The Congress of South African
Trade Unions was among the several political organizations present at the
Boycott Pharrell Williams and Woolworths campaign.
Nehawu Provincial Secretary in
the Western Cape Luthando Nogcinisa, said that as part of the world-wide
progressive movement, his union organization owes allegiance to all oppressed
people of the world.
Nogcinisa added that this is
because non-South African organizations had aided COSATU’s own anti-Apartheid
“I hope that Pharrell Williams
can find common ground with the oppression in Palestine and rethink his
partnership with Woolworths,” Nogcinisa said.
He explained that, Pharell
should know better, especially as a black artist, because black people in
America have a history of slavery and oppression.
“So we think he should stop
whatever he is doing currently”, Nogcinisa concluded.
Meanwhile, Many of the
protestors were minors.
One passionate group of high
school students from Khayelitsha were able to sympathize with the plight of
The students said they still
like Pharrell’s music and his celebrity personality, but would not be attending
his concert due to his affiliation with Woolworths.
The students emphasised that
they are not against Pharell but are against what he is doing with Woolworths
“He should support us, he
knows what it is like in South
Africa”, one student said.
Labels: COSATU present at the Boycott Pharrell and Woolworths campaign