Zille defending white elite: Cosatu

2011-02-19 16:23

Johannesburg - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's state of the province address on Friday lacked vision and the ability to inspire people "to a new deal", the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Saturday.

"The focus of the speech is the same old Democratic Alliance policy of defending white elite privileges, whilst allocating crumbs to the poor," Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

"There is no attempt by the premier to integrate the communities as she seems to defend the present divisions and separation that exist in the province between black and white, rich and poor."

Ehrenreich said "the poverty situation" of the majority of the people of the Western Cape was desperate, yet Zille had "no tangible plans" to address this.

"The Western Cape is the most unequal province in the country yet it does not even get a mention, that inequality is the key impediment to development.

"The Western Cape has the most top billing style housing and the highest proportion of shacks, but this also is not mentioned as a problem."

  • lmduplessis - 2011-02-19 16:34

    "The Western Cape is the most unequal province in the country yet it does not even get a mention, that inequality is the key impediment to development." I'ts the most unequal, yet best run Province in the country.

      lean - 2011-02-19 16:45

      And pls remind me again which province COSATU's running?

      Michael - 2011-02-19 17:48

      Tony Ehrenreich. The only thing unequel here is our massive intelect oposed to your one brain cell, fool. Zilles' achievments are legend right from Biko to today, who are you to pronounce on her state of the province address compared to the DA, Cosatu is and always will be a nonentity, much like yourself!

      POLLENYS - 2011-02-19 18:37

      Just keep in mind it's the white elite that keeps the country running despite all the corruption.

      Hilton - 2011-02-19 19:26

      It doesn't matter what Mrs Zille said, it wouldn't be good enough for the ANC and Cosatu. At least she is trustworthy and is making a difference in the Western Cape. Wait until the DA starts winning other Provinces, then we will see what they have to say. Thanks Mrs Zille for everything.

      dup007 - 2011-02-20 09:06

      based on what research ? please get your facts right

      kolobe - 2011-02-21 08:27

      best run province benefiting who?the elite?cape coloureds will soon wake up and realise they are just your slaves

      Thangy - 2011-02-21 08:38

      Very interesting read!

      Shadoz - 2011-02-21 11:47

      Kolobe you do realize you are a slave under your own people. I am from the WC and i can tell you that coloureds ain't no slaves to anybody. so sit down and shut the F up!!!!

      Jo - 2011-02-21 14:44

      If Cosatu imagines that clean functional well-served neighbourhoods are only for the elite, then they are severely misled. While the Cape started with just as much backlog as any other province, and has many more people flowing into it daily than many other provinces, it is working hard to look after all it's people. There are no miracles, but there are successes. Cosatu can show everyone how to do things by teaching all it's members to strike without violence or the destruction of any property - then they can tell everyone else how to do their jobs. And we'd all like to know when Cosatu is going to undergo a full audit so South Africa can take a look at how Cosatu invests it's money in creating jobs, improving work conditions and making real inroads into halting the scourge of HIV by worker education and testing. Looks like they have enough work to do without picking on provincial governments.

      Other Justin - 2011-02-21 16:26

      Yay!! kolobe is back. Do not think the coloureds are stupid, they are not. You insult them with your comment. Your just another brainwashed African National Clown. VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA!

  • gburger2254 - 2011-02-19 16:36

    Why are there then so many people moving from poor areas in the southern and nothern cape to the western cape?

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-19 16:38

      The southern Cape is IN the western cape...

      GV - 2011-02-21 10:48

      I suspect that they may be paid to move there, you will see major migration to the WC to try to oust the DA.

      Shadoz - 2011-02-21 11:50

      GV i dont think that the case. I think they just see a better life but they don't understand where it comes from. They don't realize the WC is run by the DA and they still vote for the ANC even though they messed up everything where they used to stay.

  • Christo - 2011-02-19 16:36

    uhuh...Just focus on more strikes, seem to do this best.

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 17:43

      It's all election talk! They are trying their utmost now to discredit the DA before the elections so that all the poor ignorant people in the WC vote for their ANC. You don't need to be blind to see what is behind this. Idiots!

      Mthandi111 - 2011-02-21 13:44

      Poor and Ignorant are the Coloured's in the Western Cape, there should rather vote themselves into Power. Cann't they open their own party?

      Other Justin - 2011-02-21 17:14

      @Mthandi111 - I don't understand your comment. The DA is a coloureds party, it is a black, white party as well. The DA leadership is composed of none other than Patricia de Lille. It would not surprise me if she becomes the next premier of the Western Cape after the next national elections.

  • Bulmung - 2011-02-19 16:38

    perhaps they should drive through the old transkei - and then compare the differences in ruling parties. people in the WP live in a damn side better condition than those in the EC & KZN, even if those conditions are shacks - and I don't see the ANC (or COSATU for that matter) helping them. easy to point fingers. as for "those top billing houses" - what can you expect from a city which was rated in the top 10 best cities world wide, of course there will be a large amount of wealth.

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 17:45

      We should ask them why everyone in the Transkei and EC are running to Cape Town. Half of the families in the EC have family members or whole families living there. I know firsthand!

  • Sam Odendaal - 2011-02-19 16:39

    Why doesnt cosatu ask why people from the eastern cape are streaming into the western cape exacerbating the housing situation if things are that bad.Surely its ally is running an utopian state the way that Erenreigh sees things.He should pull his head out of his arse and see the proper way to govern a province

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-19 16:41

    tony, why don't you close your arse and give your mouth a chance. We all know elections are around the corner and all you've got to beat the DA with is the race card!

      lldoidge - 2011-02-19 16:43

      Furthermore tony, look at the eastern cape for inequalities. Oh! sorry the people are ALL just dirt poor and being taught in mud huts, that is if the teachers even bother pitching up for work.

      Christo - 2011-02-19 16:47

      Well said. That is exactly what's happening.

  • - 2011-02-19 16:50

    The SOPA is an improvement on all those by the previous ANC Premiers with a focus of equal opportunity for all. Yet the was silence from Cosatu then. There is inequality throughout SA and manifested at all levels and in housing, jobs, access to health services, etc. Start breaking down the inequality that exists separatingthe masses from the new elite living in mansions valued at millions, those fatcats driving cars valued at millions, those adding no value but getting millions. The SOPA of the NW, EC, Limpopo, etc will come and we will see what critique comes from Cosatu.

  • wjkemp - 2011-02-19 17:05

    Yes lets all strike and vote for the ANC lets intimidte the poor that wishes to work lets sing racist songs and natiolize the mines f#ck this country hell lets give Mugabe Hero status and live the Zimbabwe dream. What do you expect from these fatcats all they do is to ............... what the hell f#ck clean municiple audits promise the masses houses and washing machines just to win the elections. May GOD help us!!!!!!!

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-02-19 17:11

    can't these fools get over themselves! What white Elite? the majority of rich people that I see are black and most white people that I know are struggling financially. The DA is running the Western Cape better then the ANC has managed anywhere else in the country so why do they feel they need to dump on them all the time? Aren't the ANC meant to be congratulating them as we are ALL working towards a better future which should be the ANC and their allies priority as well. COSATU will cripple this country and then point finger at Apartheid. Same old rubbish by incompetent asses.

  • WhySoAngry? - 2011-02-19 17:14

    Maybe Zille should start making empty promises and start promoting corruption in her provincial government or hey, lets waste millions on parties for the "poor" youth because nothing says we care like a 100 million rand party. COSATU should really start for-filling its mandate to protect the working class by making a stand within its tri-partite alliance...

  • Akweerius - 2011-02-19 17:21

    Did Tony Ehrenreich even LISTEN to her speech? Clearly not!!! She did say… "Unless we ensure that everyone has the chance to get a job, the South African dream will never be more than a dream. A job is a passport out of poverty and the start of the path to prosperity." But clearly COSATU sees that she is doing such a sterling job, that they need to do a quick smear campaign, because they know that Ms Zille is putting them ALL to shame! Good work Helen. Keep it up.

  • johnjohn46 - 2011-02-19 17:24

    Focus on Eastern CAPE you idiot! before you critisise the western cape.

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 17:49

      The E Cape is the laughing stock of SA, especially the education department. It would be a joke if it wasn't so sad. They recently took 11 temporary teachers away from one of our local schools here and they expect that school to function normally with over 1000 kids! The excuse is they hadn't budgeted for those teachers.

  • mullervince - 2011-02-19 17:31

    The only well governed provice in South Africa is the Western Cape. At least there is jobs, unlike the other provinces where they owe contractors millions of rands, and guess who is in charge there??? So please, Cosato (banana heads), concentrate in stuffing up the provinces under your alliances control, and leave the well governed Western Cape so that the people can see what a real, intellegent party (DA) can do.

      Mthandi111 - 2011-02-21 13:55

      What jobs? Do you mind hooking me up with one.

      Stox - 2011-02-21 16:04

      The reason the WC is doing well is because it gives jobs to intelligent people, Mthandi111. I.e you actually have to work for it, and then work some more to succeed at it. You don't sit around with your head up your rear and watch the money roll in. Do you still want one now?

  • Law Abiding - 2011-02-19 17:39

    I fail to understand how destroying any form of elite in the current South African political and economic state will benefit the poor. Surely the more elite there are of any colour, the more jobs are created. Whites are less than 10% of the population. Only a portion of the white population are economically active. What is COSATU actually scared of. Surely there are more jobs available than just the microscopic portion the white workforce could possibly occupy. If every white dissapeared overnight, there would still be the same ratio of Elite Versus poor, plus/minus 3%. The various Political and Union groups are clearly making this type of statement to hide their inability to deliver the promises made to the ecenomically poor voters Most whites are struggling financially and have to work exceptionally strict with their available income. Various forms of taxation bites a huge chunk out of it in any case. The COSATU statement is a prime example of union interference in politics. At the end of the day it is the union members that get hurt the most. This COASTU statement reeks of pure RACIST HATRED. When will COSATU finally be happy? When the last white have been killed or fled the country as a refugee.

      Leeutjie - 2011-02-19 21:41

      Agree on this one. I said all along, the BIG money is held by only a few and the richest person in this place is Matsepe. 90 % of white work force is middle class people working their asses off to make a living just to pay all the burdens the flippen government puts on us. I have to pay 10 times more for a house than my college that builds in the homeland. I have to pay 10 times more to get the education for my kid that he deserves, and then when he is an adult, well schooled, he can't work because he is white elite. Like you said, if that 90% middle class whites disappear, a handful of the masses might do their job but it won’t make a dent to all the shacks and poverty. They need to slow down their breeding and we must together create more jobs. I just do not know if our economy can create and sustain 8 million decent jobs and the blacks must stop to have kids they can’t afford..

      Breathe - 2011-02-20 18:40

      Well said and in addition, one wonders how many jobs COSATU aka, the ANC are destroying in their fight to "balance equalities". Nobody seems to have figured that a lesser increase remains better than no job at all.

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-02-19 17:46

    Tony Ehrenreich has a HUGE chip on his shoulder where Helen Zille is concerned. He is mendacious to say the least! He is forever attacking her without backing up his statements with facts or examples. He probably knows that in the Cape more money is being spent in the disadvantaged areas but of course he will not say that because it does not suit his agenda, which is to discredit the Western Cape government at every opportunity. If sincerely cared about the poor he would be working WITH Helen Zille.

      maggielou - 2011-02-20 14:57

      I is time that we insist interviews and statements on radio and in the press be substantiated by FACTS. Cape Talk seems to have an orchestrated campaign against the DA with their newsflashes. I.e. DA is a party for the Whites!!! Can this be backed up by the evidence? DA cares only for the elite .. evidence and facts please!!!

  • Roy - 2011-02-19 17:46

    This cosatu is speaking crap what he fail to mention is that most of the people in the shacks ran away from the other provinces because here they have a better chance for a better life, he will be happy if the whole of cape town lives in shacks.

  • unproud - 2011-02-19 17:46

    The only reason why the Western Cape has such a high number of shacks is because the ANC is bussing in people from the Eastern Cape so as to boost the numbers voting for the ANC. This has been done for many years.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-19 18:03

      Won't happen as once they get to the Western Cape and see the difference they actually vote DA. Yes, the good people of Gugulethu did! Hence the ANC having to use the race card! Even that is getting soooo boring now and people are starting to see past it.

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 19:28

      Let's hope these poor people do see the reality of the WC situation and the efficiency of the DA.

  • genevieve - 2011-02-19 17:52

    Ag tony, shaddup, your unions are keeping the job market for yourselves. Free the labour market and then we'll start to employ the unemployed. Until then I do the work myself. I have space for 3 but just won't hire under the ANC's restrictive laws. And no I won't exploit the potential workers. I will pay decent wage for decent work. But if you steal, f*ckup or shirk on the job, I should have the right to fire you. Like wise, if I scold you unfairly, you have the right to go complain to the labour dept. Tit for Tat. But now it is TIT, TIT, AND MORE TIT. Your unions have sucked my tits dry, so now there is no milk left. So go suck on that.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-02-19 18:19

      I love you Genevieve!!!!

      Perfume - 2011-02-19 19:43

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love your comment girl!!!

      Leeutjie - 2011-02-19 21:47

      Love you. Excellent.

      roadvark - 2011-02-19 22:29

      Sorry about your tits but you make a good point.

      Mthandi111 - 2011-02-21 14:02

      You sound poor to me and have no clue what business is about. You do not hire to please ANC. You hire to maximise profits or cut inefficiencies,

      genet - 2011-02-21 14:32

      Exactly. Excellent comment. Cosatu keep the unemployed, unemployed.

      blondetopaz - 2011-02-21 15:35

      @mthandi111. dude you are poor in the IQ dpt. go suck on Tony's tit. no wait. that will make you more challenged.

      Stox - 2011-02-21 16:15

      Rofl @roadvark ^^. And @Mthandi111, you strongly alluded in an earlier comment that you don't even have a job: "What jobs? Do you mind hooking me up with one?". (12 lines above Genevieive's comment). See? I use FACTS and EVIDENCE to support my claim! Ingenious, not so :D ?! Genevieve is clearly an employer and a business leader of some kind, and so clearly knows a bit more about business than you do - not only does she have a job, but she creates jobs. More than Zuma has done lately... So keep your inside voice inside.

      Other Justin - 2011-02-21 16:35


  • Bachbabe - 2011-02-19 18:08

    In essence the Western Cape is two provinces in one, because the entire population of the Eastern Cape is living here. The reason? The ANC gave their people in the Eastern Cape a "new deal" work, zero schools, zero houses. Ehrenreich, bus the Eastern Cape people back where they came from and tell your fat cat cronies to start working for those huge salaries! For starters, get the education system going again.

  • Francois - 2011-02-19 18:12

    Hey Tony, its not Helen Zille's mistake that her party won the province and the city with most expensive houses in South Africa and it is also not her mistake that people are willing to pay for the houses and are willing to stay there. Your alliance partner has run the province since Hernus Kriel's depature and you have nothing to show for it - you still visit private hospitals. So please don't blame Zille for mistakes your alliance partners made (one of them include to bus in poor blacks to try and win an election) and for the fact that the province is well run. Rather be honest and state that your trade union does not want the poor to have jobs, because then you will loose political power. Thus it is in fact you who are guilty of what you blame Helen of - put your money where your mouth is and let your alliance partners' official only go to state schools and hospitals and that includes you.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-02-19 18:13

    Hey Tony , what planet are you on ou pèl , what about the frikken jailbirds you vote for year after year , your days are numbered , be on your guard at all times

  • andrelouisw - 2011-02-19 18:13

    Sour Grapes!

  • maggielou - 2011-02-19 18:22

    Can anyone name me ONE thing that was done or said by the dude that is constructive? He only sass something when he can critisize the DA. Tough to be ruled by a woman, (white nogal) hey dude? When YOU stop propagating your racist slurs, this might be a better country. The WC is no more unequal than anywhere in SA. Only in your birdbrain. What are you doing to integrate communities? Election time coming - you have to do everything in your power to hang on to your cushy job! One of these days your followers will see how they are deceived and you will be booted!! Stop propagating racism!

  • KaB - 2011-02-19 18:23

    Honestly...the Western Cape is the only province with decent service delivery you dimwit COSATU´s no wonder you slate the woman, you´re scared she makes more of an impact than just on the WC!!! Leave Zille alone and leave us Kapies alone...I don´t want any ANC or COSATU fingers in our pies...we´re doing just fine without you!!!

  • maggielou - 2011-02-19 18:25

    Oh, as for the TOP BILLING houses in the cape - When last did you visit anybody in the elite suburbs of jo'burg? Oh I forgot - you're only striving for a top ANC position hence you're not in the elitist class to invited to those TOP BILLING homes owned by Blacks!!! What about Bishopscourt? Get your facts straight dude!!

  • burtfred - 2011-02-19 18:29

    These unsubstantiated barbs, coming from Tony Ehrenreich, will be taken by Zille as compliments. Who is Ehrenreich to pronounce on these matters anyway? He is a motor mechanic who had the loudest mouth in the workshop, so he was made shop steward.What election has he ever won? Ehrenreich, you like a maltese poodle snapping at the heels of the Zille Rottweiller. The Western Cape is the only province left in SA that has a working government that is not corrupt.

  • peter - 2011-02-19 18:40

    I agree ... we should vote ANC ... they have made promises to start delivering some time soon! 2 years to fix JHB's billing crisis ... Western Cape has no problem at all in this regard. OH yeah ... the Escom thing ... must have been DA acting as a sort of third force to get the ANC to seriously drop the ball on Capacity Development. Viva ANC Viva!

      Radrodent - 2011-02-20 11:36

      The ANC can go an suck the wrong end of a dead donkey

  • Gaanake - 2011-02-19 18:53

    No vision, well, still enough for yet another landslide win. Way to go DA!

  • V. Zela - 2011-02-19 18:54

    Started reading the article until I came to the name Tony Ehrenreich, didn't bother to continue after that

  • danielgie - 2011-02-19 18:54

    Tell tony to buy a pineapple

      Radrodent - 2011-02-20 11:37

      The use said pineapple as an enema.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-02-19 19:07

    With white national "spokes" like Patrick Craven of Cosatu, who gives the Chinese Nationalisation of mines a thumbs up, what can one expect lower down the rungs from Tony Ehrenreich? He was the one who said that it is OK for protesting unions to overturn dustbins without any recourse to the unions. The chinese mines, by the way, have a terrible safety record.

  • v3 - 2011-02-19 19:24

    Ehrenreich has obviously commented without reading or hearing the speech. I wonder which of these excerpts he objects to: "Of course, the legacy of our tragic past is still with us, and will be for years ahead. This [WC DA} government is committed to redressing that legacy in the shortest possible time by the most sustainable means" "...the prize for [the DA] is the Western Cape of our dreams. A place where children grow up taking their freedom for granted. Where every child is safe, sheltered, nourished and loved. Where learning opens the door to opportunity, and a growing economy the path to prosperity." " Our role is to extend to every person the opportunity to live a life he or she values. " " ... poverty blights our democratic landscape and cheapens our freedom. It stands between us and the South Africa for which Nelson Mandela struggled; between us and the Western Cape of our dreams." "We want to have an inclusive and honest conversation about [the DA draft plan]" "our purpose in government is to extend the hand of opportunity to the people of the Western Cape so that they can escape poverty, shape their own destinies and live lives they value." "... there is only one way to overcome poverty and realise the dream of opportunity for all. Unless we ensure that everyone has the chance to get a job, the South African dream will never be more than a dream. A job is a passport out of poverty and the start of the path to prosperity."

      v3 - 2011-02-19 19:39

      More from Zille's speech: "Corruption is stealing from the poor, those most in need of state assistance" " we must provide the infrastructure needed for growth and jobs" "our commitment to clean, effective government... We have put a stop to lavish parties and unnecessary spending" "spend taxpayers' money effectively" "establish an integrated public transport system that gives the people of the/city region access to economic opportunity" "we successfully petitioned the national Minister to reintroduce the excellent share-equity based land reform schemes that were discontinued a year ago. ... they provide a sustainable way in which to implement land-reform ... Another way we are contributing to rural land reform is our project to provide fruit trees to emerging farmers, which has so far benefitted 3,070 people on 21 farms and creating over 200 jobs" "Expanding access to quality schools means investing in school infrastructure" "This year, for the first time ever, anywhere in the country, every child in grades 2-7 will have access to their own maths textbook. We are also the only province to provide reading books for grades 1-6 in the 258 primary schools that serve our poorest communities" "we must also make public health care more accessible" "we must continue to cushion the effects of extreme poverty" "we will be turning the first sod for the upgrading of the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa" "accommodating people is not possible without access to basic services"

  • Perfume - 2011-02-19 19:34

    Never heard of Ehrenreich, is this person German!!!!!

      ? - 2011-02-19 19:37


      Maddy-CT - 2011-02-19 20:01

      He is obviously of German descent somewhere along the line, but he goes on about 'white settlers' and how the 'whites' have stolen the land in Hout Bay (with reference to the recent Hangberg dabacle). He spouts socialist/communist rhetoric but he owns a holiday house in Betty's Bay. Hypocrit!

      Perfume - 2011-02-19 20:14

      Hmmmmm with all the things he is spewing, seems like he is hoping for a place on the gravy train, he must be careful there might not be place for him on the train...

      lldoidge - 2011-02-19 20:30

      No Maddy CT. His HOLIDAY house is in Kleinmond! He ran to a private hospital when he was sick and then afterwards (when he was found out) he said he felt guilty. Pity he didn't feel guilty before!!!!!

      Perfume - 2011-02-19 21:01

      They need to start posting photos of their homes so that the poor ANC voters can have a peep at how lavish they live.....

      ? - 2011-02-19 22:09

      "reich" in a surname is Jewish blood.

      maggielou - 2011-02-20 05:02

      No perfume, he is a 'wannabe' with a rock on his shoulder.

      Perfume - 2011-02-20 10:15

      @ no name lol...thanks, did a Google search on his surname as well

      Maddy-CT - 2011-02-20 10:25

      @ lldoidge. Sorry, his holiday house is in Kleinmond (I should have checked before posting). However, the point I was trying to make is that he says that the land in Western Cape belongs to the indigenous people (Khoisan/San) and was stolen by the 'settlers' (read 'Whites'). HE owns property in the Cape but his surname indicates that HE is hardly an indigenous African - so what is his rationale? As far as integration of communities is concerned, what does he expect? He only has to look at the suburb of Parklands in the Blouberg area for an example of perfect integration, where people of all races live side by side. Another example is the University of Cape Town, where more than half the student body is Black. Does he expect wealthy Whites to sell their houses and move to the poor areas - or for the poor to be able to afford the rates in the wealthy areas? (Maybe I'm being too simplistic). As it is the extremely high rates paid by people (of all races) residing in the wealthy areas is being used to subsidise services in the poorer areas. Integration is happening in the Cape but naturally it is a slow process as people move up the economic scale.

      Radrodent - 2011-02-20 11:38

      Nein, hy is naai

      exocist - 2011-02-21 16:32

      yes he's Eva Brauns afterbirth

  • Brieuse - 2011-02-19 19:37

    How exactly does "The Western Cape is the most unequal province in the country yet it does not even get a mention, that inequality is the key impediment to development." inequality impede development? Citations and evidence please.

      maggielou - 2011-02-20 15:06

      A stupid statement from an even more stupid mouth!

  • Perfume - 2011-02-19 19:38

    When your opponent is quiet you never know what they are plotting....keep slandering Ms Zille, the very followers of the ANC might just decide to jump ship and follow Ms Zille....looks like things are certainly better in hell!!!!! The people in heaven are worried.

      v3 - 2011-02-19 19:48

      According to ANC national executive committee member and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize: "A lot of work done by Helen Zille is fulfilling what the ANC manifesto is saying should be done" According to Gwede Mantashe, Cosatu and ANC members in the Western Cape *already* are voting for Zille and the DA. Ehrenreich, you no more represent your membership than the man in the moon does.

      Perfume - 2011-02-19 20:07

      "According to Gwede Mantashe, Cosatu and ANC members in the Western Cape *already* are voting for Zille and the DA." wow are the people in heaven deciding to join the people in a woman Ms Zille is doing an excellent job!!!

  • semaj - 2011-02-19 19:52

    Get lost Cosatu, Zille is defending a drive to get things normalised in this hopelessly divided country and is stymied all along the way. Your tripartheid party is miffed in the extreme and creating havoc in trying to destroy the success of the W Cape. There are not too many days left to bus-in the Eastern Cape Anc supporters to try to capture the vote for the disintegration of the only fully functional province in the country. Open your eyes, get rid of Craven and start listening to the rest of us.

  • discontented - 2011-02-19 19:55

    One of the most popularised anti-apartheid songs is Eddy Grant’s - “Gimme Hope Joanna” The first verse tells the world about apartheid: QUOTE: Well Jo'anna she runs a country She runs in Durban and the Transvaal She makes a few of her people happy, oh She don't care about the rest at all She's got a system they call apartheid It keeps a brother in a subjection But maybe pressure can make Jo'anna see How everybody could a live as one END QUOTE The interesting point is in the line “It keeps a brother in a subjection”. This may be a leap in logic beyond the average Cosatu readers but......substitute the word apartheid with “The Ruling Party” and what do we have? The famed Spanish philosopher George Santayana (Born 16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – Died 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) said: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Now (follow the logic) by discrediting the “White elate” because they are critical of the Ruling Party and banging the drum of discrimination, poverty and inequality you are just keeping your members and followers in subjection, and you haven’t learned from the history of Africa. Dare I say it? .......Hell Yes look at Zimbabwe, the whites were chased of some of the most productive farms in the world, and today? ....Zimbabwe the United Nations Welfare State and people “in subjection” Why are the people rioting in the Middle East and North Africa? Because they are tired of being “in subjection”? What will happen when the “White elate” are chased out of Africa? Cosatu you criticise the best run province in South Africa, what have the provinces which are run by the ANC achieved? Poor service delivery. Disintegrating infrastructure. Bloated, bureaucratic, non-functioning, Provincial Councils where corruption is rife, respect for the rule of law flouted and respect for the people who voted them into power contemptuous. And you have the political temerity to criticise.

  • Ederik - 2011-02-19 19:57

    The reason for all the shacks is all the voters bussed in from all over to try and destabilise the Western Cape.

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 20:17

      Yes, that is true. They bus them in by the thousands from the eastern Cape before each election.

      Blikskottel - 2011-02-20 12:46

      There is no argument about this. it is the truth.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-19 20:18

    The only weapon the ANC, COSATU and the rest of the gang can use to try and win the vote of the poor is the "white man this and the white man that" yet it is the very ANC elite that is living in the lap of luxury, whilst the poor are living in shacks, wondering where the next meal might come from...the only time they crawl out of the dust to win votes is by keeping the poor in bondage and making them believe that the white man/woman is still living a better life than them...the wheel is changing no matter how slow the change is it is changing....I would rather vote for a person that stands by what they say. Ms Zille you are doing a fantastic job, keep it up, things are looking good in hell!!!!

      Zinki - 2011-02-19 20:38

      We need another Egypt. That shocked the ones in charge of that country. They were living like lords for decades while the people starved!

      Perfume - 2011-02-19 21:09

      The wind is blowing in a different direction @Zinki...the ANC just dont know which direction....I love reading your comments by the way :)

      Zinki - 2011-02-20 06:47

      Thanks. Living in the middle of the eastern Cape and working closely with these poor people and being able to speak Xhosa fluently helps me understand their plight better. I just wish there was more I could do for them. The ANC has a very tight hold over them. One employee told me they have to have an ANC membership card in order to get an RDP house. Another told me it helps to sleep with the person in charge of allocating houses to these poor souls. It's a pity the DA don't catch out these fools.

  • jayt612 - 2011-02-19 22:37

    Just listen to the song ~ Djelem Djelem Who are the 'gypsies' in our midst? You decide. Shalom

  • Baz - 2011-02-20 00:29

    Correction... "Zille defending SA Constitution!" thats what the heading should read!!!

  • Gundaan - 2011-02-20 01:42

    Tony Ehrenreich ...I dare you to disclose publicly your Annual salary + perks ...which would include bonus ,housing , travel , schooling ( where your kids go to school ), medical , transport , security ( body guards ), insurance ... You blady agent .....

  • Sagebrush - 2011-02-20 02:03

    Racist statement by Cosatu.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-02-20 05:00

    Ha haha Cosatu are the ANC's bitch. Who has been in power for the last 16 years??? Who is the richest man in South Africa? He is not white. Cosatu are not representing their members at all by just regurgitating garbage that come of the cadres teleprinter. What are unions doing to create jobs? Nothing but backstabbing and playing power politics.

  • CygnusX1 - 2011-02-20 07:42

    Hey Tony, it's been almost 4 years since the Security Industry strike, and if you bother to remember, around 60 people working in the Security Industry were killed during this strike. You went on TV and said you would investigate this and and release the results of your investigation. So where are the results? I would suggest you keep your communist trap well and truly shut! Zille has never been responsible for the deaths of innocent people. Unlike you and COSATU!

  • Etienne - 2011-02-20 08:19

    Dear Mr Ehrenreich, you make it sound as if it is a sin to be affluent. Quite often success brings a certain degree of economic well being. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But you and your ilk would like to see it taken away from the people that are successful and handed to those that are poor. Very noble indeed but, it would be more productive to encourage those that are successful to work harder and create more jobs, than using the money of the wealthy as hand-outs. Please remember we are living in a democracy where private ownership is encouraged rather than discouraged. We are not in a socialist/communist state where everything belongs to the state. I know that is what you guys in COSATU want. It won't happen! Show me anywhere in the world where it has succeeded to the benefit of the country's citizens. Stop expecting rich people (especially if they are white) to apologise fir their wealth!

      roadvark - 2011-02-20 08:48

      He is but a puppet on a string. One day the string will break and poor Tony will lie in a heap.

      Other Justin - 2011-02-21 16:56

      I listened to Moeletsi Mbeki on 702 this morning. He says that one of the biggest problems with the ANC and it's morons is that taking money from the rich to give to the poor is unsustainable, you need to provide quality education and create opportunities for the educated to find gainful employment. JZ didn't like that very much.

  • Kenko - 2011-02-20 09:47

    The baboon complains about giving crumbs to the poor. Does he then expect the poor be given the lion's share in the economy? The same poor who can't do anything for themselves besides breed? Well, I guess it's standard practice to criticise everything the opposition says, even if it makes perfect sense.

  • Mike - 2011-02-20 10:32

    Lets keep the western cape anc free. Thier price is to heavy for the economy, gives very little back to the ppl that put them there. Cosatu should stick to being a union and stay out of politics. Oh ja forgot it one and the same.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-02-20 12:39

    Ehrenreich, wake up, it is your ANC buddies that are making trouble. You admitted this in os far as these new laws that will put thousnads of coloureds out of work.

  • Bonzo - 2011-02-20 12:50

    Ehrenreich, remind us whence the indigents in the shanty towns across Cape Town have fled? They are refugees from the squatlands of the ANC-run Eastern Cape with its mud schools and its useless leaders. And they bring diddly squat resources with them.