The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says South Africa cannot remain silent over the media crackdown happening in Zambia.
NUMSA Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said South African’s voices should shout loud and clear over the situation in Zambia.
Ms. Hlubi said the situation in Zambia is unacceptable.
“During the darkest days of apartheid, Zambians played a critical role in providing a home base for South Africans fleeing oppression. The Zambian government of that time risked major repercussions from the diabolical South African regime. It hosted the leadership of the ANC, and the SACP as well as other liberation movements. It provided accommodation, military training and other crucial support. The people of Zambia opened their homes and hearts to South Africans in peril,” she said.
She added, “It is because of this history that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) cannot ignore the situation facing media workers in that country. As a trade union we will not be silent when basic democratic principles are being violated, and workers are suffering.”
Ms. Hlubi who is also a Journalist said |as journalists and media workers in this country we have a duty to express solidarity with our comrades in Zambia and on the rest of the continent.”
“If we were unfortunate enough to find ourselves in the same position, who would speak for us? Who would rise to our defence? We have no choice. We must speak out on behalf of the Zambian people. If we truly believe in democratic values, we must be uncompromising in our condemnation of such heinous acts.”