Cosatu strike: Capetonians have their say

2012-03-06 15:19

Cape Town - News24 took to the streets of the Mother City to find out what Capetonians expected from Cosatu's strike in the streets happening on Wednesday.

Many civil society organisations and unions are expected to take part in the strike against e-tolling and labour broking.

Here's what they had to say:

Mervyn Adams,35, works at private security firm
I’ve never taken part in a strike. I was here last year when the people striking were burning things and stealing. You don’t need to use violence when striking. People who strike must use proper procedure.

Carola Carstens,33, private sector
It’s inconvenient transport-wise, but I believe it’s for a good cause.

Phindile Jantjie (31), construction worker
I will definitely be striking tomorrow along with my colleagues. I was also part of the strike last year. We got a pamphlet advertising the strike at the office. I’m not sure why we are striking, but we support Cosatu.  I’m apart of NUM and we’re taking part as well.

Shahieba Bassier (54), Newspaper seller
I’m very worried about transport, but I guess I do come in very early. I work on commission, so I can’t afford to strike. Last year was terrible – I had to pay a lot of money just to get to work.

Henry Martus (49), senior security officer
I’m not taking part. I’m not even sure why people are striking. We’re all scared. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. People get killed for not taking part. Everyone has a right to strike, but if my life’s in danger I’ll start striking.

Nicole du Plessis (30), receptionist
It’s a bit of an inconvenience especially with regards to travel and safety. We have to plan alternative routes to travel to and from work.

M.S. Sater (39), building manager
I don’t mind if strikes are peaceful. There are usually so many problems when people strike. It’s a mission getting to work. Last year was total chaos.

Cecilia Williams (60), flower seller
I’m a bit scared. They broke our flowers and even broke car windows last year. We can’t stay at home, because we must make a living. Maybe we should hit them with our Proteas.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-06 15:29

    O dear, I guess Mr Jantjie sums it up for all of us:"I’m not sure why we are striking, but we support Cosatu." Hahahahah, but it does piss me off that I will have to work from home, since my kids (no not goats!) have to be home tomorrow. School is anticipating some issues with the helpers.

  • adronel - 2012-03-06 16:20

    I agree with Mr. Adams, there should be no violence involved!!

      Sean - 2012-03-06 23:59

      You want to take a bet on this :)

      Martin - 2012-03-07 10:34

      But perhaps some violins?

      Martin - 2012-03-07 10:34

      @Sean. I would like to bet on it, but I'm betting for violence. I'll give you bloody good odds.

  • Jimmy - 2012-03-06 18:18

    This is the worst manner to fight poverty. People will be hurt and the workers wont be paid and get poorer. While the fat cat unionists live in luxery. Call out the police and the army and arest intimidators who are set on killing and burning. There has got to be better ways to care for the poor. Hold government to account. Vote them out if they don't care for the needy and stop lining their pockets.

  • Faith - 2012-03-06 18:52

    Now this is a gemors culture being encouraged in S.A...

  • Morama - 2012-03-06 19:26

    No wonder the majority of capetonians support ID. There's a lot of confusion thre!!!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-06 20:12

    Why can't ANC give-up its tactics that end up backfiring itself.

  • Nicolle - 2012-03-06 20:12

    why should this strike/stay-away affect transport??

  • mary.kircher - 2012-03-07 02:43

    I liked Cecila best ....just klaap them with your proteas doll !

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-07 02:59

    Here we are again - 30yr old approach to a 2012 problem. COSATU there are so many of you. Is this really the best you can do? After all you struggled for, all the laws, all the processes that we now have, this is where you end up - back creating havoc and too bad about what this costs every citizen in the long-run? It seems you only have 2-speeds - full-tilt or fast asleep.

  • johaarroslyn - 2012-03-07 06:15

    Soo true,how can some of them partake in the strike without knowing whats it's all about, So sad! and 'dom'LOL!!!

  • pseudonym2011 - 2012-03-07 06:24

    Cecilia Williams, you go girl!! Hit them hard with those proteas :D

  • faannagel - 2012-03-07 07:59

    If you dont support the strike then dont complain about the tolls

      Martin - 2012-03-07 10:33

      So the ends necessarily justify the means? I don't agree with terrorism, but I also don't support the American invasion of the Middle East. However, you logic dictates that we all should immediately and unreservedly accept the means as dictated by the principal agent. Very fascist of you, unfortunately, this is the free world. I think your ideological views need to move forward from the 1940s. I know the moustaches were cool, and they said some pretty fascinating things, but you have to move on. You can't keep doing this to yourself, it just isn't healthy. You know we're there for you.

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