Cosatu protesters brave Cape Town heat

2012-03-07 12:25

Cape Town - Cosatu's march against e-tolling and labour brokers got underway before 11:00 in Cape Town on Wednesday, with protesters braving blistering heat to take part.

Just before 12:00, strikers had arrived at Parliament.

Earlier, the crowd which stretched about two city blocks, had taken shelter under the trees to avoid the direct sunlight. Others were singing and dancing on the street in circles, carrying knobkerries.

A woman also drew the crowd's attention when, standing on the back of a Cosatu truck, broke into the controversial song "bring me my machine gun" - a trademark tune of President Jacob Zuma.

The crowd started converging on Keizersgracht around 08:30.

Some schoolchildren in uniform also joined the gathering's ranks.

Members of a number of Cosatu affiliate unions had come out in support of the march, including the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and the SA Municipal Workers' Union.

A strong police contingent kept watch.

As the protesters moved towards city hall, a 47-year-old Athlone schoolteacher - who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation - said he was concerned that the number of teachers in schools was diminishing.

"I am here primarily because of teachers being given letters of dismissal with very little warning. These are experienced teachers leaving us with a void."

A Cosatu marshal, who also asked not to be named, said he was optimistic that the march would get the attention of government.

"We think there will be an answer from government. The agents [labour brokers] are using our people," he said.

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  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-07 12:30

    DA supporters must bring protesters some water since they are not doing anything today.

      Stan - 2012-03-07 12:43

      I don't know whether to laugh or slap you dude!!!

      Isabel - 2012-03-07 12:44

      You narrow-minded idiots didn't want them there. You can't have it both ways or people will start calling you hypocrites.

      Eric - 2012-03-07 12:45

      Its the marchers who are not doing anything today while being paid for it - let them get their own water (without stealing or trashing anything!)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-07 13:39

      24 deg. What heat??? Few thousands. Bad outcome. The toll roads I idea was overshadow by labor broker reason. One got the feeling that the march was misusing the toll Road idea to increase their totals for the Labor Brokers idea. City already empty. Few groups at Keizergraht street. Mostly waiting for transport.

      Elize - 2012-03-07 14:15

      O polony believe me we are doing a hell of a lot, ever heard of working?? In my personal case busy doing quotes and getting orders in for the 70 black (yes black) families that I employ in my company, you see if I don't work there will be no work and all 70 families will be out of food.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-03-07 12:32

    Its not even hot in Cpt 26deg

  • Thoka - 2012-03-07 12:36

    bring city to stand still. those minority making desicion for the public must come out from air conditioned offices to explain their actions and reverse that.

      Eric - 2012-03-07 12:44

      Well, the a big majority of the public voted for them - maybe you could stop voting for them and reduce their majority by one!

      Deon - 2012-03-07 12:47

      The majority voted DA or did you miss the last 2 elections?

      Thoka - 2012-03-07 12:59

      @Eric. this is not about DA or ANC, its about greedy morons which are looking at enriching themselfs which is parallel to ANC policy if i may say.

  • nchukana - 2012-03-07 12:42

    petrol taxed, pension fund taxed, whatever we buy taxed, roads taxed, banking. this is a real joke and still pay income tax

      Johan - 2012-03-07 12:55

      And we get nothing in return!

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-03-07 12:46

    "with protesters braving blistering heat to take part." What a joke because it’s a fairly cool, sunny & windy day here!

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-07 13:09

    Oh come now! What heat in CApe Town? It's 24 at this time, with a fresh wind blowing! If they can't stand the heat - go back to work!

  • wesley.gouws - 2012-03-07 13:17

    Anyone know if the mycitibus services are working today?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-07 18:24

      Thats the most unreliable form of transport in SA, do they ever work?

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