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Zille must go: Nehawu

2012-05-16 18:22

Johannesburg - Nehawu has called for the resignation of Helen Zille as Western Cape premier and the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance.

"She is not fit to hold office," said National Education Health and Allied Workers Union spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, in a statement on Wednesday.

"She must take responsibility for all the damaged property in the Johannesburg CBD, and the blood of innocent people that was spilt yesterday."

On Tuesday, police used teargas and water cannons to disperse Congress of SA Trade Union members who stopped the DA from protesting outside its headquarters.

The DA wanted Cosatu to stop stonewalling a government youth wage subsidy which it believed would create thousands of new jobs for young people.

Rocks and pieces of cement were thrown into the crowd during Zille's speech and a DA member was seriously injured.

'Stoned and shot at'

Nehawu condemned the violence and damage of property during the march.

"Workers who gathered in Braamfontein to defend the federation were stoned by the [DA] rent-a-crowd and were also shot at by the police," said Pamla.

"The DA, with their bricks and stones, damaged several cars and hurt many people," he alleged.

He urged those who were injured to send their medical bills to Zille.

"They must take full responsibility for the actions of their rented-mob..."

DA spokesperson Musi Maimane said Nehawu was "clearly trying to deflect the blame for the violence that Cosatu members directed towards DA members".

He said DA members were participating in a legal march that was sanctioned by the Johannesburg metro police, while Cosatu's gathering was illegal and "intended to disrupt the DA's march".

"The whole of South Africa knows that Nehawu and Cosatu are trying to protect the interests of their members, whilst the DA is fighting for the rights of the unemployed," he said.

He said the youth wage subsidy would create 420 000 jobs.

"Nehawu is simply grandstanding... their comments are nonsensical."

Comments
  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-16 18:27

    The ANC and their henchmen will be soley responsible if and when a civil war errupts in South Africa. It's the African way.

      Smili - 2012-05-16 18:38

      Sizwe Pamla,? Who are you? A NOBODY! Your opinion is skewed... you and COSATU cronies must be arrested for staging an illegal strike and inciting violence.... Your thugs attacked the youth of SA with your permission... DOWN WITH VAVI, COSATU, Sizwe, and Nehawu... You have betrayed the youth, the country and democracy!

      Peter - 2012-05-16 19:24

      What i love is the fact that the more they try to make the DA look like the bad guys the worse they make themselves look. he facts are their for all to see. 1) Policy has been around since october 2009, announced by the president in 2010 and Da started campaigning for it in 2010 as well. 2) ANC policy that the DA agrees with but is blocked by Cosatu a non government organization 3) DA march was legal, Cosatus was not. 4)DA can march where ever they want yet Cosatu think they have the right to choose which parts of the constitution they wish to follow. 4) Cosatu started the violence 5) Only DA members have been injured there has been no proof otherwise 6) The DA has the right to take them to court 7) By saying that the DA should have known it was going to happen those people accept that in this day and age its "OK" for certain groups to be violent and we must just accept it. 8) Cosatu want more jobs for people yet they stop 420 000 people from earning a salary for the past 2-3 years. I can go all night lol

      Smili - 2012-05-16 19:34

      SizwePamla NEHAWU Mouthpiece,Plebeian,Polemicist, Freethinker and Drinker nonpareil SAYS IT all... from their twitter acount...

      Andrew - 2012-05-16 19:53

      @surfer..It wasn't the ANC. The ANC and the DA agree on this issue!! It was clearly COSATU supporters!! The problem is that paradoxically the COSATU supporters vote ANC. The ANC is now very silent and confused as to what to say next!! African politics at it's best!!!

      Alf - 2012-05-16 20:51

      Isn't this great? COSATU and the Union Hooligans disrupt a peaceful march and attack innocent people and then blame those people for the injuries and damage caused by the Union rent-a crowd! About time COSATU and its affiliates find a place where they can rent a brain!

      Andrew - 2012-05-16 20:58

      @tsotsi...I'm not sure what is meant the African way...I hope it is not like the Syrian way or the Russian way or the Chinese way or the American way or the Australian way!!! Viva Africa!!!

      Boer - 2012-05-16 22:33

      Barbaarse wetters in asgatlaagte.

      Holdanigono - 2012-05-17 00:32

      @tsotsi - what's the deal with using a hash tag in the comments- do you think it will trend here? #lol

      Koos - 2012-05-17 00:36

      We haven't had stone throwing in Australia for some time now. We prefer to put all the stones on a ship and sell it to China.

  • eil33nn - 2012-05-16 18:33

    Omw...brainfart... The DA was there legally, that should be enough...

      Press - 2012-05-16 19:05

      What a bandwith challenged bunch this so-called NEHAWU is - surely it follows logically that if Zille is fit to hold a stone she is fit to hold an office . . .

      Sharon - 2012-05-16 19:06

      If the unions start calling for Helen's resignation, it is an endorsement that she is doing a great job! Keep it up, Helen, they are getting worried...

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-16 18:38

    interest groups are living up to their name.... protecting their "interest"...... it really is a CLASS BATTLE... hahahah Carl Marx saw this 100 of years ago. Se

      Tony - 2012-05-16 18:46

      This is not a class battle. If you were there you would have seen and spoken to people of all classes in the DA procession. This is a battle between thugs and civilised people. No prize for guessing who is who.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-05-16 18:55

      This can't be classified as a class battle, because its a fight between proletariats, people of the same class. The bourgeoisies are watching from the stands.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-16 19:00

      All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal -animal farm by george orwell

      Simnikiwe - 2012-05-16 19:03

      Marx held the optimistic view that the working class would bend together and overthrow the capitalist system, this is not the case here. In this case the working class is attackin each other. Youth vs Older workers.

      Odicito - 2012-05-16 19:24

      Class battle? cosatu has NO class!

      esethu3 - 2012-05-16 19:58

      i'm trying to see how this is not a class battle....... One of the comments mentioned that the same class is fighting... The Older workers and the youth.... True..... who are the people influencing this fight? the Rich Upper Class (Nehawu, Cosatu and to some extend the DA elites) COSATU is protecting its Interest: On the otherhand the DA is also protecting its interest (POLITICAL POINTS) Party funding for the DA here is also important and it might have influenced the March... I am sure BUSINESSES are behind the whole Idea of the WAGE SUBSIDIES... the DA is funded by these Businesses ( we will never know their names). I know I know: The DA in this case is fighting for the Unemployed.... Why 1 They want to see the youth working 2 They want to gain Political points from the Youth and other sympathetic South Africans 3 The party has to run election campaigns and they are supper expensive ---->Private Companies secretly fund them( So the DA in its self is protecting its own interest) The people being played here its us the Proletariat. The YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY is a good idea. YES.... for WHO? the YOUTH.... if its implemented who tends to lose? Still the older proletariat who wont be proffered by employers... Now you see a Fight between the working Class and the unemployed youth. Obviously in this case the BAD-GUY is COSATU which is preventing the ANC led government to proceed with this policy. But lets ask ourselves; Is COSATU protecting their own interest alone?

      Byron - 2012-05-16 20:06

      @Simnikiwe - exactly, the proletarians are but mere pawns on both ends facing off and advancing one square at a time while the Kings and Queens are flanked by Bishops, Knights and Rooks in the safety behind the wall of footsoldiers

      Joanne - 2012-05-16 22:06

      Yes ESETHU_HASANE - Karl Marx saw it from the comfort of London.If they are going to block plan for youth employment, a few million SA youth would like to hear the practical plan they have instead. It's not enough to shout NO NO all the time - it's an unsuccessful method of negotiation or planning.

  • Mazimba - 2012-05-16 18:42

    Cosatu wants the unemployed to get jobs. Cosatu blocks an effort that will allow the unemployed to get jobs. Vavi I don't understand what you want anymore. #Confused

      Peter - 2012-05-16 19:26

      Im confused as well, 420 000 people could have been earning a salary for the last 2-3 years

      Clive - 2012-05-16 19:50

      It's farking simple; the proposed jobs will not attract union fees. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Joanne - 2012-05-16 22:07

      When it stopped being about workers and became about political power - that's when it stopped making sense.

  • Matt - 2012-05-16 18:48

    NEHAWU seems to lack an intelligence chip. They threatened before the march even started and the tv footage is blatant. These idiots dont understand what democracy even means. The backtrack like children.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-16 18:49

    As I pointed out before.....they are going to target Zille more and more...it should be a compliment....if Zille was nothing to be concerned about...they would ignore her...if COPE started to show signs of increased membership...the anc would start propaganda on them. Iv'e never read such a false twisted report...all lies....this is getting ugly. Stand strong DA.

      Christelle - 2012-05-16 19:29

      You are so right. Th ANC and their cronies are starting to worry. Africa's Iron Lady is about to pull the carpet from under their feet!!!

      Byron - 2012-05-16 20:53

      *bleat* *bleat*

      Joanne - 2012-05-16 22:09

      Luckily for Nehawu/Cosatu they get plenty of airtime online. There's five tripartite alliance reports to every one of any other party.

  • carpejugulim - 2012-05-16 18:50

    Of course she should resign and it's all her fault ... NOT!!! Just because her views and ideas could possibly bring some form of respite to the youth's jobmarket and possibly ease the stranglehold that the trade unions have she is branded as wrong. Sizwe it's people like you with your train of thought that keep SA in the dark ages, look forward and move on. Accept some form of responsibility or provide a better solution

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-16 18:50

    Sheesh . . .not an ounce of sense nor truth

      Bobby - 2012-05-17 07:31

      Lots of sense of humor though.

  • rithin.sewsunker - 2012-05-16 18:52

    Nehawu, this must be the dumbest crap I heard uttered since Malema last opened his mouth. Get a brain and a life. Eish.

  • Mazimba - 2012-05-16 18:55

    Cosatu wants the unemployed to get jobs. Cosatu blocks an effort that will allow the unemployed to get jobs. Vavi I don't understand what you want anymore. #Confused

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 19:31

      Don't think they explained to him what he actually want as well.

      John - 2012-05-16 20:04

      You see everyone gets confused about unions, they are not interested in the unemployed, they don't pay union dues, they will only fight for the employed, one of the reasons we have the worst employment rules in the world. Where else in the world can you not sack a crook or complete incompetent. You have only to look at the government.

  • Peter - 2012-05-16 19:02

    "shot at by the police" next joke please

  • rudo.vuuren - 2012-05-16 19:05

    Wat 'n klug...

  • Ian - 2012-05-16 19:06

    Nehawu must go! Zille for COSATU president.

      Kenny - 2012-05-17 09:23

      VIVA ZILLE!!!!!!!!

  • Tsietsi - 2012-05-16 19:08

    None of this would have happened if COSATU just accepted the memorandum.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-05-16 19:27

      Anti-Revolutionary imperialist capitalist racist ageist classist tendencies. But on a serious note, I agree. But, them accepting anything but bribes is rather far-fetched.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-16 19:10

    Ziswe Palma another elitist unionist leech stealing from the youth of South Africa and living the high life on the contributions of the working class, has she ever done a days honest work, nothing to contribute, she claims to be the Queen of the working class and professes to control the workers and claims she is one of the owners of the working class. She must go, out the back door, like Vavi, her speeches waste the time of working South Africans, she has contributed nothing for the workers, nothing for the unemployed, nothing for South Africa, what does she get paid for...... Nonsense speeches, she thinks she has power, and what is it with her all of a sudden she is prancing like a chicken, probably afraid that ZARS is about to knock on her door too to see if her taxes are up to date. Did Vavi allow her out of the kitchen. enemy of the unemployed, enemy of the youth, member of the union leeches foundation.

      Clive - 2012-05-16 19:52

      Learn to communicate you horse's ass

  • Natanya - 2012-05-16 19:11

    How funny when its the ANC that strikes and brings the country to a standstill its okay. But dare another party do anything within opposition of them they are declared unfit and unruly. Seriously the ANC reeks of a party unfit to rule.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 19:14

    I am sure these people are on pot or something. May be pool asid.

  • Ro - 2012-05-16 19:17

    A hole - thats the best I can offer

  • anton.behrens - 2012-05-16 19:18

    how stupid or idiotic can you be???? It was a legal strike! Cosatus confronted and attacked the marchers! Now HZ must step down? Cosatu strikes illegaly, costng the country billions and no1 says anythng? Lmao Nehawu, you need to step down

  • Odicito - 2012-05-16 19:23

    Cant nehawu go play in the traffic?

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-05-16 19:23

    Now that is very democratic you bunch of idiots.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 19:25

    Better all of them should start growing brains. It took 18 years to this stage. Eish... For the next 18

  • Joe - 2012-05-16 19:26

    And so says the spokesman for; among others, the National Health and Education Union. Tell this to all of the school kids in the Eastern Province who are suffering because of a strike action by their teachers. A strike orchestrated by this union. Surely a youth wage subsidy is something that this lot should be supporting, considering that they are instrumental in seeing to it that the kids are not getting a decent education.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-16 19:36

      what education?

  • Ruan Lombard - 2012-05-16 19:29

    Nehawu, what idiots!

  • Smell - 2012-05-16 19:32

    Zille not fit to hold office? Who are we comparing her too? The Western Cape is the only part of South Africa that is properly governed.

  • Lionel - 2012-05-16 19:34

    This is a joke right? It has to be. Because if it isn't, then Mr.Nehawu thinks the average South African is to stupid to think for themselves. He is then implying that the average Soouth African cannot work out that the DA had the legal right to march. He is saying we are too darn idiotic to understand that Cosatu members were there unexpectedly and illegally. He thinks that his own party members won't work out that he is blowing smoke. If I was part of his party, I would be very offended. I have a novel idea for south african politics.talk about the issues and not the person. How about our politicians stop acting like little children on the bloody playground. We have serious issues and statements like this is wasting our time and our money.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-16 19:34

    R800 million pocketed by the eastern cape government members. Not a peep was heard from you lot. DA have a legal march and the whole lot of you cry fowl. Something doesn't add up. The gravy train is to yummy to let go, you will defend it even if blood is to be shed. Greed has torn away the last ounce of honour you had. Disgusted.

  • jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-16 19:35

    Sizwe....you stupid stupid idiotic imbecile.......

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-16 19:36

    Hey all of you, do I have to remind you that it's not nice to make fun of the village-idiot? what ese did you expect from NEHAWU,COSATU ETC?

  • michaelinex - 2012-05-16 19:38

    Let her go S.A. Has nothing to lose, whats democratic about bribes anyway.

      Clive - 2012-05-16 19:55

      Are you able to speak without vomiting?

      Bomb - 2012-05-16 20:18

      verbal diorrahea i would say

      Dylan.rid - 2012-05-17 04:24

      I don't know michael, ask the ANC/COSATU/ANCYL they seem to be experts on the matter

  • Dawn - 2012-05-16 19:38

    What hot air! Helen is the only one trying to make a difference!!!

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-05-16 19:38

    No wonder the teachers and health workers are in such a mess with some-one like this leading them. He will ensure that kids remain uneducated and the sick get only the very basic health care

  • Sihle - 2012-05-16 19:39

    Sizwe, Vavi, Nehawa and Cosatu are revelling in surprise-shock. Acutely realising they cannot play the race card anymore. Almost the whole protest was black! The best response they can muster in their bewildered denial is – this is wrong, she must resign, she must go, she is trouble, resign, resign, resign …… sounding rather like a plead instead of a realistic demand. Cosatu\ANC\SACP, you are going DOWN! Viva DA, viva. Viva democracy, viva.

      Leon - 2012-05-16 19:58

      Hoor Hoor!!

      nardusc - 2012-05-17 13:56

      OHHHHH yes soooooo sooooo sooooo true...race card has fallen away now just "RESIGN" why does the whole cabinet not just resign as there are hundreds of reasons why EACH AND EVERY ONE of them should!! My poor poor kids have to live in this country

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-16 19:40

    I can think of many ANC leaders and their cronies who should have resigned long ago.

  • paulrgonsalves - 2012-05-16 19:41

    absolutely ridiculous

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 19:45

      Don't feed them peanuts. It effects the ego.

  • Stephan Kruger - 2012-05-16 19:47

    Aaaag shame, DA marches ones and some bad things happen and leaders have to go?!? WTF!?! But the ANC and all the other bunch of clown party's do as they want! LoL

  • Frans - 2012-05-16 19:48

    I wish these idiots can go to bed and forget to wake-up for -oh say - the next fifty years!! In the meantime here is two middle fingers showing skywards just for Nehawu.

  • shelley.beukes - 2012-05-16 19:50

    Grow up!! There was no need to "defend" anything!! You just cannot take what you hand out, or more likely, you measure others by your standards. Not all marches turn violent. You did not need violence,The DA march was totally peacefull till you guys started your crap, they only wanted to hand over a memorandum.This is supposed to be a democratic country, but you don't want democracy, just having everything happening your way. There are other people in this country. The time has come for you to really start caring about the poor and others in this country instead of always just wanting your own way. Just because the ANC and their mates taught you to use violence, does not mean it is the correct way. If they had behaved themselves as true leaders all those years agom there would not have been apartheid and this would have been a great country, but they only wanted to take care of themselves instead of working for a living like normal people.

  • Grant - 2012-05-16 19:50

    Zille goes, I go. Her, and the DA, are the last beacons of hope for the future of this nation. In all honesty, the fact that the DA has control over the Western Cape, and shows signs of making further inroads next election, is the reason why I am still living in this country. If there was no consirable opposition; well, to put it bluntly, we'd all be f*****.

      Peter - 2012-05-16 19:53

      Agreed 100% no other party plays a significant enough role to oppose the ANC, the DA is the last hope for a democratic and corruption free government

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-16 19:55

      Bon voyage

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-16 19:56

    Listen to this prank called sizwe pamla is he really blaming Helen zille for COSATU's thuggish behaviour, The DA had a legal rights to March unlike COSATU but still cosatu is too posh to accept responsibility of their childish and militia actions that they display yesterday, cosatu's panic attacks really shows how Helen zille and DA has become so powerful in the past years, DA should keep spraying the Doom on the face of the snake very soon the snake will go blind.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 20:08

      Open liars that's our country. Tomorow the whole country is brain washed. Just like sheep they are.

  • braamc - 2012-05-16 19:57

    Nehawu se p**s

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 20:21

      Praat jy

  • Christopher - 2012-05-16 19:57

    If nahawu call Zille 2 resign also showerman{zuma} must resign s hd of state

  • mbuso.tholly - 2012-05-16 19:58

    when looking @ ysterday march it was vividly clear 2 me dat blacks are are really "refugees" or even better da are mercenaries.hw many whites were present der?in a nutshell we r fighting 4 whites supremacy again.yes blacks are poor bt they mst nt be fooled by D.A coz 1day they wld cry again.if zille really wanted to help da youth shld hv started in khayelitsha,gugulethu nt use doz "model c 'imbecile.n dey r political wayz to raise such issues,nt try cheap demogegus tactics of popularism.

      Malcolm - 2012-05-16 20:01

      It must hurt to be so stupid, do you have difficulty remembering to breathe?

      Mona - 2012-05-16 20:21

      Gheez-unfortunately there is no known cure for stupidity! Shame, poor you!

      martha.stclair - 2012-05-16 22:27

      I really feel for you, this may come as a shock but the majority of, as you like to say, "whites" have absolutely no desire to bring back any kind of "supremacy". You know what, most people in this country want exactly the same thing. Dignity, stability, service delivery, a transparent, honest government and a hope of happiness for our children. Stop hating and focus on the things that really matter! A leader should not be judged on their race, but their policies!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-16 19:58

    I am very dissapointed that Cosatu members decided to 'defend' the Cosatu house yesterday blocking a peaceful march led by DA.It is the responsibilty of the police to protect such buildings during 'legal/illegal ' strikers.Members were there ,ready to stop DA members from destroying that property.Cosatu members do not want anyone who do not agree with them.One political analyst,Mcebisi Ndletyana once said \being in govt doesnt mean you r clever than those who are outside govt\

      zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-16 20:04

      My previous message ; error ; Strikes not strikers

      Sematla - 2012-05-16 20:07

      We are not at school Zolisa, relax.

  • jason.joao - 2012-05-16 20:00

    This makes me sick. And furious.

  • David - 2012-05-16 20:01

    Zille must GO - Yes from Premier of Western Cape to President of SA - Viva DA viva...down with the rest!

      Pule - 2012-05-16 20:04

      Yes,she's not fit to be premier she's fit to be a president of South africa

      Christopher - 2012-05-16 20:06

      Gud bro'viva our President Zille viva

  • Gaby - 2012-05-16 20:02

    I wasn't sure of NEHAWU for a moment. Of course, it's the Education union - the other lot that Zille has been criticising for not doing their jobs. What a disgrace.

  • Marius - 2012-05-16 20:05

    "She is not fit to hold office," So can you ask Zuma and the rest of his cabinet to also go, please!!!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-16 20:06

    This is a huge challenge. How does one comment on such drivel? Sorry, I pass. Can someone please put NEHAWU back from where they crawled out of ?

  • malusi - 2012-05-16 20:08

    Nehawu has a point though. That crowd looked nothing like DA supporters. That was a rent a crowd

      martha.stclair - 2012-05-16 22:14

      have to ask why you would say that? Would you say the same thing if minority groups were at an ANC march?