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Rocks flew from both sides

2012-05-15 13:40

Johannesburg - The police formed a human chain by linking hands in front of Cosatu supporters to stop them from getting to DA marchers in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance protesters taking part in the march earlier took off their blue shirts in fear of being targeted by Congress of SA Trade Unions supporters.

Several journalists on the scene also said that rocks were thrown by DA’s marchers.

“I can't say who threw the first rock, but fire was returned real quick. [It was a] mutual-consent fight,” tweeted reporter Phillip de Wet.

While marching down Jorissen Street in Braamfontein, DA protesters were met head-on by Cosatu supporters wearing red T-shirts.

Journalist hit with rock

Cosatu supporters met the DA crowd head-on and stopped them from proceeding to Cosatu House.

At least two people were injured when rocks were thrown. Paramedics could not make their way through the crowd so the injured were taken out on the DA's truck.

One of the injured was Mail & Guardian journalist Nickolaus Bauer.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told the crowd they were on the same side, fighting for economic freedom.

"I felt sad that South Africans, who fought for tolerance and freedom, couldn't exercise those rights today," she said.

Rocks and broken branches littered the road.

Earlier there was a loud bang, believed to be the police firing teargas at Cosatu supporters.

‘Police unprepared’

In a statement, the DA's Kate Lorimer said there were not enough police and metro police officers present.

"The legal DA march has been met by an illegal gathering of violent Numsa and Cosatu members who are throwing bricks and stones at peaceful DA marchers," Lorimer said.

"It seems though as if the cops were unprepared and it was only after the stone throwing that the SAPS finally sent in a police vehicle to block the Cosatu attack."

Several hundred DA supporters earlier started their march at Beyers Naude Square in the city centre to protest against the union federation's opposition to the youth wage subsidy.

‘We are waiting for the DA’

DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane led the protest. The planned route was along President, Rissik, Jeppe, Sauer, Burger, Jorissen, Melle, and Simmonds streets.

Meanwhile, Cosatu supporters in red T-shirts waited outside the federation's offices.

"We are here to welcome the DA when they arrive," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

Earlier, police said the protesters could not end their march outside Cosatu House in Braamfontein. Instead it was agreed they would finish at least 50m away, on the lawns of the Joburg (formerly the Civic) Theatre.

The DA believes the youth wage subsidy will create at least 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans.

Comments
  • Gary - 2012-05-15 13:44

    This was always gonna be a fight, I hope no one else get hurt

      Gary - 2012-05-15 13:47

      but to be honest, you throw a rock at me, I'll throw it back,

      Preshen - 2012-05-15 13:53

      They should of rather made the march on the Beach

      Henri - 2012-05-15 13:54

      Cosatu wanted to welcome them, I believe this must have been Juju`s words, first meet us 50meters away, then we are welcoming you. welcoming with rocks !!!!

      Rob - 2012-05-15 13:56

      I bet Zuma and his cronies are laughing their asses off.

      Willie - 2012-05-15 14:07

      We are here to welcome the DA when they arrive," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven ........Sounds like Dingaan and Piet Retief!

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 14:08

      I'm not a DA supporter (mostly due to the attitude portrayed by the white supporters on this forum towards black people i.e. Rob and Irene). I do however feel that everybody has the right to march and Cosatu members had no right to throw rocks at them, i hope the perps will be brought to book.

      Rob - 2012-05-15 14:26

      Come on Lorain. What was racial about what I said???? You sound like the suicidal type honestly.

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 14:38

      @ Rob you never run out of racist bile to spew,it dwells in your heart.

      thurlo.cicero - 2012-05-15 14:43

      I think what everyone must remember is that COSATU and Vavi are not elected officials and therefore not in a decision making position. They, like the DA have opinions on what they think the policy should be. The Government (ANC Rule) has already agreed in making funds available for the Youth Wage subsidy, Cosatu has reservation about it. If the DA truly wanted to do something about it, they would take their fight to the Union Building/Parliament were government sits and state their case. Every party has their right to march, and no one should ever be denied of doing so. Those who hurled stones, must face the wrath of the law, whether DA or COSATU. But starting a fight with the wrong party is not only stupid but senseless, The DA should have known better.

      Gerald - 2012-05-15 14:59

      @ Lorain, If you read the article they say they don't know who threw the rocks first, either way both sides did. @ thurlo.Cicero I thought exactly the same thing, the march to cosatu house was inflammatory and more of cheap politicking than anything else. Cosatu is merely a voice and is not part of government per se. The DA should focus its energy on getting government to act, its like pac marchimg to da demanding zille to retract the refugee comment

      Robin - 2012-05-15 15:13

      wish somebody could connect vavi on the mouth with a brick! bloody rubbish!

      Jack - 2012-05-15 16:14

      WOW!!! Balanced reporting from News24!!! I can't believe my eyes - this must be some kind of dream!!!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-15 13:45

    LMAO!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 14:51

      I love it when everything turns into a mess..

      Sean - 2012-05-15 14:58

      @Poliodonkey. Yep, thats why you vote ANC.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 13:46

    Protesting - Africa Style. As the DA grows stronger, scenes like this will become more common (ref Zanu PF & MDC). COSATU is acting like a schoolyard bully. At least the DA has come up with a plan for job creation. Any suggestions Vavi? Or are you just as passive as the government in the area of job creation?

      Gary - 2012-05-15 13:49

      Vavi's suggestion, throw more rocks

      roodbol - 2012-05-15 13:59

      Sounds to me Cosatu says 'NO' on job subsidies....? One would think they will watch out for the unemployed guys who really wants to work? Isn't this what the union stands for? And yes, the DA is growing stronger by the day. A pity the ANC comrades cannot make way for some competition - says a lot about dumb people.... the're terrified to admit they don't know it all!

      Marion - 2012-05-15 14:17

      @Sharon - Pravin Gordhan came up with the idea to my knowledge, not the DA. The DA obviously just want to give COSATU their memorandum on the subject 'cos COSATU is opposing the move at NEDLAC. What happened today is disgraceful. COSATU members actually went out to confront the DA marchers instead of sitting on their doorstep waiting for them. The mere fact that they were confrontational to that extent tells me that someone in their ranks threw the first stones and DA were just returning their property to them.

      Colin - 2012-05-15 14:33

      @ Marion - Way to put a positive spin on things "Returning their property to them" Bwaaaaahahahahahaha

      bryan.culross - 2012-05-15 14:53

      U sound pathetic Sganya

  • Gigo - 2012-05-15 13:47

    I condemn the violent but what was DA doing in Jhb?I saw Mazibuko was so scared,I felt sorry for her..

      Gary - 2012-05-15 13:49

      Isn't the DA allowed in JHB???

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 13:51

      It should have gone to Union building or somewhere else..

      Piet - 2012-05-15 13:56

      Is cosatu based at the union buildings?

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 13:58

      Piet Why did you delete your racist comment about suburbs?No Cosatu is based in Jhb,but Zille was provoking them..

      Piet - 2012-05-15 14:01

      They get deleted by your Cadres at News24, and you started with the racist remarks....

      dee.shabalala - 2012-05-15 14:02

      Agreed, they should have gone to Nedlac

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:03

      Sganja I too condemn the violence, but what the hell are you doing here?

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:05

      @Kala Where?@dee.shabalala -I agree

      Smili - 2012-05-15 14:06

      Sganja YOU ARE SUCH A FOOLISH TROLL! LOOK AT WHAT YOUR ANC IS LIKE! VIVA DA!!! VIVA YOUTH OF SA! VIVA DEMOCRACY!

      SubGenius - 2012-05-15 14:07

      Braamfontein a white suburb???

      Christopher - 2012-05-15 14:09

      Oh so morons like the anc cosatu and their moranic friends are allowed to march anywhere in South africa, but the DA cannot?? They marching because of Cosatu's stupid ideals...So Sganja 1+1 = think about it....No wrong,,, that is why they marched to the cosatu's head office knumbskull!

      Gary - 2012-05-15 14:10

      Why should the DA hide from COSATU, meet them head on

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:10

      Lol @SubGenius Ask Piet,Piet knows nothing about Jhb.

      SubGenius - 2012-05-15 14:11

      I work in Braamfontein, however, usually seems more like downtown Kinshasa or Accra.

      Christopher - 2012-05-15 14:14

      Sganja keep smoking that ganja, I am sure you can fly dude...Why don't you test the Union Buildings flight terminal out. Its on the top floor(pent house) you will dig.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:16

      errr - the problem is that Cosatu is opposing the job subsidies! So the DA went to protest (EXERCISING THEIR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT) at COSATU. Why would you want to protest at one person if yo uhave an issue with the OTHER person? You must be a CHOP. Plus momerandums would have been handed over to guess who - COSATU! Lastly - Cosatu should not feel so threathened..! Shame man - they HAD to take their illegal protest to fight instead of accepting the democratic way of protesting and hand over of memorandum..!

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 14:40

      @ Sganja and dee actually it's their legal right to march where they like,dont condone violence.

      bryan.culross - 2012-05-15 14:54

      u sound pathetic Sganya

      CliveK - 2012-05-15 15:40

      Face reality, Sganja: Cosatu has the final say on labour policy, not the spineless ANC "government". And there's no way that the ANC is going to tell either of its alliance (sparring?) partners where to get off in an ANC election leadership year. Re-election in December is the only game in town for Zuma and his clique, and the country can grind to a halt, or even burn, as far as they are concerned. First Zuma & Co, second the ANC, with the country a poor third in the pecking order. Backstabbing, grandstanding and a***-licking will be the order of the day for the next seven months.

  • Piet - 2012-05-15 13:47

    Where do you get rocks from in Johannesburg CBD, Surely they must have brought them from home. Cause last I checked the whole of Braamfontein was concreted up....

      Jack - 2012-05-15 17:27

      Didn't you see the pics of all the white people with blood gushing from their foreheads? That's what happens to rocks when they hit things...poor dutchmen...

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-15 13:49

    No too unexpected. When I saw the toothless Irvin Jim frothing into a microphone barking on about them being "threatened and intimidated" it was clear that violence was on the cards. Thats how bottom feeders get their point across, by throwing stones and using violence. They don't have the intelligence to handle it any other way.

      Jack - 2012-05-15 17:28

      Janee - that's why the DA threw rocks too - because they're also bottom feeders!

      Nicholas - 2012-05-15 18:26

      you mean threw them back? If I walked up to you and spat in your face what would you do? Take your blinkers off jackblack.

  • Johana - 2012-05-15 13:49

    Message from the government: If you want to work, you will be stoned!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 13:50

    Never a dull day in SA. I knew this march was a bad idea, but I had no idea that COSATU would take it so personally.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:18

      actually the march was a good idea! Cosatu failed in a trap! The trap of not being able to contain themselves fro mviolence at the fact that a democratic right has been exercised! Proves what they stand for!

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-15 13:53

    COSATU 3 - 0 DA aluta continua

      Angelica - 2012-05-15 14:07

      sechaba thats where you are wrong

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:19

      is it 3 stone to zero? Shows where the violent african tendencies come from (to reverse-quote juju)

      Abel - 2012-05-15 14:47

      This is South Africa not Europe

      khopotso.lekhoehla - 2012-05-15 15:53

      Sechaba viva

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-15 13:54

    seriously? Shame on them given us all a bad name...

  • janine.cronje - 2012-05-15 13:54

    And nobody saw this coming? Really!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 15:09

      Coming from where?

  • James - 2012-05-15 13:58

    HEY COSATU YOU ARE BULLYS AND THUGS !!!!! BUNCH OF WARMONGERERS.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-15 13:58

    Before the march, I was made to believe (by numsa and cosatu) that this was a white vs black march,but to my surprise, i saw almost the whole of the DA marchers were black? Can someone explain this to me? I'm confused. Someone is lying here. Maybe the pictures were photoshopped : )

      Erna - 2012-05-15 14:04

      Ja, and they keep on saying that the DA is a white party.

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-15 14:08

      That is the picture that the whole Tri party allianse is trying to paint about the DA that it is a white party. In fact there are more black people voting DA than white.

      Angelica - 2012-05-15 14:17

      DA is not a white party u egg! its a party trying to get jobs for the poor in sa and they trying to make our country right again.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 14:19

      It was just another act of black-on-black violence.

      Hudayfah - 2012-05-15 14:37

      I think someone failed to spot the sarcasm

      Colin - 2012-05-15 14:40

      What a chop you are! White people don't throw stones!!! Hulle skiet kettie!

      Byron - 2012-05-15 14:43

      Maybe it's like a Chess layout where the pawns are in front and the real pieces of value are behind lol

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:45

      Yup, and they photoshopped the video as well, on the fly. You've got to love technology. Sorry, couldn't resist. :-)

  • Bambanani - 2012-05-15 13:59

    atleast now the da can also march who thought that,is just that the dont know their target how do u march for a working class organization and expect to win the next election.

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:47

      Simply math. 70% of ANC voters are unemployed according to a recent article. The DA don't need the employed vote, just the unemployed vote. Food for thought. Maybe that is why the Tripartite Alliance wants to keep the youth unemployed - more voters for them.

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-15 14:00

    DA granite stone VS Cosatu igneous rock! drama in SA!

  • thozamile.tyana - 2012-05-15 14:00

    This is not acceptable in a democratically country the perpetrators of this must be taken to the court please we cannot tolerate something like this in our country because everybody has got a right to protest....tell me if i'm wrong

      Piet - 2012-05-15 14:02

      Everybody is equal, Go on and vote ANC...

      Smili - 2012-05-15 14:10

      YOU ARE RIGHT! COSATU HAD TO CAlL IN THEIR ANC CONDOM COMRADES! THEY ARE VIOLENT! THEY MUST BE ARRESTED! AS WELL AS COSATO LEADERS WHO PROMOTED THE FIGHT!

      Themba - 2012-05-15 14:10

      Protesting and provocation are two different things. Cosatu has no power, its not government. If DA disagrees with Cosatu why threatened them. They should have debated the matter. This Zille woman is bad news, she can't accept opposition!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 14:11

      Totally agreed, The DA operatives in the peace loving Cosatu group were arrested.

      Piet - 2012-05-15 14:16

      Themba she did what you normally do and now you condemn it. Go check the oxford dictionary. Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.[1] Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. That is you Themba!!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:34

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

  • The-third - 2012-05-15 14:04

    well review the footage from the cameras in town, and find ANYONE who threw rocks and arrest the hooligans. ON BOTH SIDES.

  • Frank - 2012-05-15 14:04

    WHAT? THEY ARE FIGHTING BACK??? WELL IN THAT CASE GIVE THEM THE BIGGEST HIDING COMRADES!

      Solly - 2012-05-15 14:18

      Yes coward 'they' the true people with courage, inteligence and conviction are fighting back because 'they' have had enough of mindless, senseless and corrupt people such as 'you'....

  • Louis - 2012-05-15 14:07

    So we ask people to vote for a party different to theirs, yet the behaviour is just as bad!?

  • Sanele Kratos Fulele - 2012-05-15 14:09

    from what is being reported here, it sounds like both sides were throwing stones. there's no mention of black or white...so adding race to this incident is just plain ignorance...

  • kenela1 - 2012-05-15 14:11

    xem askies.

  • Heinrich - 2012-05-15 14:13

    Next time pick a road that has seen up keep in the last few years with less loose rocks?

  • vernsm - 2012-05-15 14:16

    Rest of the world is looking at this and saying, it was just a matter of time. Having one of the most vibrant constitutions and a window dressing democracy, this is a utter shame for the Rainbow Nation we portrayed to be. There goes the hope for the rest of Africa, as being the big brother.....no different from Sudan or Somalia. Damn

  • dncongwane1 - 2012-05-15 14:17

    I thought the DA was a white majority party, but I see blacks as majority in that march. Where r their white counterparts? How can u let the tea girls

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-15 14:19

    Helen, you rock! Vavi, you rock! This ad hoc rock amock maak my sommer bombefock.

      Felix - 2012-05-15 14:36

      nice!

  • Wayne - 2012-05-15 14:23

    If only rock throwing would become an actual job, that's would solve Cosatu's job creation problem right there.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 14:25

      Lol

  • Gareth - 2012-05-15 14:24

    I'll never understand why we have to resort to violence and attacking people during protests over a difference in political views. Also I don't understand why people are bringing race into this, this has absolutely nothing to do with race.

      Solly - 2012-05-15 14:39

      Gareth, start 'thinking' like an African then you will understand.

      Gareth - 2012-05-15 14:44

      Think like a violent racist then? Because that's how South Africa is starting to look. Everyone throwing racial slurs and attacking each other, and then trying to justify it with weak racist justifications.

      jafet.maclean - 2012-05-15 17:41

      Gareth don't read to much into the comments made on this site, it is not the reflection of the majority of south africans. These racist whites/blacks is just uncultured, uneducated and just plain morons....

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-05-15 14:25

    ZILLE COMEONE NOW

  • dncongwane1 - 2012-05-15 14:29

    The DA is really lacking a direction. Why do them march to Cosatu instead of government? If Cosatu can say ok DA you are right, what could they achieve on that becoz Cosatu is no the decision makers of this country but the government is. Even the E-Tolls march did not go to Luthuli House. Is there anything they want to achieve with this march? Cosatu itself is holding their own marches

      Adrian Jack - 2012-05-15 14:40

      Then u don't know why the DA were marching. Don't rush to condemn their march. U think all those educated DA crew would march without think again.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 14:47

      @dncongwane1 - “We have heard the views of the labour in this regard, that they have some design concerns. “Amongst the primary concerns of some of the labour movement is the substitution effect Ä that businesses could employ younger inexperienced workers, get the subsidy and displace older workers.” Gordhan said it was a genuine concern and his department undertook to address it in the way it designed the subsidy. This had been under discussion at Nedlac for months, he added, and at the most recent meeting in early February, National Treasury urged members to resolve the issue. “At that meeting we indicated that at some stage soon the talking must stop and we must decide whether we can reach agreement on a redesigned subsidy, or mechanism, or incentive which will ensure that the state incentivises employment within the private sector, but also in the social sector where that might be appropriate.” Asked for comment, Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven said the trade union federation remained resolutely opposed to the subsidy, and reiterated its concern that it would prompt employers “to retrench older workers”. http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/gordhan-impatient-on-youth-wage-subsidy-1.1242675

      dncongwane1 - 2012-05-15 15:10

      But the decision to implement it lies with the government

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:52

      It's called the TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE for a reason, you ignoramus. OF COURSE COSATU have a major say, without having to campaign for a single vote. COSATU has far more say than any and all ANC voters combined.

  • Sango - 2012-05-15 14:30

    I guess its fine when some people much for economic freedom. But some can not, bloody cosatu agents.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 14:31

    eh eh , so now Lindiwe Mazibuko in an economic freedom fighter ? " DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told the crowd they were on the same side, fighting for economic freedom. "

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 15:41

      Juju has a future in the DA mos

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:53

      Yes. Your point?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-16 08:13

      my point is judging by yesterday's protest it seems the DA has adopted some ANCYL moves , I saw people wearing blue shirts flashing their bums at Cosatu ouens

  • Jenny - 2012-05-15 14:34

    And so it continues - the battle of Good against Evil. You go DA - you're SA's last hope. Onward brave DA supporters (who are not made of mostly white people) as ANC and Cosatu would like us to believe!

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2012-05-15 14:36

    What a story it would have made, if Helen Zile was hit by one of the stones... *just a thought*

  • Mc - 2012-05-15 14:41

    The blacks were doing the marching on behalf of the DA, whites know nothing about marching.

      Adrian Jack - 2012-05-15 14:48

      You are racist minded.

      Mc - 2012-05-15 14:51

      Be realistic, look at the pics.

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:53

      What is the point of your comment? What value have you added? Empty vessels make the most noise.

  • Bongani - 2012-05-15 14:41

    Talk of record breaking. In my life i have never ever heard of a political party matching against the views of another party unless that party is the government of the day.I honestly think DA should have matched to Department of labour to insist wage subsidy to be implemented. I wonder if they will match to PAC offices if they say they do not want wage subsidy at its current form?

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:55

      COSATU is blocking it. TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE? Fork in hell, do none of the ANC supporters understand this concept? Gees, it is really not that hard to comprehend.

  • sizwe.nyembe - 2012-05-15 14:41

    DA is playing a psychological game and this was properly planned from the begining. It doesn't make sense to march to COSATU who do not make policies, COSATU is not government but an ally of the policy making party. The idea was to be confrotational with COSATU so as to provoke it so that when it reacts accordingly it could be protrayed as a union of holigans the majority of whom happen to be black.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 14:52

      COSATU may not make policies, but they sure as hell know how to stone-wall the GOVERNMENT'S OWN POLICIES. The youth wage is an ANC-led government initiative, not a DA initiative. The DA are just trying to get COSATU to a point of agreement as I see it. NEDLAC isn't resolving the situation because COSATU is the obstacle.

      Mbulelo - 2012-05-15 15:28

      da and their handlers are ill advised if they think they are going to get away with this aggressive and confrontational approach to politics in South Africa. Two or more sides can play at this sort of a game. If they want mass protests at their offices as is is happening in KZN, they are going to get them. They have now opened a pandor's box.

      sizwe.nyembe - 2012-05-15 16:07

      Marion, if \the DA is trying to get to an agreement with COSATU as you see it\ it should have convened a meeting with the top executive of COSATU and when they don't reach an agreement, it is then that 'the DA' would march to the ANC headquarters and not to the COSATU headquarters. 'The DA' is trying to use vulnerable blacks, especially Africans, to advance the white supremacy over blacks.

  • Ingeborgh Botha - 2012-05-15 14:42

    Typical they always use rocks poor animals

      pws69 - 2012-05-15 20:57

      No Kensong, Blackberries. The British government is now so scared they want an internet "kill switch" just like Obama is getting. No jokes. Check it out.

  • jowza1 - 2012-05-15 14:42

    I agree with your sentiments lorain

  • Adrian Jack - 2012-05-15 14:47

    I just noticed most blacks are condemning the DA simply because its led by a whitey despite the fact that the major beneficiaries are blacks. What a shame.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:48

      Its because all anyone seems to care about is the colour of a persons skin

  • kasamkelo - 2012-05-15 14:47

    Lets have a stone fight event and see the winner, it seems both parties were ready to rock.

  • Lambert - 2012-05-15 14:48

    Always the police, hey, get a life! All Blacks Red Team against All Blacks Blue Team

      thembinkosi.maseko.5 - 2012-05-15 15:31

      setup against each other by a white lady in cape town

  • Kliphart - 2012-05-15 14:50

    wow sick society....INTOLERANCE?

  • Raditshaba - 2012-05-15 14:50

    hahahaha back to the 70s

  • Sean - 2012-05-15 15:04

    I hope that the footage of the anti democratic COSATU thugs throwing rocks at peacefull marchers makes it to CNN. I'm sure the rest of the civilised world would like to see the racist thugs that run SA.

  • Moroamadile - 2012-05-15 15:10

    The barbaric culture of throwing stones or rather making rocks fly from all directions, of racketeering, stupidity, lack-of-foresight, ill-mannered, inconsiderate and boorish continues. U cannot contain a boiling pot forever ... Sadly I saw this one coming!!!

  • Andile - 2012-05-15 15:11

    Nxa sell outs!!!The DA march should be predominantly white. Where are they in this march???

      Gareth - 2012-05-15 15:14

      Why do you feel the need to bring race into this?

  • thembinkosi.maseko.5 - 2012-05-15 15:20

    where were the white DA suporters, even helen dicided to send her tea lady to fight for her.

  • CliveK - 2012-05-15 15:28

    I am sorry that the march went ahead and even sorrier that DA supporters sunk to Cosatu's level by retaliating; it was just what the Cosatu thugs (rent-a-mob?) wanted. The cause was just, but it was always going to end this way, given the intolerance of the ANC alliance. Our fragile democracy takes another blow to the head; how much longer can it remain standing? Predictably, no word from our so-called national leaders.

  • Rohann - 2012-05-15 15:31

    The white DA supporters are working so that they can pay for your housing, electricity, clean water, education, repairing infrastructure ext ext.

  • evelyn.makhubela - 2012-05-15 15:33

    Rocks in the city?