While national figures on rhino poaching went down in 2018 it increased in Mpumalanga, according to the deaprtment of environmental affairs.
He said last year members had to duck rubber bullets from cops but this time around they will simply file court papers than marching to gates of big companies.
PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla plans to reshape how the movement previously operated – this time meeting their opponents in court.
Sgudla said PRET has a “group of funders” who have vowed to put up everything for the movement to deliver on its mandate of practical radical economic transformation to the marginalised and are not prepared to disappoint them.
“PRET is going to start to be the friends of the courts,” Sgudla said.
“All these giant companies that you see we will take them to court,” the wealthy businessman said.
“That’s what we will do from now,” he said.
He said the organisation will set aside millions of rands to pay legal costs to meet giant companies and the government in court over issues of community development.
He added they will also use the Chapter 9 bodies, like the Public Protector, to fight radical economic transformation battles and marching to the gates of big companies will no longer be the solution.
The group marched to the gates of various corporates, including Sasol and RCL Foods last year.
Recently, cops had to fire rubber bullets when a march to the Kusile power station in Delmas organised by Sgudla and co-leader Sunday Mathebula turned chaotic.
The two led the march to demand jobs and skills development from the Eskom power station.
Thursday last week, they addressed a press briefing at The Ridge Casino in eMalahleni and outlined their visions for 2018.
Sgudla said they have recorded 1.1 million members since their launch in March 2017 at the Witbank Dam and anybody who claimed to represent the unemployed “more than us” must show the numbers.
He said their main struggle centres on the need to create jobs for the unemployed.
“The most important thing that frustrated us is the issue of unemployment. You see these children falling into drugs is because of unemployment. They say to us they don’t like what they are doing but say ‘give us jobs we will quit’,” Sgudla said.
(edited by MLM)
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