Ian Davidson, Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliace posted the following article on the DA Newsroom this morning:

In playing for time to serve their own political agenda, the unions have demonstrated a serious misunderstanding of the far-reaching economic consequences of this strike. The greatest cost, of course, will most certainly be that the increased wage demands, which were made on a government fiscus that was already over-burdened and over extended, will see the government having to source the funds elsewhere. Inevitable, this shall have far-reaching effects for the budget allocations for departments that actually endeavor to provide South Africans with the most basic service.

To cut a long story short: the unions demands are already costing jobs in the here and now; if they push through their demands they will cost this country jobs in the future too. The supposed victory for the workers declared today by SADTU president, Thobile Ntola, is tragically a pyrrhic one, both for present and future workers. The increased government wage bill effectively means government has fewer funds to hire more people and roll out crucial services to the greater populace. Indeed, it is the latter who have been and will continue to be the biggest victims of this strike at the hands of the unions. Whatever the immediate victory, in the end, the short-sightedness of the unions shall only mean long-term defeat for many South Africans.

I would like to emphasise the closing statement: Whatever the immediate victory, in the end, the short-sightedness of the unions shall only mean long-term defeat for many South Africans.”

It’s rather sad watching the country in which I was born slowly degenerating at the hands of those that should never have been put in charge. No, this is not a racist statement, in fact I am emigrating to a country with a black president. Regardless of skin colour, those who are currently in charge of making important decisions here in South Africa are doing a terrible job and I am ashamed of being a South African citizen. I cannot wait to get out of this country! America shall be my new home. The restrained dawn strains behind the crowd.

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