Cosatu strike: Capetonians have their say

2012-03-06 15:19
Cape Town - News24 took to the streets of the Mother City to find out what Capetonians expected from Cosatu's strike in the streets happening on Wednesday.

Many civil society organisations and unions are expected to take part in the strike against e-tolling and labour broking.

Here's what they had to say:

Mervyn Adams,35, works at private security firm
I’ve never taken part in a strike. I was here last year when the people striking were burning things and stealing. You don’t need to use violence when striking. People who strike must use proper procedure.

Carola Carstens,33, private sector
It’s inconvenient transport-wise, but I believe it’s for a good cause.

Phindile Jantjie (31), construction worker
I will definitely be striking tomorrow along with my colleagues. I was also part of the strike last year. We got a pamphlet advertising the strike at the office. I’m not sure why we are striking, but we support Cosatu.  I’m apart of NUM and we’re taking part as well.

Shahieba Bassier (54), Newspaper seller
I’m very worried about transport, but I guess I do come in very early. I work on commission, so I can’t afford to strike. Last year was terrible – I had to pay a lot of money just to get to work.

Henry Martus (49), senior security officer
I’m not taking part. I’m not even sure why people are striking. We’re all scared. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. People get killed for not taking part. Everyone has a right to strike, but if my life’s in danger I’ll start striking.

Nicole du Plessis (30), receptionist
It’s a bit of an inconvenience especially with regards to travel and safety. We have to plan alternative routes to travel to and from work.

M.S. Sater (39), building manager
I don’t mind if strikes are peaceful. There are usually so many problems when people strike. It’s a mission getting to work. Last year was total chaos.

Cecilia Williams (60), flower seller
I’m a bit scared. They broke our flowers and even broke car windows last year. We can’t stay at home, because we must make a living. Maybe we should hit them with our Proteas.

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