The following remarks were delivered today by Herman Mashaba, President of ActionSA, at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). IRMSA is the Professional Body for Risk Management in South Africa.
Over 2 million South Africans have lost gainful employment in 2020, and with it the means to provide for their families and improve their lives. It is disgraceful that while many close to government have come out of the lockdown as COVID-millionaires, over 2 million more South Africans have come out of it without a job.
We regard the IEC to have acted irrationally in their decision. We submit that our identifying features remain sufficiently different from the Party of Action (POA), a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering. As a matter of fact, POA changed their name on social media platforms the day after the launch of ActionSA to Party of Action SA – seemingly to make their case for similarity.
The Chief Inspector of Mines appeared on SABC Morning Live today, denying that the Department had ever made a statement about the container being irretrievable. He claimed the Department has been in regular contact with the families and defended the NPA’s inaction in implementing the prosecutions recommended in the 2017 report.
We will achieve a court order instructing the DMRE, to retrieve that container!
When I launched ActionSA I spoke about the idea of the good, law-abiding and hard-working majority in our country, the people who form the majority and yet have been silenced by our politics.