Cosatu slams taxi protest violence

2011-03-14 14:42

Cape Town - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday condemned reports of violence by striking minibus taxi workers in Cape Town.

"The taxi bosses have a right to protest, but they must direct the protest at the government who is the cause of the problem, so taxis must go and block the city centre, not prejudice commuters, who can do nothing to solve their problems," said Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.

He wanted to know why the provincial government had not put contingency plans in place, such as making extra trains available.

"Cosatu calls on the national government, the City of Cape Town and provincial government and Metrorail to put in place an urgent plan to confront the crisis. They should also include labour, business and the taxi bosses to contribute to finding a solution," said Ehrenreich.


Taxi protests turned violent in Cape Town on Monday morning, forcing the police to fire rubber bullets at stone-throwing strikers.

One Golden Arrow bus was stoned in the Nfuleni area and nine people were arrested for public violence, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander.

"The police did fire some rubber bullets in Nyanga. There are no reports of any injuries," he said.

One person was arrested for public violence in Nyanga, while eight others were arrested in the Nfuleni area.

"There was sporadic stone throwing at vehicles," said Filander.

He said there were no minibus taxis running on the main routes in Cape Town.

  • CynicBelieve - 2011-03-14 14:56

    All of a sudden Cosatu condemns the violence?... looks like vote lobbying for the tri-party before the elections (smoking my pipe while pondering)

  • KaiinSA - 2011-03-14 15:04

    Maybe the rest of the road users should strike when the taxis go back to work and then pelt them with stones and set fire to their taxis, they might then get the message that it's not just the police who wont tolorate their bad driving and disregard for the laws of the road.

      Krush - 2011-03-14 15:49

      I genuinely like that idea. Paintball guns should do fine.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-14 15:06

    Yes. Only Cosatu is allowed to "prejudice" everyone by throw stones, burning tyres etc!

  • Losthope - 2011-03-14 15:08

    Yeah sure !! And the ANC just happen to have nominated this socialist turd as their mayoral candidate. Stand strong Capetonians NEVER let these murdering looters into our province again

  • LogicBomb - 2011-03-14 15:16

    What a cheap attempt at electioneering. He asks why the WC Prov Govt didn't arrange for more trains??? Duh, coz it's run by the ANC controlled Metrorail. Pity the average voter won't think further than his nose when he hears this...

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 15:19

    This Ehrenreich CANNOT BE TRUSTED nor believed for a single second. True turncoat coloring wherever that vacant stare wafts, and WILL do as any good nazi does and simply follow orders as per the tidbits off the racist ANC NEC table knocks off to the likes of malema and other dumbed down twaddles. Tony, when will YOU implement FORCED REMOVALS of the coloureds that Kuli likes to unapologetically refer to as the "no teeth brigade" in western cape and indians in KZN. YOU KNOW you will do it, just as the ANC will do it now that they have Denied it so emphatically.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-14 19:17

      A bloody men, amen. That's what we're talking about. Someone willing to stick our people in the mud while he stands for a party so intent on renewed racism. Maak my siek. Our struggle for a Rainbow Nation NEVER ended in 1994.

  • Souf-Efrikan - 2011-03-14 15:34

    .... they must direct the protest at the government who is the cause of the problem, so taxis must go and block the city centre, not prejudice commuters.... Duhh... and how do you think the commuters get into the city while the taxis strike? By catching lifts with their friends who have cars. If you want to protest agains the goverment that apparently is the problem, go and blockade the flippen gravy train, not the city!! Or, you could take another route, get your taxis roadworthy, drive as if you have actually passed the driver license test, pay tax like everybody else in the bussiness industry, and maybe somebody might have sympathy with the taxi industry...

  • McFreak - 2011-03-14 15:36

    Maybe COSATU staged the strike and the aftermath to use it as electioneering. How come they are suddenly on the side of law and order and good governance?

  • Steve - 2011-03-14 15:57

    I fail to see how this strike has anything to do with the city, local government, provincial or national government. Are they striking for more pay? better working conditions? safer roads? NO NO NO. They are striking against the local authority for applying the law of the road. What the hell should anyone care about it. Why did cosatu not arrange extra transport. They are the ones who put this strike on the road (pardon the pun). It is time for the goose and the gander to be treated equally.

  • MathysTheart - 2011-03-14 16:11

    Let me get this straight: Last time the taxi's striked, it was because they would be forced to follow the rules of the road with aarto. Now they are striking because the traffic cops are doing their job. Next, they'll be striking because they have to buy petrol.

  • Jacques - 2011-03-14 16:57

    Glad to note Cosatu condemns the violence. Cosatu should back the workers, i.e. drivers have to drive road-unworthy taxis and poor pay for drivers etc, and not support taxi owners in any way. Up the workers - we are waiting for a Labour party with Vavi as president. Viva Vavi !

  • Mishie - 2011-03-14 16:59

    How the heck is Metrorail supposed to accommodate the additional passengers if they cant even look after their regular commutors, trains always late / cancelled and those that do arrive are so full there are people hanging out of the doors by the time the train reaches the station - one cannot even embark!!!

  • Madelane - 2011-03-14 17:54

    "Cosatu slams taxi protest violence" wow this is really rich considering their record of destructive strikes!!!

  • Ebie - 2011-03-14 22:07

    "so taxis must go and block the city centre, not prejudice commuters". What about the rest of us trying to earn a living by getting to work. Do we not qualify as commuters ? Ehrenreich's not the brightest crayon in the box it seems.

  • YEBOCOCO - 2011-03-14 22:34

    South Africa will have a really democrazy when COSATU will go out from all the PARTIES!!!!!! WORKERS ARE ALL THE SAME!!!!!

  • - 2011-03-15 11:27

    Damaging property, injuring a driver up to hospitalization! That's not protest, that is just simply crime, violent crime!!!!! The government should simply refuse to negotiate with criminals!!!!!! The government should as well take the commercial driving license away of those criminals!!!!! What are they fighting for?? The right to have no competition?? The right to disregard all the rules of the road?? The right to overload their vehicles?? The right to pester all other traffic ??? Don't get me wrong - nothing bad with having a working taxi system. It is a much appreciated part of our transport system, but the rules apply for all of us!!

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