KZN strike on price hikes tomorrow

2008-07-07 00:00

A shutdown of economic activity is expected in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape tomorrow.

The day marks the commencement of the first leg of Cosatu nationwide stayaway to protest the escalating food, electricity and fuel prices.

Similar protests will be held in other provinces in the next two weeks, culminating in a national mass action scheduled for August 6.

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho warned that even essential services could be affected.

“While we respect the issue of essential services, we cannot be held responsible if those are affected,” he said.

He said essential services could be affected due to the foreseen lack of public transport in major towns and cities around the province as taxi operators are also expected to stop work.

“We have been talking to the major taxi bodies in the province and they have pledged their support. It will therefore be the duty of employers in essential services to ensure that workers are transported to their workplaces.”

However, Eugene Hadebe, the chairman of the KZN Transport Alliance, issued a stern warning to other motorists and employers who intend to transport stranded commuters to their workplaces.

“Those who do not oblige [by heeding the stayaway] will see their cars go up in smoke,” Hadebe said.

Provincial police spokesman, Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said police are taking the threats seriously, but added that they are “more than prepared” to deal with the situation.

Another association of taxi operators, the KZN Taxi Council (Kwanataco), said that its members will be operating.

“My understanding is that we will be part of the march, but not of the stayaway. How are people going to be transported to the planned march if we say there will be no transport?” said Bhungane Hadebe, the acting chairman of Kwanataco.

Andrew Layman, the chief executive of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB), said that the strike could prove to be “most disruptive” should the taxi operators also heed the call for a stayaway call.

“I think that there is not much that employers can do to soften the impact of the strike, although I know that some have entered into agreements with employees so that their business’s productivity is not severely affected,” he said.

In KZN, the Durban march is from Curries Fountain to the Durban City Hall, starting at 11 am, and the other march will be in Newcastle, from Pioneer Park to Newcastle High School.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.