- A controversial social media post dealt with the issue of the strike at South African Airways (SAA)
- It featured a speech made by the former president of Singapore as he explained his zero tolerance approach when he faced a similar crisis
- The costly strike is reportedly impacting the airline by R50 million per day and South Africans are calling for decisive action
President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government are faced with a crisis within South African Airways (SAA).
The embattled state-owned airline has had its fair share of financial woes and the recent strike action is said to cost in excess of R50 million per day.
In light of this critical issue, a hard-hitting video has been trending via social media.
The video was shared by Twitter user Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) and it features a speech made by former president of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.
Kuan Yew details how he faced a similar crisis while at the helm and the approach he took to achieve resolution.
He explained that he arranged a face-to-face meeting with the pilots and offered them two choices - either stop the "intimidation" or continue and be taught a lesson.
Kuan Yew threatened to scrap the airline and start on a clean slate with the help of his citizens.
The no-nonsense strategy worked and the strike action was averted.
Abramjee included the twitter handles of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the presidency and urged them to take note of the video.
Briefly.co.za noted the strong reaction as the tweet had a polarising effect.
Phillmfunda (@philhajphil) poured cold water on the radical idea:
"This was an authoritarian state with all the rules belonging to the president, it can't happen in a democratic state like South Africa."
Alastair McAlpine (@AlastairMcA30) supported the more aggressive approach:
"I hope the unions are stared down and broken. They wield far too much power and have campaigned against the national interest for too long."
However, Sibilanga (@TsibinkiGP) supported the union and workers:
"I support the union on this one because people have demonised organised labour to an extent that the SOE'S always gets away with murder. Blame SAA for chronic mismanagement and corruption instead of unions trying to fight for innocent people."
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