The Free State’s second largest city, Welkom, was witness to a step towards transformation as members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) took part in the Union’s national socio-economic protest on 20 March 2018.  Members from the Free State and the Northern Cape provinces braved the wet weather and converged in their thousands to hand over AMCU’s memorandum of demands to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). Led by the Union’s General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele, AMCU regalia-donned members marched from the Toyota Circle to the Matjhabeng Municipality Central Park, where they were met by the DMR’s regional manager Azwi Mulaudzi. Comrade Mphahlele read over the memorandum before signing it and handing it over to Mulaudzi.“We  have taken hands and marched for the plight of our comrades, the thousands of workers who have lost their jobs at the cruel hands of capitalist profits.  The bosses have always had the power, and the workers are always the targets of exploitation.” He continued, “the South African labour legislative regime further allows companies to retrench workers, in order to maximise profit. Profit is therefore more important than workers. Often labour is seen as a mere commodity and a statistic that can be shifted to balance the company books.  Capitalist bosses do not have an obligation to the nation to create and sustain jobs. They owe their allegiance to their directors and foreign investors. They will do anything, including cutting down employment numbers in order to meet shareholder interests.”