150 000 expected at crime protest

2010-04-16 07:48

Pretoria - Some 150 000 people will hold a national day of protest against crime on May 19, Solidarity union said on Thursday.

"People are tired of crime. Their emotions are boiling over. People's emotions need to be channelled," said Solidarity deputy secretary-general Dirk Hermann in Pretoria.

Solidarity invited all South Africans, unions and other organisations to join the protest.

Herman said 150 000 was a conservative figure because all South Africans were affected by crime.

"They are sick and tired of this. We expect hundreds and thousands of South Africans."

The date of the protest could change once discussions with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) were finalised.

Solidarity was applying to Nedlac, in terms of the Labour Relations Act, for Solidarity members to be protected on that day. This meant they could stay away from work without fearing disciplinary action.

Hermann said non-Solidarity members would either have to take a day off or make other arrangements for the protest.

Students from universities across South Africa were also expected to join although they would start exams on that day.

AfriForum chairperson Ernst Roets said he had made contact with the University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria University and North West University, amongst others.

"We will make contact with other universities."

Protesters planned to hand over memorandums to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and police stations.

Solidarity said the police were ineffective in dealing with crime.