The EE National Council recently resolved not to join the United Front at this time. On 4 November 2014 EE’s Chairperson Yoliswa Dwane and General Secretary Brad Brockman wrote to NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim to explain this as follows:
“On 18 October, EE’s National Council met and resolved that … at this stage we do not want to formally join the United Front… However, we would like to remain engaged with the United Front and are open to working together with the coalition on particular projects. We also would like to continue working with NUMSA and the NUMSA Youth Forum, including at community level.”
We have accepted the invitation to present our work at the United Front Preparatory Assembly in that spirit.
Equal Education is deeply concerned about the growing class inequalities in South Africa. These cannot be overcome unless there is a united movement of the poor and working class undertaking principled action on the basis of sound analysis. Closer cooperation between community organisations, social movements and trade unions is therefore needed. Solidarity between the struggles of workers and poor communities in both urban and rural areas is vital.