Anarchic strikes must be tamed: Mantashe

2013-07-06 10:31

Pretoria - Lawlessness related to industrial disputes should be adequately dealt with, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Friday night.

He was speaking at the Gauteng annual provincial general council (PGC) in Pretoria.

Mantashe told delegates that incidents of anarchy in South Africa influence the world’s perception about the country.

"Are we allowing the collapse of collective bargaining and [letting] anarchy take over? What the world sees is Marikana, De Doorns, Satawu strikes and every strike accompanied with violence," he said.

"What will be a permanent intervention will be a comprehensive framework for collective bargaining and less tolerance for anarchy. The State must deal with anarchy".

Mantashe said opponents of the ANC have been agitating for discontent in the country.

"Where our opponents have nothing to offer, all they do is to attack this and that," he said.

Mantashe called for discipline to be enforced amongst all structures of the African National Congress.

"We have the responsibility to build the future. We have to enforce discipline in the movement, we cannot inherit it. We should be encouraged with the growth of our membership."

Mandela is ours

Provincial chair Paul Mashatile said utterances suggesting that the ANC had drifted from the values of the Freedom Charter were untrue.

"We must dismiss those who make the false and unfounded assertion that as the ANC we have drifted away from the vision articulated in the Freedom Charter. We have never done so," said Mashatile.

With regards to the 2014 elections, Mashatile said apart from retaining its traditional political strongholds, the ANC would to make inroads amongst first time voters and minority groups.

"This provincial general council is about strengthening our movement for the 2014 general election. Out of this PGC, we must emerge more determined and sure that the ANC wins the 2014 elections with an overwhelming victory."

"We should take time to explain to our people that the South Africa, in our case the Gauteng, of today is a far better place to live in than it was before 1994. Our democracy and its institutions are still intact, he said.

All speakers at the event paid tribute to ailing former president Nelson Mandela.

ANC Gauteng deputy chair Gwen Ramokgopa said the three-day event was dedicated to Mandela.

"We are claiming him as one of our own," she said.

"We want to acknowledge him as a comrade who not only stood for the ANC as a servant of the people of South Africa; he [also] stood for values of human rights and justice universally."

Long live Nelson Mandela

The delegates, dressed in white T-shirts bearing Mandela's image and the words "Long live Nelson Mandela", sang numerous struggle songs dedicated to the anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Throngs of well-wishers, senior politicians and family members have visited the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital since then.

Many have left tributes, flowers, cards, banners and posters for him at a wall outside the hospital.

On Thursday night, the presidency denied claims that Mandela was in a vegetative state.

"We confirm our earlier statement released this [Thursday] afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical but stable condition," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

"The doctors deny that the former president is in a vegetative state," he said.

  • Tuco Angeleyes - 2013-07-06 10:41

    lack of leadership is one of the reasons why these strikes have gone out of control like this. I'm no big fan of unions either. if this country had REAL leaders we would never have had to witness strikes like this.

      Revelgen - 2013-07-06 11:09

      Mantashe - you and your Commie partners started it - now you stop it. You have created a culture of entitlement, of 'no work/minimal work leads to success' and now it has come back to bite you. People CANNOT be paid what they demand; economics rules.

      Karl Kat - 2013-07-06 11:45

      @Revelgen... you are spot on. It is a culture of non tolerance, ill discipline and destruction which they are known for which followed them since the eighties. Knowing they have the masses on their side it is easy to manipulate therefore the wildcat strikes, destruction of property and companies loosing billions in revenue and we have start seeing the impact it has on potential investors. The mining industry is in for a hard time and the potential is there that thousands of jobs will be lost and that because of stupid mindless arrogance

      Voelgerus Diego - 2013-07-06 12:01

      Tuco. A good start would be to break up the unholy ALLIANCE between the ANC/COSATU/SACP.

      Hector Smythe - 2013-07-06 13:04

      bla bla bla, ANC always speaks about taming corruption and irregularities, yet when people behave with integrity they get expelled, yet when seniors are corrupt they are protected by judges.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-07-06 14:04

      and how do you intend "taming" them Mantashe? talk talk talk truth you have no clue what to do because you created this monster in the first place.

  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-06 10:47

    Deal with corruption. The ANC have gone to the dogs. Deal with people like the Guptas. We need good role models for our youth. Not people who get rich over night.

  • Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-07-06 10:56

    You must start buy stoping the rot in Governmt,hw do u just one Man spending 206 m at his private resident.Then u expect those poor workers to survive on a meagre com on dawg,u can be smart then tht pal.You ANC Corrupt ppl u treat all of us with disdain as if we some kind of dumb as** the day will come whn ur uneducated eletorates will open thy see.

  • Gaby Hide - 2013-07-06 10:59

    "Make inroads with first time voters and minority groups".. bwahahaha! Gauteng is going Down!

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-07-06 10:59

    Enforce discipline.....good let's have some action!!!

      Voelgerus Diego - 2013-07-06 11:53

      A good start will be the Mayor of Potch, and reinstate the sacked councilors.

  • Lionel De Frontignac - 2013-07-06 11:04

    What nonsense sayeth this man? These are chickens coming home to roost - where have we heard slogans like "making xyz ungovernable" before?

  • Gert Van Wyk - 2013-07-06 11:05

    Hi Gwede Mantashe will Lawlessness related to not adhering to court orders as in Potch also adequately dealt with.

  • Xolani Duma - 2013-07-06 11:14

    From an economic benefit standpoint, strikes do need taming in SA. What ever happens domestically is a reflaction of how we are internationaly, hence the media. However this taming should in no way take away the right of collective bargaining that favours employees. The more we put measures in place avoid another Marikana the better Foreign Direct Investment which would lead to more employment opportunities instead of retrenchments. The impact of which in the long run would result in a better state of our nation and patriotism. Above and beyond politics as a factor needed for growth, social cohesion is not an option but a must. Violent, unruly strike or legal strikes that stretches over weeks are not a way forward. I love this country, our challenges can be tackled head on with bills and policies that are in favour of economic and social growth.....Niels Bohr once said every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution, it forces us to change our thinking in order to find it!

      Herman Burger - 2013-07-06 12:21

      Bravo Brother, also for quoting the Great Dane.

      Xolani Duma - 2013-07-06 14:08

      The Great Dane indeed...if only political problems could be solved by physics!

  • Ian McNaughton - 2013-07-06 11:15

    Same old vacuous, self-evident clichés repeated endlessly. Only challenge here was to see if I could get to the end of the article before falling asleep. I failed miserably and it's all your fault ANC. (your cue Juda Juda)

  • proudlysa - 2013-07-06 11:17

    Excuse me, Gwede..when ANC people burn their own party's t shirts, is it also because the party do not offer them anything worth while any more? The ANC taught these thugs what to that it has turned against You you accuse the "opponents" of the ANC???? Duh....

  • Mc Tyandre - 2013-07-06 11:17

    Shut up !!

  • Maru Sebata - 2013-07-06 11:17

    Anarchy is whn politicians borrow billions 4rm state pension fund & set up mines, & pay little 2 miners 2 maximise profits, whn miners complain politicians instruct police 2 kill them! Thy becom billionairs 4rm nothing!! Voetsek!!!!

      Herman Burger - 2013-07-06 12:23

      Oh, so very right you are. Let us get rid of them.

  • Albert Martin - 2013-07-06 11:20


  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-06 11:22

    Has he recovered from the slap he got after speaking out about the Gupta affair?.

  • Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-06 11:22

    I can see that soon Zuma will be seen as a threat to the anc winning the next elections. He will be "recalled" and Mantashe will try for the "top-job". I foresee a palace coupe!

      Herman Burger - 2013-07-06 12:25

      Oh, may you ve right ANYTHING other than this abomination of a president must be an improvement.

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2013-07-06 11:24

    If you want to curb strikes, take away the power of the unions ..

      Kagiso Justice Sedumedi - 2013-07-06 11:48

      how do you do that? Have you heard of democracy?

      Herman Burger - 2013-07-06 12:28

      Really bad idea. The anc is the biggest problem and secondly big business. For example the construction industry. Not so long ago it was the people baking bread who were stealing form the poor. Without the unions the economic ruling class will be every bit as bad as the politicians.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-06 11:39

    ANC spewing worthless hot wind and lies again... keep quiet combrades nobody believes you any more! Viva Nkandla!

  • Petro Ackermann - 2013-07-06 11:45

    Bwahahahahahaha,what a joke.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-06 11:46

    Mantashe told delegates that incidents of anarchy in South Africa influence the world’s perception about the country. Wow - lightbulb moment Mantashe! So does poo throwing at the leader of the opposition and at international airports; corruption; and the behaviour of the president but that is par for the course!

  • Kagiso Justice Sedumedi - 2013-07-06 11:46

    true Gwede, we cannot have a country where contracts and agreements are disregarded with wild cat strikes surfacing every second day. we need stability and better investor confidence. The racist past did a lot of damage but going forward, no anarchy can be used to correct imbalances.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-06 12:08

      Stop corruption today, maybe harping on the past would become all the more historical. The sins of this regime are fast out-weighing that of the past.

  • Petro Ackermann - 2013-07-06 11:51


      Luthando Mbonyana - 2013-07-06 13:14

      Sheeem Mantashe, you have lost it. I see frustration from you(anc). You cant fool people for a such long time. Ni-out. I wonder if Zuma still says," you will rule until Jesus comes." Ningabulali abantu Mantashe pls, we don't want another Marikana.

  • Kwena Molekoa - 2013-07-06 11:51

    Stop anarchy , What will the ANC stand for then ? You Mantashe are the Ugly Face of anarchy , go look yourself in the mirror and tell us if you see what you like .

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-07-06 11:55

    19 years of hard evidence proves you wrong! ..... (Propaganda from the dept of BULLSH*T and LIES)

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-06 12:04

    You reap what you sow. Mismanage tens of billions of rands year after year and the wolves will come baying for your blood.

  • Herman Burger - 2013-07-06 12:13

    The world also sees the arms deal, Guptagate, rape charges,Inkandla and the world rightly assumes that the anarchy nor only in the labour maket but all over every aspect of life in this country is the logical consequence of a totally incompetent government lead by a scoundrel.

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-07-06 12:24

      What have been done over a 400 years period wont be easily over turned in less than 20 years and I don't care who says what because thats a fact.ANC doesn't have to be related to everything bad thats happening in South Africa because they have done a lot of good that we are enjoying and that we only dreamed of pre '94.I wont be told by my former oppressor what is good or not good for me because he never gave me what I'm enjoying now.If you associate the Anc with all sort of bad things you leave me no space to associate the DA with apartheid and it being a harbour of pretenders,extremists and capitalists.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-06 13:05

      Karabo. What most of you conveniently forget and/or wish to deny is the extensive international involvement with the fall of apartheid. Without the help of former colonizers the ANC would have remained a terrorist organization. Btw. You speak with such disdain of ''capitalists''. Remind us again what the Motsepe's, Sexwale's, Maponya's and so many others are like Zuma, Malema, Mbeki, Mantashe, Shaik's and that fake communist Nzimande, list goes on and on, actually are. Sold down the river has a hole different meaning, or is still the same old?

      Xolani Duma - 2013-07-06 14:59

      Tap, my is this type of divide that needs ironing out that is needed to get both black and white to work more efficiently as a country than we are doing now. Not picking sides, from a holistic view both of you are right taking into account the different backgrounds. We have been sold down the river to a certain extent, but not all the way, a lot of good has been done by the ANC moving forward after 94. Yes there is corruption, backlocks in service delivery, education and the likes, it lies with us, black and white in the current political climate to agree on a way forward and stop pointing fingers. Lets put these differences aside cause it seems we are aware of them and discuss means and ways of working together from hear on.

  • Juan Carlos Copes - 2013-07-06 12:15

    This has got to do with lack of leadership, yes. But its also about abuse of workers and the poor. Leaders ignore these people and the only way to have themselves heard is by striking. And as for the CEOs, etc, who earn R40m while a worker earns R6000, both doing a days work, only the one decides himself what his salary should be and what the workers salary is. If the CEOs, etc, weren't so greedy there would be a lot more tolerance from all.

  • Andrew M - 2013-07-06 12:22

    How long has it taken this government and the ANC to reach the conclusion that the type of strike action in South Africa is harmful not only to the mining sector but to the country as a whole. However when Trade Unions are affiliated and part of the ruling party very little can be done to curb strikes. Now it is not too late to stop the rot and deal decisively with the Unions, but does our government have the necessary will to do so. Time will tell.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-06 12:41

    Speaking with forked tongue manatashe you only want to 'tame' AMCU as they are destroying NUM (and anc) Scared are you? Viva nkandla

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-07-06 12:51

    other comments here are just from the bitterness from some people for loosing power to the ANC in '94.What I can tell you now is that even when DA can win the elections in a distant future we will revolt against it like what is currently happening in Egypt,in shot we wont be ruled by this people ever again!!!

      Al Loots - 2013-07-06 13:08

      Whoah. Power lost!? How about power given. You really need to catch up on your history and develop some insight into international affairs.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-06 13:17

      Same applies to this so-called ''rule until Jesus comes''. Little bit of science. Whatever goes up must come down. How fleeting the opportunity for a pariah to exact its influence. Remember. This country is not the sole domain of the ANC and its supporters. Neither is it a very good idea to alienate those who also wish to contribute to a viable thriving society, just because they do not support all your views. This merely exposes oneself to be nothing than a bigot.

  • Motupu Makoro - 2013-07-06 13:05

    Anarchist emerges only if the country is been run like a spazashop,nd for the record mandela does nt belong to anybody he belongs to all South Africans.

  • Musawakhe Ngubane - 2013-07-06 13:10

    Yes my SG, there is no room for anarchy. That's why the ANC is expelling all those who think they are bigger than the movement. We will restore discipline in the ANC. We must deal harshly with these vigilant groups who are causing chaos in the mining sector. We know who are instigating violence in the mines, let us sort them out.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-06 13:23

      That's the problem when the cookie crumbles. All the carrion comes ... Actually, I was thinking of a corpse shedding its rotten remains ... All the same I suppose.

  • Marquise Lucky - 2013-07-06 13:14

    You and Zuma you think like we are stupid(tell zuma to stay away from corruption and ladys plze)you too sucks

  • Miles Willemse - 2013-07-06 13:23

    Gwede u forget u use to encourage it , Cosatu, Num , are loosing Face the workers are Tired . too many promises. Look at our textile industry what did Cosatu really do .How many are unemployed because of no intervention by the Cosatu

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-07-06 13:27

    Reaping what they sewed. Kry vir julle!

  • Miles Willemse - 2013-07-06 13:29

    Karabo ,u r Vain . The Arab revolt started with the unemployed ppl in Tunisia feeling enough is enough. No Job No Food .Promises Promises

  • Strikeback - 2013-07-06 13:36

    Ok then, if the Freedom Charter say you must employ your friends an family and steal the country blind - you are spot on and have not drifted. If that is not in the Charter, I am afraid, you have drifted quite a bit Mantashe!

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-06 13:39

    Shut up manatashe ridicilous little man with the comical little look like mini Lenin (albeit a plump ugly lenin)

  • Johan Lotz - 2013-07-06 13:43

    Finally when it suits them the aANCer recognizes what business have been saying all these years

  • Dodas - 2013-07-06 14:04

    For the unemployed, poverty stricken citizens and the working class, this government and the previous one are the same the anarchy you talk about will only stop when corruption,looting of the countries resources stops.

  • Matlhaba Bushupeng - 2013-07-06 14:16

    Karabo is an ANC member.and less aSA citizen when he thinks he thinks ANC so any other citizen has no right unless such is a member. Of his party similarly so is Gwedes take .we had strikes for years .amcu are anarchist because they advance non ANC agenda.DA cannot rule course they have own agenda actually no one can rule unless u are AN ANC borer.where? Is democracy here.but to make sense of all this,look at it from the president s interpretation of rights.he is the head of the regressive /sorry progressive movement.chickens must come roost .

  • Winston Jackson - 2013-07-06 14:24

    would this poephol have said the same thing under the nats the answer is a no brainer.

  • Roger Jenkins - 2013-07-06 15:06

    The ANC encouraged it in the first place. No 1 used it extensively.

      France Randara - 2013-07-07 01:51

      that's true!! What ANC did in its powers to avoid this?? Nothing rather than copying other countries way of ruling.

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-07-06 15:41

    Its the ANC tht must be tamed. Its corruption everywhere they go.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2013-07-06 15:56

    Well, even your substandard education won't keep the masses uneducated about your cancerous corrupt leadership and governance anymore. They are getting sick and tired of promises for things to get better, while leaders are building mansions. Service levels that are appalling. Healthcare that is failing. Indeed, even the uneducated masses are learning you, ANC , are failing them as a leading party.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-06 16:21

    You got it and it wont go away until the country is milked dry and all will be out of work.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-06 19:02

    Hey Mantashe. This is what your ANC wants! Don`t start complaining now. You get what you deserve!

      thozi - 2013-07-06 23:34

      Mantashe's concern is that the protesters are now acting outside the ANC mandate... They are now demonstrating violently outside the Western Cape; his main worry is that, because they misunderstand ANC orders, they will soon be splashing buckets of "Poo" at OR Tambo International Airport...

  • David Galioth - 2013-07-07 07:09

    Anarchic strikes must be tamed: Mantashe - Wrong - NOT must be WILL BE. Less talk more walk. Ps - your words don't mean much if your boss - zzzz omer is the one telling everyone it is their right to strike.

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