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DA denies Zille's bakkie full of bricks at march

2012-06-23 16:50

Johannesburg - There is evidence that the DA caused the violence that broke out when it recently marched on Cosatu's Johannesburg offices, a Gauteng union official claimed on Friday.

"We have concrete evidence that [Democratic Alliance leader Helen] Zille's... bakkie was full of bricks," Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial chairperson Dumisani Dakile told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Wait, and watch this space... we will reveal the evidence at the appropriate time. We are waiting for the DA to proceed with its criminal charge [against Cosatu]."

Political games

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane denied that the bakkie carried any bricks.

"Let Cosatu produce the evidence. We had journalists sitting on the same bakkie that they are talking about. Wouldn't they have noticed the stones?" he asked.

"Cosatu must stop playing political games."

Dakile said the "attack" was part of a right-wing uprising in the country, led by the DA.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] felt the attack... was not an accident but a well-orchestrated strategy by the right-wing elements within the country as led by the DA to undermine workers, [the] working class, and the poor."

Several people were injured when the union confronted the DA during a march on the Cosatu head office in Johannesburg on May 15.

Lack of discipline

Dakile said the PEC discussed next week's African National Congress policy conference and felt the party needed more "cohesion", especially with regard to its branches in the Free State and the North West.

"This lack of discipline... indicates the need for organisational renewal [within the ANC]," he said.

"We also make a humble plea to the ANC Youth League... It cannot define itself outside the ANC. There is life beyond this [expulsion of former leader Julius Malema]."

Dakile said Cosatu would release a statement detailing its views on the ANC's policy discussion documents later on Friday.

He said the Gauteng e-tolling matter should be resolved by the end of July.

"The proposals [by Cosatu] are around the introduction of a fuel levy of 14% per litre, an increase of [a] 1% tax bracket to all those earning above R600 000 per annum, and the contribution of one day's profit, once-off, by companies in the republic," he said.

"This should cover the obligation of those who borrowed money [to implement e-tolling]."

Government has the money

Dakile said government's claim that it did not have enough money to meet the wage demands of workers in the public sector was false.

"We are conscious of the fact that there are economic challenges, and 8% would be a fair deal," he said.

"But what about when they [government] have to buy cars... or loan R2bn to bail out the IMF [International Monetary Fund]?"

Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday government had offered civil servants a 9%, made up of a 6.5% salary rise and a 2.5% increase in benefits.

Labour is demanding an 8% salary increase.

Dikale said Cosatu called on government and business to "save workers" from recent platinum mine closures.

"The PEC also welcomed the swift intervention by the National Union of Mineworkers to deal with this matter. We will be following these events with keen interest."

Operations at Aquarius Platinum's Everest mine near Lydenburg in Mpumalanga were suspended on Thursday because of low commodity prices and labour issues.

The company also mothballed its Marikana shaft in Kroondal, North West last week. Both closures were related to poor platinum prices.

Comments
  • zipho500 - 2012-06-23 17:04

    hhayi hhayi cosatu no please no please hahahahahahahahahaha lol

      grant.hide - 2012-06-23 17:42

      But if the economy is destroyed the proposed increases will not actually bring more money in to you, more toilet paper mabe.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-06-23 18:01

      "We will reveal the evidence at the appropriate time." In other words... We are so useless that even after all this time we still haven't fabricated the "evidence". If & when we are asked where it is we will reply that it is in "a safe place". When, in court, we can't produce the evidence we will simply blame apartheid and do what we do best... DENY, DENY, DENY!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-23 18:04

      zipho, I agree, hahahaha. If you make up a story it should at least have a bit of truth to it...

      melania.nel - 2012-06-23 18:16

      Eish, the comrade learning photoshop will be finished soon with the evidence. He is waiting for his textbook.... He wont abandon ship...

      Squeegee - 2012-06-23 18:37

      Nice Melania...

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-06-23 19:28

      Zipho - you are right - whahahahahaha. That is how we handle issues, we throw stones and bricks. Whateva!!! LOL.

  • Karla Soares - 2012-06-23 17:07

    wow so the DA is a right wing party??? who knew??? bwahahahahahaha!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-24 16:45

      I would just like to understand the coastu way of thinking! The da NEVER expected that cosatu would counter-protest! So WHY would the da have had a bakkie full of bricks in the FIRST place? And then what about the pieces of concrete that were reported flying! and lastly what of the fact that the bricks were thrown AT the DA! where they in the shape of boomerangs? Did the da throw it at the cosatu and then they returned by hitting the da??? LOL!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-23 17:10

    \The proposals [by Cosatu] are around the introduction of a fuel levy of 14% per litre, an increase of [a] 1% tax bracket to all those earning above R600 000 per annum, and the contribution of one day's profit, once-off, by companies in the republic,\ he said. ... Um why don't you tax all ministers that drive around in million rand cars, 50% of their salary

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-23 17:14

    Moer hulle DA.julle is ysters man

  • jimzimbo - 2012-06-23 17:22

    Conctere evidence of a bakkie ful of bricks...Hahahahahahahahaha You've got concrete in your head you stupid brainless ignorant twit!!!!

      lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-06-23 19:09

      And you are Jumbo and Jimzimbo. Lol

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-23 22:39

      and Iwazi is a nincompoop!

  • Bulls - 2012-06-23 17:52

    This is all childish.....

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-23 18:01

    Is this the best they can come up with??? As mentioned in an earlier post, They are too stupid to actually realise they are stupid!.

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-06-23 18:01

    I rubber a tree trunk and got 3 free wishes.. Low blow by a seriously pathetic org. They too will live their own demise. What a shocker of a pathetic attempt. ,p

  • SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-06-23 18:22

    "Dakile said the "attack" was part of a right-wing uprising in the country, led by the..." ANC. There, I fixed it.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-06-23 18:35

    After reading the minister of education's story about he textbooks, I wonder who is undemining the "poor" and the "workers" class of the country. We surely have a BIG mantality problem in SA.

  • braamc - 2012-06-23 18:51

    I am enjoying the popcorn

  • logen.naidoo - 2012-06-23 20:12

    Well Cosatu, put the cards on the table instead of waiting for your bluff to fall througt.

  • franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-07-28 12:56

    they had concrete evidence..hahaha

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