Cosatu: Preventing vote a crime

2011-05-17 12:36

Johannesburg - Cosatu repeated its call on Tuesday for voting days to be declared non-trading public holidays.

With local government elections less than 24-hours away, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven urged employers to allow workers time off to vote.

"To prevent workers from voting is a criminal offence," he said in a statement.

"We urge the IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] to set up a toll-free number for people to phone if they are being prevented from voting by their employer."

Business Unity SA (Busa) repeated the call for workers to be allowed time off to vote.

Vote ANC - Cosatu

"Busa urges all employers to make provision for staff to have quality time off to vote," it said in a statement.

"Busa believes that for democracy to deepen and widen in SA, every citizen should be free to participate in the democratic process as they see fit."

Cosatu appealed to workers to vote for the ANC.

"People are of course angry at corruption, waste and the slow delivery of services which are still big problems in many communities, but boycotting elections, or worse still voting for pro-business and anti-worker opposition parties will be a huge blunder."

He said the struggle to build a new and better South Africa "cannot be won by the DA [Democratic Alliance]".

Busa said the elections were "an opportunity for citizens to hold their political leaders accountable for service delivery".

  • paulf - 2011-05-17 12:48

    What a bunch of clowns. I can not believe what I read here. These guys are desperate for votes!!

      Kaz - 2011-05-17 13:00

      I agree Because of the ANC and their complete lack of control and discipline over there members this country will never be a "rainbow nation". Since the ANC has taken over nothing in SA has improved if anything it is worse than ever. The sheep in this country will continue to vote ANC because they are intimidated and now Zuma says the ancestors will be angry if your vote is not ANC, how pathetic that an emerging government resorts to this kind of intimidation just to ensure that they get the votes. Dont worry Zuma you dont have take a shower this time just wash your stinking mouth out with soap. Shame on you all.

      clark - 2011-05-17 13:33

      - Voting for the Anc is also criminal.

      farmworker - 2011-05-17 13:43

      @paulf you just ignoran the President of the Country declared tomorrow a Public Holiday, so if people want to go to vote the should have the freedom to do so. I mean if you read and understand,you clearly understand that people must be able to exercise their rights. This is the same tactics the National Party used previous to prevent Black people from voting but that will happen no more.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-17 12:51

    No hassle, Maki- your post has just saved Jonas and Cynthia from a lifetime of oppression, and instead condemned them to one of poverty and indigence whilst your pigs continue to scoff at the trough... An achievement to be really proud of!

  • Mad man - 2011-05-17 12:52

    I feel sorry for farm workers managed by racists employers. But from tomorrow you will be free my fellow countrymen

      kolobe - 2011-05-17 12:57

      they are not properly paid(few blacks are),have their IDs taken away and will most likely not be aloud to vote tomorrow.

      RVQ - 2011-05-17 13:02

      @Mad man, huh? yesterday the ANC lead, today the ANC leads are you saying another party is going to lead after tomorrow?

      kolobe - 2011-05-17 13:26

      allowed - 2011-05-17 13:58

      kalobe - the only reason the ID'S would be taken away is because they want to vote DA

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-17 15:53

      Fuck off troll

  • Justin Schon - 2011-05-17 12:53

    Dear Cosatu. It takes 20 minutes to 45 minutes to stand in the line and vote. If the employee wants to work there is enough time in the day to vote! I am sure domestic workers and labourers are excited to work tomorrow as it will be considered a public holiday (PH) and paid 1.5 to 2 times their normal daily rate. Those who work per hour love PH! So I am sure they have enough time to vote! A why is the Unions getting involved in politics any way? It is not the place for them. Their only concerns should be between employer and employees and not which party is in government!

      Victor - 2011-05-17 16:02

      Agreed... Also, I work for an international firm. I did not see the president declare a public holiday tomorrow in... US or UK. Just to name 2 of the place we interact with 24/7. Thus we always need people on the floor, always. Same goes for a number of other places. Those that work in the evening can vote in the morning. Those that work in the morning can vote in the evening.

  • DW - 2011-05-17 12:56

    For once I agree with Cosatu. The people at our local shopping centre have to work a full shift tomorrow and have been told that they can vote after work. The fact that they work far from their home and have to take various taxis does not seem to matter to their employer. I think that ALL shops should either close for the day, or split the shifts so that people can vote in the morning or the afternoon. This is ridiculous. Voting is their right as much as anyone else's

      DW - 2011-05-17 12:57

      However, Cosatu telling them who to vote for is also illegal. The vote is a secret ballot for a reason. People should be entitled to vote for whom they choose without their trade union making stupid comments

      Bongza.GP - 2011-05-17 13:30

      No it is not illegal. It will only be illegal from midnight. This is called campaigning.

  • rumbadaping - 2011-05-17 12:56

    correct... the struggle to build a new and better South Africa can only be won by someone in government with equity in a company that does the building!

  • Sabsi - 2011-05-17 12:57

    In Germany (and I'm sure in manymany other Coutries too) 'they' vote on a Sunday - no need for a public holiday!!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 13:09

      This is not Deutchland perhaps you should vote there next there is DA there

      Sabsi - 2011-05-17 13:12

      What is your point? ...and what if I do vote the ANC as a whitie?! I'm just saying: vote on a Sunday! Than you're not messing up the economy even more!

      Zinki - 2011-05-17 13:13

      The difference here is that Germany is a first world country. They don't take as many holidays as SA does because they are hard working people. This is Africa, remember... If we had to vote on a Sunday, then the WEKKAS (workers) would want Monday off too...

      Sabsi - 2011-05-17 13:13

      ...and by the way: it's Deutschland and skin colour doesn't matter when you vote there!

      kolobe - 2011-05-17 13:26

      in the very same germany they have their oppressors in jail unlike sa

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-17 13:31

      @Kolobe - you are right, here they become president of the ANC youth league...

      I <3 SA - 2011-05-17 13:57

      Funny how the trolls have selective brain damage: on the one hand they just love to make snappy comebacks and on the other hand they're as thick as bricks when it comes to reasoning.

      mario - 2011-05-17 16:05

      HAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAA this thread is hillarious!!!!!

  • Greg - 2011-05-17 13:07

    This is one of the only countries in the world that shuts down the economy to vote. We have loose millions due to this. We already have had too many holidays to the detriment of small businesses. This may have already caused some businesses to close down.

      harry lime - 2011-05-17 13:25

      what do they care when the golden goose has no more eggs. Julius and his cronies will have there begging bowls out to get money from the imperialist colonists white pigs because trust me his good friend MUGABE,CASTRO,CHAVEZ and the great GADDAFFI do not give to anyone other than themselves

  • Almaki - 2011-05-17 13:12

    I am really disappointed in all the posts saying things along the lines of "they can make their own time" etc. Voting is a right, one that we should cherish and protect - most employees have the day off because it is a voting (public) holiday - why can't the guys working down at your local Spar or market also have the day off to go about their business?

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-17 13:38

      Almaki - the fact is in theory we all shouldnt have the day off, it does not take an entire day to vote. Everyone can take a scheduled hour or two to go do it. The poles should open earlier 01:00 am and close later 23:00 to cater for everyone. Why waste a day after all the public holidays we have already had? But then the ANC just want another free paid day, where other workers will NOT get paid for tomorrow. I feel sorry for them.

  • - 2011-05-17 13:14

    The only reason why we struggle to build a new and better South Africa is because of this government. We struggle and they steal.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 13:34

      That sounds more like a sweeping statement. when the ANC took over in 94 there was a huge world bank debt caused by your fathers, they looted everything including all resourceful land. The fact that we get almost nothing from the country's mines should show you the difficulty that we have in creating a proper tax base. I suspect you're probably suffering from an element of a foot and mouth disease. Our lives have improved a lot and the govt is accountable to us.

      Spanners - 2011-05-17 14:12

      this is thee best post here!!!

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-05-17 13:16

    ANC- the workers' choice. Basebenzi, COSATU has spoken: Go and vote for the ANC. Protect your rights against scavengers like DA. Your labour rights are secured in the ANC! Amandla!

      El Cid - 2011-05-17 13:21


      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 13:35

      We will hit the dog untill the owner comes out. VIVA ANC!!

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-17 13:40

      @myancmyfuture - by the dog you mean the black man right? Good idea - hit him...

      Barry - 2011-05-17 13:47


      DieBaas - 2011-05-17 14:32

      DO THE RIGHT THING TOMORROW AND VOTE DA, DA,DA and musa why you trying to sell that anc garbage here not much blacks here, or are you trying to convert the whites? to vote for your corrupt circus

      Felix - 2011-05-17 15:25

      @mycancerforever is that how they trained you to rob houses?

  • Deon - 2011-05-17 13:17

    Fat chance !!! Voting should be done over the weekend. Anyway, polls stay open 'till 7pm, so people can go vote after work. There are already far too many public holidays as it is. Our economy cannot handle all of them.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-17 13:36

      Dont you think it will be expensive to conduct elections on weekend? Overtime payments?

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-17 13:41

      @myancmyfuture - typical ANC supporter - the IEC should be on a volunteer basis - no salary only the satisfaction of helping the country... but you wouldnt understand something like that

      sefeddt - 2011-05-17 13:50

      @myancmyfutur your grasp of economics is very poor, a week day public holiday costs far more to the economy.

      Felix - 2011-05-17 15:28

      @sfeddt, his idea of making money is to plant a white in a pot then pick the notes that grow off him.

  • El Cid - 2011-05-17 13:22

    More like voting anc is a crime.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-17 13:27


  • Julius Dilem - 2011-05-17 13:27

    I remember about one or two weeks ago on Late Nite News... They had one of their spoof interviewers interviewing the youth 10 - 11 year olds asking who they are going to vote for... ANC... ANC... it seems these kids dont even realise the black man is against them... I feel sorry for the youth, their free education hasnt helped them very much...

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 13:31

    Why I will vote for the DA I am a ships captain and usually sail on big bulk carriers, which trade worldwide. My crews have mostly been Ukrainian or Polish for the last eleven years and before that were mainly South African and Philipino. At last count I have been to about 55 countries, although I have really visited maybe half of those well enough to say that “I have seen that country”. Some of those countries are well run and some not but the bad ones are mostly getting better. Like Ecuador or Kenya. Some are getting worse, like Sierra Leone. People are proud to be citizens of their country. And then I sail into a South African port and the crew just laugh at the shambles! Very embarrassing when a Ukrainian crew, whose country is a shambles laugh at South Africa! During the world’s biggest economic boom in history Richards Bay did not extend their facilities at all, berths were vacant while ships were at anchor waiting for their cargoes of coal that could not be delivered to the port due to “technical” problems. It used to be the worlds biggest coal exporting port, now its productivity is an international joke. We went to Saldanha Bay to load 120 000 tonnes iron ore for Japan, had to wait ten days because of derailments and other “technical” delays. What a joke! I had told the Ukrainian crew that it was a well-run port with a well-run rail system. Very embarrassing. I was in China a few weeks ago and the taxi driver taking me to the airport was laughing at Zuma who had been on TV news. Whatever Zuma had said, something about buying electric bicycles, made him into a joke to the Chinese! They knew all about him and his fleet of wives. Ships crews used to visit Durban (or Port Elizabeth or East London) and have a great time at the beaches or shopping or night-clubbing. They spent a lot of foreign money. Now it is not safe to go up the road. Every sailor in the world knows that! They like Cape Town though; they go to the Waterfront or up the mountain if they have time. The Canal Walk Mall blows their minds! The Dad’s Toys shop is their favourite spot. I want my country to be well run and good enough to stand up to any international scrutiny. It is not. I want the Ukrainian crew to tell me that they will be visiting South Africa. They do not. I want a country to be proud of! All citizens must be proud of their country! Our present bunch of anc “leaders” is the cause of the national embarrassment. South Africa has been destroyed by the anc, they cannot be trusted to fix it. Here are just a few catastrophes that the anc are directly responsible for…. 1/ Education – destroyed by the anc! 2/ Industrial productivity – destroyed by the anc! 3/ Medical care – destroyed by the anc! 4/ Defense force – destroyed by the anc! 5/ Employment – destroyed by the anc! 6/ Police force –destroyed by the anc! 7/ Roads, rail and ports infrastructure – destroyed by the anc! 8/ Farm productivity and safety – destroyed by the anc! 9/ Crime – rampant! 10/ Corruption and cronyism – rampant! What country in the world puts the Minister of Housing in charge of all the country’s toilets! Ha! Ha! The anc are useless, the anc must go! And the sooner the better and we can all agree on that! The only political party that has the vision to get things going and to get things right is the DA. Other smaller parties may have some good points but they are just diluting the vote and in some cases even maintaining the status quo. South Africa does not need the status quo, it needs change! Now! Vote DA! Only the DA can do it! South Africa needs the DA to take charge and fix the country. For poorer people, for richer people and all of us in between people, for your children, for all of us! Act now! Act decisively! Vote DA! Vote Zille!

      Audacious - 2011-05-17 13:51

      You are correct. But let me add. How can an elected official, who had years of inherited inexperience have a hope in hell of running a municipality, or ministry if they did not even know how to switch on a light, or what it take to generate anything. These guys and girls must be honest and say they don't know how to and those who know how to should not exploit the former.

      Zinki - 2011-05-17 13:51

      It is sad to know that we are the laughing stock of the world. Zuma and his cronies are an embarrassment to South Africa. The ANC followers are used to third world conditions so they don't know how this country SHOULD look.

      rianadk - 2011-05-17 13:54

      I assume that myancmyfutur and the likes did not comment because they couldn't concentrate long enough to read through all the paragraphs...bunch of parras!

  • SP - 2011-05-17 13:34

    Yes just vote anc you cosatu sheep. You have no understanding of economics whatsoever. Continue voting for a party that pulls the wool over your eyes. The workers will suffer more and more the longer the anc stays in power. You can't adopt a mentality of us vs them in business. You kill the business , then your workers will all rot. Mutually beneficial solutions need to be found. This trade union is only obsessed with its own bargaining power.

  • Barry - 2011-05-17 13:40

    Maki The garden is dilapidated because Jonas stole the tools Th washing is filthy because Cynthia is stupid and does not understand Eeeeeeeengrishhhhhhhhh

  • Johnl - 2011-05-17 13:46

    You are all ‘twats’ including the stupid reporter who wrote this article. Tomorrow is a public holiday. Go to the South Africa Government website at: Where it clearly states: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 has been declared a public holiday in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994, (Act No. 36 of 1994) to enable voters to participate in the local government elections.

      DW - 2011-05-17 14:28

      So what is your point? A public holiday has been declared, but I challenge you to go to your local shopping mall and see how many shops are open. Dont you think that they have a right to vote too? Many of them leave very early (certainly before polling stations open) to travel by taxi to get to work and get home quite possibly close to or after closing time of polling stations. In the suburbs we have short queues with quite a few voters in the morning but as the day goes on the queue gets a lot shorter and by late afternoon there is no-one there as everyone has voted. In many of the townships there are thousands of people in very long queues, which is why a whole day is set aside to allow voters to vote. Some wait for many hours in the queue. If they only get home at about 18h30 and still have to get to the polling station, how do you expect them to vote? Before you call people twats, make sure that you arent only looking at your cosy situation. There are people who arent as lucky as you.

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-05-17 13:47

    Only idiots support the ANC!

      ShabirS - 2011-05-17 14:02

      Failure to substantiate your insinuation make you an idiot

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-05-17 13:49

    and wherever the ANC loose tomorrow, they will cry fowl! must be great for them to be supported by idiotic no-brainers who believe every load of cr@p they get fed. Adios Africa.

  • mufasa - 2011-05-17 14:30

    Who is keeping any workers from voting? no one they are just making noise... and Maki adds some petrol and blablablabla kots... Maki you dont want DA to win.. good for you then stay out of WC.. you're a fn piece of manure that sprouted legs.

  • Colin - 2011-05-17 15:56

    Voting for the ANC is an even bigger CRIME against non violent citizens.

  • PAnzi_ne_ANC - 2011-05-17 16:26

    if satan himself ran in this election it would be a better alternative to the dhipshits in the African Nation of Chimpanzees

  • alvin - 2011-05-18 07:42

    You will commit a crime if you vote for ANC, you would vote for a racist and criminal party that sole the taxpayer money and did not deliver to the poor

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