The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is planning a national shutdown to respond to escalating food, electricity and fuel costs.

SAFTU General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is encouraging South Africans to turn up in their numbers to speak out.

Vavi says the current state of the country is not the freedom that people should be celebrating.

“We cannot allow our country to be at the doorstep of a failed state as we have seen in Zimbabwe and other countries. As I speak to you now we are load shed. We get load shed three to four times a day. We are losing our country and if we don’t stand up now and start a process of unifying, all those who disagree with this path that has been travelled for the past 28 years, we will follow Zimbabwe.

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