their choice, not only the union led by white people.
As workers in the NW we join the SACP, YCL and the HETN to support the minister and his task team to deal with the program of transformation and ensure that the task team’s recommendations are known by everyone, including the racist people at the Potchefstroom campus.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions