Angry miners stone Vavi's car - reports

2012-10-19 15:49

Cape Town - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s car was pelted with stones on Friday while visiting striking miners in Orkney, reports say.

Vavi was on his way to visit a third hostel at AngloGold's mine when angry workers attacked the vehicle.

SABC journalist Pearl Magubane tweeted: "#orkneymine Vavi's car stoned on his way to itereleng residential - 3rd hostel."

#AngloGold media told to leave the area because "it is too dangerous", after Vavi's car was pelted with stones,” Aldrin Sampear, a Jacaranda FM journalist tweeted.

Earlier, miners at a different hostel became hostile while Vavi was addressing them, with many walking away.

Jacaranda FM reported that Vavi had to be whisked away by bodyguards.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 15:52

    Yes! The empire strikes back! You reap what you sow.

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-19 15:58

      Welcome to the real world Vavi - Welcome to YOUR real world. VIVA VAVI VIVA. This is actually how most South Africans live - they wait in fear to drive into their driveways not knowing what is waiting for them!

      Willie - 2012-10-19 16:20

      This is what we have been saying: Stop supporting the ruling party it is an outdated concept Start to deal with issues of labour not politics Some members of the union do not support the ruling party(this is the soure of formation of new ubions) lastly disband the ineffective allaince. SACP --drinl red bull and have your own wings(stop hitch hiking COSATU --labour issues no more politics ANC --start ruling

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-19 16:23

      Pity they were'nt handgrenades

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-19 16:24

      I love it. It seems like the corrupt,thieving CancER is falling apart. Man do I love it

      JaredVN - 2012-10-19 16:28

      Bwa-ha-ha! The revolution is devouring its own children. If this were Paris in the 1790's, Vavi's head would be headed for a basket. I love it! Kry vir julle, bliksems! You could dish it out in the 1970's and 1980's, but can you take it???

      ISO - 2012-10-19 16:40

      Big mistake arriving at the mines in your luxury car ZV, should off gone there with your scooter. It cleary shown that your are eating inyama, while they have to eat pap.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-19 16:50

      @Christelle. You may be on to something in the line of lyrics "VIVA VAVI VIVA."

      matt.jarvis.77312477 - 2012-10-19 16:51

      @JaredVN If this was Libya 2011,Vavi's entire corpse not just his head would be in a cold storage freezer somewhere in the Sahara Desert.

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-19 17:06

      Ha Andrez, you are right:-) - any taker on writing a song of revolution with that line - and I mean a revolution against our incompetent government?

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-19 17:10

      These people they dont want to negotiate, they want violence and they want to take and only Malema speak their language, the language of hate racism and violence

      siphokamntimande.ngwenya - 2012-10-19 17:38

      In Vavi and COSATU we,thanks for ur comments

      lario.borges - 2012-10-19 17:45

      @ChristelleJames Just by the way, MOST SOUTH AFRICANS don't drive! They cannot afford cars! - 2012-10-19 17:47

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-19 17:53

      Lario, true. But even worse - then they need to take taxi's and we do not have to go into the details and dangers of that!

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-10-19 18:37

      The umpire gets stricken back - Vavi will be eaten alive by his own creations - Africa will never forgive & forgets its own created bafoons.

      punungwe - 2012-10-19 20:13

      When your house catches fire, it is better to put it out when it is still small. When the roof has carved in, it is too late. Vavi is running around with a handheld fire-extinguisher to put out the fire after the roof has carved in.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-21 09:06

      Vavi,Tell the workers how much is your wages each month that you draw from the union (the workers contributions) every month and perks,ALL OF THEM

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-19 15:58

    Poor Messiah, He thought he can heal those born blind.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-19 17:33

      Phew! what a turn of events, wonder if he skidded on what he left behind.

      thozi - 2012-10-19 23:00

      It can't be Union Members... Remember it's always "other" elements that burn, loot, deface, destroy, kill, stone, trash... never "Union Members who are much disciplined". Of all people, Mr Vavi should know better.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-19 15:59

    Now if they would go and Stone JZ and Chancellor House, it would make my Day.

  • Fixzoza - 2012-10-19 15:59

    Nice.. - 2012-10-19 17:47

  • Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-19 15:59

    Well done to the miners, ask if Vavi can survive with the salary that the miners are getting....

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-19 16:00

    ONLY THUGS need Bodyguards ---Perhaps at LAST the Wukkers are realising that the Unions are the main cause of all their problems --Not the Mine Management. Get rid of these useless Communist Unions . No doubt Vavi has a few Mercs spare .

  • amos.simelane - 2012-10-19 16:02

    Apparently "The centre cannot hold, Things Fall Apart"

  • nkosi.khumalo.33 - 2012-10-19 16:05

    Good!! For far toooo long these union leaders have misled poor workers. Telling workers to go on strike and not get paid, while they get paid big fat salaries. I hope Vavi got the message, I would've also done the same

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-10-19 16:07

    The workers have spoken

  • motsarami - 2012-10-19 16:07

    Give those miners a BELLS!!!!!U sit in ur black leather chair,swing it,sip coffee and forget the reason why u r in tht chair,and when the miners finally realise that they only hv themselves as their genuine representative(s), u equally wanna talk them 2 go and slip with the enemy again!U r the enemy and u deserve 2 b stoned 2!!Viva Miners Viva!!

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-19 19:32

      True that, Vavi undererstimated the intelligence of the miners. The politicians do the same talking down to the citizens of this country, as if we're their children. No more, we are all adults and want to be treated as such.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-10-19 16:08

    Your time is comming to an end, also.

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-10-19 16:11

    Yes it is risky to gather the masses, incite the masses then lose control of the masses !! they have a habit of kicking your butt !!

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 19:47

      Yes Dave. As a wise man (must have been from another time and place!) once said: "thrilling to ride a tiger....the problem occurs, when you want to get off!!" ha ha

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-19 16:13

    The tribe has spoken...lmao I wish to have seen his face....

      ISO - 2012-10-19 16:42

      lol, indeed. Im sure he has some skid marks!

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-10-19 16:15

    Ahhhhh, the Vanguards of the Proletarians revolution have become the enemies of the Proletarians. The Proletarians have adopted the Luxemburgism and assume the Proletarian dectatorship.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-19 16:17

    PURE ANARCHY....this will gather momentum unless, quite sadly, violence begets violence. The adage 'violence begets violence' is mostly considered when viewed from the point of view of 'if SAPS uses violence, the povo will react with violence !', but 90% of the time the povo are the instigators. The minimum recipe to fight fire, is a bigger fire going in the opposite direction. Sights your own time....carry on !

  • sam.husseni.1 - 2012-10-19 16:21

    Mr. Vavi is double standard leader. To day he endorses ZUMA and tomorrow he says something different. People do not want Zuma and his camp. You are sinking Chief with him. Am black and wont vote for anc if he is at the helm. Smell the coffee anc. workers do not want him anymore.

  • - 2012-10-19 16:21

    hip hip hurray!

  • george.michaelides.71 - 2012-10-19 16:22

    and so the wheel turns............

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-19 16:23

    Vavi's name will always stay associated with the failed promise he made that Cosatu would go to the streets etc if the price of electricity increased dramatically. That was four or five years ago. Nothing came of his pomise to the country. He and Cosatu were obviously content with the outrageous wage increases their (trade union paying) members scored at Escom at the time. Opportunism! We hear the same kind of talk about E-tolling. We expect of course the same kind of outcome as in the case of the electricity increases and the E-tolling will go ahead without Cosatu lifting a finger. The workers should take note. If the mines were nationalized there would not even have been talks. Vavi or whoever else (Julius Malema and friends?) would simply arrive in convoy accompanied by armored cars and INSTRUCT the workers back to work. They won't need to concern themselves with production like private owners spurred on by the profit motive. The owners won't have to worry because they will own the mines irrespective whether they make a profit. Why would they still even want to talk with the workers? The workers have no idea how two-edged both the profit motive and the nationalizing mentality can be. Rather the profit motive with its efficiency and the need to take the roles of all the production factors into considertation than the state ownership mentality where the state will simply ignore the workers because the state (Malema. Vavi and friends) can.

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 19:56

      Indeed, the Aurora miners come to mind. NO RAISE, NO PAY and not even a PENSION! Filling the space created by the "brain drain" with family and friends can result in tragedy for the people....who voted you into office in the first place.

  • fly.onthewall.54 - 2012-10-19 16:25


  • rockafella.funksatar - 2012-10-19 16:26

    now msholozi shud try going to the mines........what people want is money only nothing else........La ma miner akawubambi umshini

  • rockafella.funksatar - 2012-10-19 16:26

    now msholozi shud try going to the mines........what people want is money only nothing else........La ma miner akawubambi umshini

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-10-19 16:27

    From bottom to top,Zuma is next. I cant wait for that.\r\nToo much talkin while we the poor suffer.\r\nMalema come rescue us.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-19 18:41

      With the money he stole from us?

      richard.wynne.332 - 2012-10-20 19:53

      Malema only teaches people to take ( basically begging) if you don't learn how to create and keep taking then it will eventually run out. When there's nothing laft to take what will you do Ntobane?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-19 16:28

    Oh my word!!!!!! they could'nt have been Union members that did that. Unions members are very well behaved. Now he will know how innocent people feel that are struggling to make ends meet and have their property vandalized by these hooligans. These miners have been paying dues to a useless Union that lavishes in their money and does bugger all, they only worried about getting the people to vote for the ANC. They cannot be work for the people and work for the Government, who are they being loyal the moment I would say to government all looking for those high paid positions. Union and politics dont go together and the people are starting to see that. Good I hope your car was badly damaged and that you felt very very scared like some of our citizens who have been caught in one of your strikes. Next time they will lynch you.

  • gail.welman - 2012-10-19 16:29

    Oh YAY - feel the wrath of the people ye who live in the glass castle. When is the government going to wake up and quell this violence. This is not normal reactionary violence but a concerted behind the scenes movement to cause unstability in this country. Beware the government of useless implementation. I think your days are numbered. The problem with violence government change is that the vacuum left behind will be filled with mindless idiots.

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-19 16:29

    Please hit him on the head next time. - 2012-10-19 16:33

      I can drink to that, cheeers!

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-19 16:32

    What do you know, those chickens do hatch.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-19 16:35

    People aint stupud, that is what happens when u endorse a failed current leadership, when u claim otherwise. The same picture will ermege after Mangaung. I agree these guys are doubled standard, and peole aint stupid to be manipulated.

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 20:05

      Peter, I really really hope we South Africans are not as stupid as we currently appear to the world!! I remember questioning the intellectual ability of the Americans when they voted George Bush in a second time.....I should have kept my mouth shut(!) We look like the IDIOTS here...

  • molifi.tshabalala - 2012-10-19 16:35

    The culture of anarchy, I hate to say it but it serves him right. It is high time that the trade union federation cum political party should depoliticise itself and concert its effort on addressing workers' needs. \r\n\r\nAmid the Marikana crisis, I did not hear any report telling me that COSATU held a special meeting to discuss workers'needs but it held a meeting to discuss ANC leadership, it serves him right

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-10-19 16:37

    Let the games begin! endorsing notorious president's second term is a sin...

  • patrickmpanyana.mogwaneng - 2012-10-19 16:38

    Vavi deserve it.He has two colours.Therefore he can't be trusted.South Africans are tired of ZUMA.Today Vavi will agree and the following morning he endorse the Shower head.Fact=SA is leaderless.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-19 16:40

    Oooh - such a terrible thing. The tears into my eyes they spring!

  • native.rsa - 2012-10-19 16:40

    Brilliant I love it, and that was for saying he supports the shower man

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-10-19 16:44

    They want Julius Malema their leader

      eben.vanderrmerwe - 2012-10-19 18:54

      There are so many sensible people posting on these sites........but you are always gonna get the odd SOD. Is't pleasing though to see that they are in the vast minority, like you Joe.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-10-20 06:27

      eben, you find my posts odd because I speak of someone who you hate the most, whether you like it or not, it's Julius who they want to listen to, well not every1 sees Juju as a fool,\r\n\r\ndelete this 1 as well

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-19 16:52

    Went to cause more sheeeeeet and back fired. Hahaha. Music to my ears. Go and complain to the Marikana police station. Lol.

  • ashleigh.ronaldon - 2012-10-19 16:53

    This is what democracy is about. It has nothing to do with the colour of skin to forward an opinion. Everybody want the same goal at the end. We must all stand together to fight anything corrupt

  • Shonisani - 2012-10-19 16:56

    How did he survive this basturd,traitor. Next pls make sure.

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-19 16:58

    Didn't Vavi tell some miners a month ago that he will fight and die alongside them to ensure they get fair treatment and wages? I bet he soiled himself when he realised he might be killed by the very people he is meant to help! This is what happens when leaders in this country keep talking about revolution, war, fighting, spilling blood, etc. You keep instilling the idea that violence will eventually work. Our nation is already excessively violent and the leaders are making things worse.

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 20:12

      Indeed Frank, but now we see why Zuma needs to spend a fortune on security.....what a pity tax paying(!) voters - I do realize only a very few voters actually pay taxes - can not vote for the projects they wish to finance with their own hard earned income.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-19 17:03

    You can't keep on feeding people the same poison over

  • - 2012-10-19 17:03

    So the Miners invite Malema and the Gov/SAPS escorted him to N12 by a helicopter. Vavi decide to pay Miners a courtesy visit and Miners throw stones at him. Poor Miners did not have a helicopter for Vavi.

  • joshua.sematla - 2012-10-19 17:04

    Take that mr vavi..this is what u taught them..haha I'm loving this. how I wish they could also pelt malema or zuma with hail of stones

  • wanda.novukela - 2012-10-19 17:04

    The ticking bomb you often talk about has exploded on you Mr Vavi. The poor do not trust your loyalties!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-10-19 17:14

    Vavi has openly pledged his support for zuma. A president that has single-handedly brought this country to its knees,through nepotism,tribalism,corruption, fronting,fraud,double-parking etc. Vavi must blame no one but himself.

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-10-19 17:16

    Vavi it was long coming.U reap what u saw.U failled 2 control dureng the time of Marikana,now they are the lose cannons u can't do them anything.Only the police can dael with them.Ask Juluis.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-10-19 17:19

    Hahaha excellent! Getting some of your own medicine Vavi?

  • FinalJustice - 2012-10-19 17:22

    Vat so katvis!

  • civil.moabi - 2012-10-19 17:25

    i wish showerman was there workers are tired of tripatite alliance lies and exploitation by their friends owning these companies.Vavi next time go there with President Malema u will get a warm welcome

  • Mardkun - 2012-10-19 17:30

    Mr Vavi: The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr said "violence begets violence…the ultimate weakness of violence is that it…[begets] the very thing it seeks to destroy". Reflect on how much violence you have encouraged as part of the revolution and how much violence you have failed to take decisive action against related to protest marches and strikes and therefore - despite your words - tacitly condoned. I guess the reverend had a point. Perhaps it's time to take a stronger, more active and more proactive stance against violence in this country in whatever form it takes. Lets see some truly peaceful protests from now on.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-19 17:35

    Cosatu thought them how to strike with violence, now deal with it.

  • Mandla - 2012-10-19 17:36

    please call me,u know i could have finished him he s a traitor.we dffer on malema we aggree on many.

      malibongwemahonono.malbie - 2012-10-19 17:58

      its time to tell the workers inyani guyz