ANC to act on violent strikes

2013-02-04 14:32

Johannesburg - The ANC said on Monday it was urgently finding ways to deal with violent strikes and protests in the country.

"The lekgotla directed the state to find ways... to deal with the twin phenomenon of violent strikes and violent community protests," party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists in Johannesburg.

He was speaking following an ANC lekgotla and national executive committee meeting.

"Lawlessness and anarchy cannot be allowed to be the dominant feature of strikes and protests."

  • djmarcosa - 2013-02-04 14:49

    here is another promise that cANCer wants to state just to fool people, so that they keep their votes.. don't fall for their lies people..

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2013-02-04 14:55

      I now see the words violent strike and African National Congress as one - the ANC seems to at best tolerate violence, and at worst encourage it!

      procold2 - 2013-02-04 15:19

      they fooling themselves even the most uneducated,rural, or the uninformed person does not believe the sh#$ the anc is saying or will be delivering

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-04 15:35

      ANC you lost your creditability longtime ago. The world see the ANC only as one thing. The most racist and corrupted party in the WORLD!!

      Willie - 2013-02-04 16:15

      Now you gonna loose spoiled,thugs,unruly supporters

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2013-02-04 17:01

      Thus far many violent strikes beared fruits in comparison to negotiations. People would always go for option that beares fruits. It is difficult as well to convince people not to turn violent when they hear of all the fat cats corruption in government.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-05 07:38

      Talk, talk, talk! - Think it makes them look good, but no ACTION will ever be taken!!!!!

  • prot.kpax.33 - 2013-02-04 14:50

    Start by keeping with your promises on service and bussing in people to areas that you want to make ungovernable and lastly disband the mafia unions. Just by doing this you will see a 90% drop in violent strikes. Need I even mention it was the anc who thought them to burn and destroy when protesting.

  • andre.vaneeden.14 - 2013-02-04 14:52

    I understand that striking is part of our constitution, but is it part of the constitution to do it with dangerous weapons. Sorry Mantashe, you guys alowwed the weapons for a number of years and now you want to cry fowl

      PB - 2013-02-05 08:03

      Geez Gwede, and it took you this long to realise that for your supporters "strikes" and "violent" can not be split. They are a bunch of lawless thugs that you have created by letting them carry on in this way without anything happening to them. Getting bussed in, free booze, looting encouraged and zero consequences guaranteed - why would they stop now?

  • - 2013-02-04 14:52

    The 500m mark at the driving range never looked so busy....

  • lawrence.meyer.14 - 2013-02-04 15:07

    These violent strikes is a monster the ANC created in the apartheid days that's come back to bite them.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-04 15:37

      They the ANC is still using it today when it suit them. They tried to steal a province in the Western Cape, providing food for the strikers with our tax money. WARNING, DO NOT BELIEF THESE CORRUPTED RACIST THIEF'S!

  • simson.moller - 2013-02-04 15:07

    Good luck with that. It's culture to steal, plunder and rape during "peaceful" strikes. Its like expecting of Zuma to have only one wife...!

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2013-02-04 15:09

    First you start them and then you want to stop them? I think they have a tiger by the tail.

  • tom.hudson3 - 2013-02-04 15:09

    Unless they take place in the Western Cape

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2013-02-04 15:11

    I already know what the cANCer can do.....their jobs

  • Wonderkind - 2013-02-04 15:14

    On point as usual Leonard. Couldn't agree more.

  • Muzikayise Siziba - 2013-02-04 15:17

    The ANC said Moeletsi Mbeki was bitter when he talked about what happened in the arab countries (Arab Spring). I am echoing his words. But now it looks as if it might be sooner than predicted by Mr Mbeki. The people are hungry, exploited, unemployed,etc. What is causing the violent strikes? That is what the ANC should be dealing with.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-04 15:17

    Easy, stop stealing the money we give you and channel it to the people who need it. You, dear government, are the problem!

  • Genesistt - 2013-02-04 15:24

    How long have we been at the whim of violent strikers and protesters?! It's been years!!! And now all of a sudden the ANC will find a way to deal with it urgently. Fan-bloody-tastic! Why haven't they don't something about them a year ago? Two years ago?! I know why! Because there wasn't an election coming.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-04 15:40

    So when will the pathetic ANC choose to take action? Another empty gesture with no plans, they just stand up and say blah blah blah - and do nothing again and again. Please show some sort of service delivery you ANC buch of parasites.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-02-04 15:41

    Just give them everything they ask for

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 15:58

    Lawlessness and anarchy?. You allow it when it suits your agenda. Hypocrites.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-04 17:19

      Especially in the Western Cape.

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-02-04 16:03

    Brilliant, we don't even stop to think about what causes the strikes, all we worry about is stamping them out. They become more like the Nats every day.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2013-02-04 16:03

    Any of us might be pushed to the limit to just strike. So...FYI

  • ron.lawrance - 2013-02-04 16:20

    I'm confused. Is the ANC or is the Government saying this? Or am I behind the times and they are both one and the same. I would have thought it would have been the responsibility of the Government to be acting against violence.

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2013-02-04 16:21

    How about finding ways to avoid strikes? And please stop using poor people, like you called on nkandla people to block Zille (with strike) from visiting.....i don't how that place...., to protect your god.

  • richard.scully2 - 2013-02-04 16:21

    The ANC instigate them so how are they going to act? By not calling them? South Africa is the only country

  • Brad - 2013-02-04 16:32

    Get some of those old Nats heads in. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

  • The_Don_@_Nkandla - 2013-02-04 16:32

    Agreed...BUT haw many lawless & violent strikes does it require to start doing something about it? We had 3 recent huge strikes which resulted in violence, loss of life and destruction of public & private properties - Marikana, Amplats, KDC, De Doorns. All municipal-related strikes are violent & destructive. Violent community protests at Sasolburg,etc. And now, all of a sudden, there's yet another resolution by the ANC. Last year at Marikana the ANC told investors 'not to panic' & said more or less the same thing. JUST MUMBO JUMBO! BUT, perhaps ol' Jacob was given a serious talk to or 2 at DAVOS and perhaps Cyril's presence and reality checks are starting to help BUT I for one, am not very hopeful. The ANC is very very slow on the uptake...

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2013-02-04 16:39

    Again who introduced and perfected this unlawful mob mentality - COSATU, SADTU and NUM. The ANC has always turned a blind eye to this and in fact supported this criminal behaviour. Changing this mentality is going to be a challenge for the government.

  • lawrence.brown.5243817 - 2013-02-04 16:44

    1) Reign in those idiots in the Youth League and punish them for incitement to violence. 2) Get out of bed with the unions and represent the Citizens you're supposed to about conflict of interests! 3) Make wildcat strikes a criminal offence if any damage is sustained. 4) Any legitimate strike must be accompanied by a deposit of several millions, refundable in the event of no damage being sustained. There, your charter written in two minutes...darn useless so and so's!

  • Watkykj - 2013-02-04 16:45

    Ok sure, This coming from buffoons that throw shoes and chairs at each other in meetings.......

  • boitumelo.matshediso.98 - 2013-02-04 17:01

    I just wonder how are they going to deal with it,hopefully is not going to be Marikana way cause that's what the police seems to be doing lately.Again they should start internally with their supporters and stop making promises they can't keep.

  • bongani.khumalo.967422 - 2013-02-04 17:05

    they are always looking for ways to do things but never actually doing anything. useless muppets in charge of this country

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-04 17:09

    If the ANC are sincere (which I'll wait to see) they're probably looking at a knee-jerk, short-time solution. The long-term solution is two-fold - civics should be taught in schools from primary level, and a campaign aimed at the electorate needs to be undertaken to explain that democracy is not just about rights; it's also about responsibilities.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-02-04 17:13

    ANC cant keep part of its deal thats why people are so violent when protesting.

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-04 17:44

    ANC is easy,deliver your promises,and no protests I promise u....

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2013-02-04 18:25

    I think Zuma got a good talking to in Switzerland. Maybe somebody told him what a disaster his policies are creating...

  • pedro.gemelgo - 2013-02-04 19:00

    Whatever, the ANC has not been able to control anything since they came in to power, 18 years ago, the protestors were brought up to burn everything and destroy when they don't get their way, what's going to stop that now?

  • duncan.phopi - 2013-02-04 20:09

    sorry anc it won`t work- as is wat u use violence and intimidation.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 20:56

    So what is the super plan of action. Tell them to do it in a peaceful, grown up, educated, civilized manner? Yes I don't think so and don't think that will work. Maybe they should write and distribute text books and the heading must say "How to stand up for your rights the civilized way and get better results" o yes without killing other human beings

  • Strikeback - 2013-02-04 22:03

    Mantashe. You are talking utter nonsense. Joemat Peterson's office confirmed on Carte Blance that they supplied the striking farm workers with food to the tune of R10m. This was during violent strike action. You kept them fed and happy so they can strike with full stomachs. You promote violence when it suits you and my wish is that the favor be returned when you are exposed for the instigators you and your lapsogs, the unions, are. When the masses realize how they have been abused, you should exchange your Crocodile leather shoes and Armani suit for a pair of Nikes and a track suit.

  • piet.boerie - 2013-02-05 04:52

    How by shooting them like you did to then in Lonmin, Cyril is in town now. It is your partners in government that are violent so just reach around and slap the man next to you. More ANC members have been murdered by thier own in the last 20 years than by the Aparteid government in 60 years.

  • KCorsar - 2013-02-05 06:56

    a meeting to discuss how to prevent strikes from turning violent, what a waste of time! The recent farm strikes in WC clearly implicates the Government as being the 'chessmaster' - with the Department of Agriculture using Food Security Fund money to provide food hampers to striking workers (this smacks of collusion) and in so doing places them in conflict with the Labour Department which is accountable for setting minimum wages per Labour Act. So when do Ministers actually talk to each other, before destabilising the economics of a region and country. Try have them talk to each other first MR Secretary General..............just another hot air exchange to confuse the masses yet again under the pretense of actually 'working for the people'

  • jacqui.grigg - 2013-02-05 08:46

    Well. I do not want to criticise a wonderful statesman, but the sewerage farm hit the windmill when Nelson Mandela publically uttered.."It is your constitutional right to strike" many many years ago. Yep it may be, but unfortunately somebody neglegted to advise people it has to be peaceful. You made your bed...unfortunately the people are suffering the consequences of a bad nights sleep.

  • Cina - 2013-02-05 09:02

    How many times have we heard this, and nothing happens it just get more violent with every new strike.

      moena.sekoebetlana - 2013-02-16 17:25

      I am really surprise and unhappy about what is happening in area In cina palmietfontein sterkspriut as hole this is unexpected Zuma or nation is die while u president every where they is strike people are die baba really don't understand what leadership is on u? And would share of how many people die on you term if u not acting against this.

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-02-05 09:35

    Start by stopping your corruption and using public funds for all your lavish lifestyles and build more houses, schools, universities and hospitals. At least employ people in positions who can do their jobs properly and not because they are your buddies or family members. At least give us proper service delivery, all things we actually pay for!!!

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