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Heavy police presence ahead of strike in Joburg

2012-03-07 09:46

Johannesburg - There was a heavy police presence at Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg's CBD on Wednesday ahead of the widely supported Cosatu nationwide protest.

While throngs of media set up satellite vans and camera equipment, red T-shirt clad members toyi-toyied up and down Simmonds street - some of them holding vuvuzelas and others knobkerries. One woman had even brought her guitar along for the march.

Supporters held placards reading: "Phantsi registrar of medical schemes phants" and "you must serve the people, not profits".

Another said: "I gave up beer because of labour brokers."

Hawkers were also capitalising on the event, selling fruit, cigarettes, chips and chocolates.

Maroza Hogana, a salesperson who works at Telkom, arrived at the march in a suit and held a poster which read:" Middle class overtaxed. Life unaffordable."

"I have a meeting at 11:00 but I have to be here to support," he told Sapa.

He said he supported the banning of labour brokers and e-tolling.

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Comments
  • wcslater - 2012-03-07 09:59

    I wonder where ohannesburg is...

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-07 10:03

      Lol sounds like it somewhere in Namibia

      Darryl - 2012-03-07 10:03

      LOL - it is the new official name

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-07 10:22

      I think we are what they use for spell checkers on this site lol

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-07 10:33

      It's actually fairly close to retoria (shwane as they like to call it).

      Klaus - 2012-03-07 10:37

      They stolen, liberated J

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-07 10:02

    "I gave up beer because of labour brokers." Lmfao sorry but that just cracked me up

  • patrickflynn73 - 2012-03-07 10:11

    Hope the Police are well stocked up on rubber bullets incase it gets out of hand....

      Skuiter - 2012-03-07 10:27

      hope they stocked up on real ammo too....

  • Klaus - 2012-03-07 10:36

    Re Labour Brokers, why doesn't COSATU "employ" all those unemployables, pay them a percentage of what potential employers would have to pay, obviously less Union Fees, and see what happens ?!

      Klaus - 2012-03-07 10:39

      missed & farm them out to potential Employers

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-07 10:50

      Cosatu is a political organization and not an institution owning means of production. Understand that Labour Brokers can not and are not creating employment but contracts that profits them through abuse and exploitation of workers. Employment/positions exist and are created by institutions based on requirement and industrial need. Those positions will exist even after labour brokers are banned unless you can prove their existence in such institutions are dependent on labour brokers

      epxaba - 2012-03-07 10:58

      That’s my view please your mentality is 77 times dead, you must understand why people they don't like Labour brokers, I was also a victim of these industry for such a long time..they misled the contents of job spec, they don't know who to be hired for the job, actual they don't even know about the job that they specialise to recruit, in that manner it's better for the poor to go and face the HR people and explain clear to them that what she/he can do than to tell somebody to speak on your behalf probable not an interest, then HR people then they will see whether there’s a need for the development or not…I hate puppet labour broker , they must have go & look a job for themself

      Paul - 2012-03-07 10:59

      Yip - I'm now stuck between supporting the march/strike against the e-tolls but as far as labour broking is concerned I'm all for people getting at least a day or two's wages instead of none. In a country with official unemployment @ 26% (probably higher though) and government grants being given to 16 million people, surely a days work is better than none and allows a person to take home some money to feed their family? The horrendous labour laws here have caused the need for labour brokering so its a catch 22 that this ANC led government have created, and our people are stuck between a rock (human rights) and a hard place (the right to employment). Many small business owners don't want to employ people any longer, they can't afford all the admin, taxes and fees that come with the employee. Its a pity COSATU placed a double-agenda on this march/strike and had to add the labour-broker issue to the e-toll saga. Couldn't they find enough people to support them just of the e-tolls today and run a separate process for the other???

      Klaus - 2012-03-07 11:47

      Mr Malope, what stops COSATU from putting their money where their mouth is and do something constructive for a change, provide training, work, at competitive prices

  • epxaba - 2012-03-07 11:01

    That’s my view please your mentality is 77 times dead, you must understand why people they don't like Labour brokers, I was also a victim of these industry for such a long time..they misled the contents of job spec, they don't know who to be hired for the job, actual they don't even know about the job that they specialise to recruit, in that manner it's better for the poor to go and face the HR people and explain clear to them that what she/he can do than to tell somebody to speak on your behalf probable not an interest, then HR people then they will see whether there’s a need for the development or not…I hate puppet labour broker , they must have to look a job for themself

  • Klaus - 2012-03-07 11:44

    i am now over 65, being self-employed for nearly 20 years, started employment - apprentice at 15 years of age, employed & working all my live, never un employed, never a union member - i don't like the work, move on, i don't like the money, move on-no one owes you anything, you sell your know how and labour to the highest bidder / employer, no hard feelings

      Bongani - 2012-03-07 12:26

      i think you did not take your medication.

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-07 13:23

      Sir Klaus kindly read Cde Bongani's reply and say what you make of it. Lolest!

      Garth - 2012-03-07 14:48

      Don't you just laugh at little-minds with delusions of grandeur that affix monikers such as Mr. or Pharaoh or King to their nom de plumes?

  • Tony - 2012-03-07 14:49

    The police presence didn't help 2 of my workers getting to work, do I have to pay them now?

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