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Cosatu regrets undressing marcher

2012-10-30 15:45

Johannesburg - The removal of a man's shirt and trousers by Cosatu members during a rally in Rustenburg was regrettable, the union federation said on Tuesday.

The rally, held at the Olympia stadium on Saturday, was interrupted by members of the Marikana Support Campaign (MSC), Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"One member of the group, Mr Rehad Desai, had his shirt and trousers removed by some of our members. We deeply regret this incident, but it must be pointed out that he was not harmed," Craven said.

He claimed the MSC pretended to be supporting Cosatu, but began burning Cosatu and National Union of Mineworkers' branded T-shirts.

Billy Zulu, a national organiser of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu), was assaulted, allegedly for wearing a red T-shirt.

Craven expressed Cosatu's "profound thanks" to photographers who rescued Zulu.

Cosatu criticised the police for using rubber bullets to disperse striking Anglo American Platinum workers at the rally.

"This is further evidence, already seen at Marikana on 16 August, of the SAPS' abysmal lack of training in crowd control and forward planning," he said.

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-30 16:06

    They are agaunst rubber bullets,yet act like savages?Pot calling the kettle bkack!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-30 16:28

      Yea all they can do is to be uncontrolled crowds, so what do they expect? Powder puff slaps on the wrists?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-30 16:44

      They should all be charged with sexual assault. Stop making excuses for your barbaric behavior Cosatu...

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-30 16:45

      Strange that acting uncivilised needs to be protected? The police have alot of short comings but really now, you cannot blame the police for acting with force in a forceful environment.

      bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-30 16:50

      These unions never cease to amaze me. How can let things like this happen and still make such absurd recommendations and force wages up 300%. It's crazy!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-30 17:30

      Seems as if these goons took a brief break from stripping the South African economy bare...

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-30 16:15

    And Rehad was then arrested for violence and intimidation - something is not making sense here

  • thami.rapoo - 2012-10-30 16:20

    Patrick is mad. Those guys wanted to attack us. Those police were right

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-30 16:36

    Not harmed so humiliation is ok? Craven you mug.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-30 16:51

    I feel I also have to criticize the SAPS over this, they should have used live rounds. These thugs deserve no less. Destroying a sub station means money that could have been used elsewhere now has to be used to buy a new sub station. I can't see the point of trying to get a wage increase by making the company bankrupt, which is what will happen if the mines have to close down for too long. Kinda like killing your cow because it won't produce any more milk than it usually does.

  • sydthefirst - 2012-10-30 16:55

    Not undressing Mr Craven, assault! Are you an idiot not to know the difference or are you just spinning as usual?

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-30 17:07

    And what were they trying to see "The Naked Truth ??

  • mandla.hlatywayo - 2012-10-30 17:31

    vavi

  • mandla.hlatywayo - 2012-10-30 17:40

    those SAPS are working for cosatu n anc,they're not arresting corrupt comrade they shot poor peoples.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-10-30 17:41

    The more I read the comments made by the so-called leaders of this country, eg, Craven, Zuma, Ehrenreich etc etc, the more I become convinced that they live in a state of fantasy, completely unrelated to reality. And they actually hold positions of authority! The people who put them there must be the biggest clowns in the world. Fantastic.

  • ross.purdon.5 - 2012-10-30 18:15

    "This is further evidence, already seen at Marikana on 16 August, of the SAPS' abysmal lack of training in crowd control and forward planning," he said. What a load of sh*t! This is a lack of discipline within Cosatu and its member. Point fingers again as usual!

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-10-30 18:52

    And where does the unions get the money for all the red T-shirts? Causing strikes to boost membership. Stop them www.strikeback.co.za

  • Jaybeebaby - 2012-10-30 19:43

    Not harmed - how about psychological harm?

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-30 19:58

    \But it must be pointed out that he was not harmed\-Age must have overtook CRAVEN's brains. How is 'UNDRESSING' someone not HARMFUL?

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