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Cosatu workers chased away

2012-10-27 13:32

Johannesburg - A group of Cosatu marchers who arrived at the Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday were chased away by a group of striking Anglo Platinum (Amplats) workers dressed in black t-shirts.

The rest of the marchers were still making their way towards the stadium from the city centre.

The Congress of the SA Trade Unions marchers, clad in their signature red t-shirts stood 500 metres from the strikers.

The strikers then made their way towards them, and the Cosatu marchers fled and scattered in all directions.

One of the strikers, Tshepang Moloi said they belonged to the Rustenburg branch of the National Striking Committee.

The committee claims to represent striking mineworkers in Gauteng, North West and Limpopo.

Moloi said they would not return to work until Amplats gave them a R16 000 salary increase.

"We have a message for [Cosatu general secretary] Zwelinzima Vavi: 'We are not going back to work until our demands are met'."

He said the R2 000 bonus was never negotiated by unions or worker representatives.

"It comes from management."

Vavi tweeted earlier on Saturday morning that “about 1500 people opposed to Cosatu rally have occupied the stadium.” He said police must protect “our right to assemble”.

On Saturday Amplats announced that it would re-instated 12 000 striking workers who were dismissed after they did not attend disciplinary hearings.

Moloi denied that his group attacked Cosatu marchers.

"All we did was ask them politely to take off their t-shirts, which we then set on fire."

The strikers carried placards. One read: 'Don't Let Police Get Awaya with Murder.'

The rest of the marchers were still making their way to the stadium.

Amplats workers have been on a wildcat strike since September 12, demanding to be paid a minimum of R16 000 a month.

Comments
  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-27 13:39

    Now the strikers are fighting each other for the podium! Interesting! Don’t they all have a common purpose and as such should be united? Whacky!

  • Watkykj - 2012-10-27 13:40

    Hahaha I can just Imagain haha

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-10-27 13:42

    "All we did was ask them politely to take off their t-shirts, which we then set on fire." Quote of the month!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-27 13:47

    One Cosatu member One blazing T shirt. Burn them all burn

  • deon.duplessis.96 - 2012-10-27 13:48

    This is now the same Amplats workers who were fired and re-hired yesterday who are still intimidating others. Anglo will miss a strong and principled leader like Cynthia Carrol who indicated they don't belong in the company.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-27 13:59

      Strong principled my backside.... she and Anglo have been whacked silly by environmental groups in Brazil who thwarted their disgusting plans to rape pristine mountain areas and forests with huge pipelines, harbors and who knows what else. Their papers were not in order and proper procedures were not adhered to when it came to licensing. She quit because if she did not she would have been fired. Since she took over as CEO, Anglo has been on a down hill trend, with South America being their biggest problem, billions of rands later..... the worst labor relations problems ever in South Africa..... all because their underhand dealing are coming to the surface, If you ask me she was working for the competition.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 13:48

    "THE NATIONAL STRIKING COMMITEE" LOL!!!!!Only in South Africa. " Dont let the police get AWAYA with murder"?????? On a more seriaas note-any mine re hiring these clowns should be boycotted!

      alf.pop - 2012-10-27 15:00

      Don 't let the police get a way with murder - that is the prerogative of striki9ng mine workers! And Vavi tweets that "the police must protect our right to assemble!" Is that the same COSATU that wanted to prevent the DA to march and caused injuries among the DA marchers! How things change when the shoe is on the other foot!

  • patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-10-27 13:54

    He said police must protect “our right to assemble”. Hey Vavi, is this the same right you afforded the DA when they marched? Hypocrite! Hope the workers stop paying fees and ur union collapses.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-27 13:57

    Hundred years ago we had the reds and whites, then the whites and the whites, now it's the reds and blacks and if they keep going it's going to blacks against blacks.

  • dineo.mothibi.1 - 2012-10-27 14:02

    I was present on that march, we had peaceful march from city hall till at the entrance of stadium whr those ppl with black t-shirts attacked us, holding assagai, panga, knifeds, sticks

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-27 14:46

      Your brothers? Ney.

  • celest.pretorius.9 - 2012-10-27 14:04

    Very confusing. Were the two groups not marching for the same reason??

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 14:29

      Vey few actually know why they are there. Just a good old free for all! Weekend entertainment!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-27 14:09

    "Cosatu marchers fled and scattered in all directions." Priceless.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 14:30

      Chased by "The National strike commotee". You dont get much better than that!

  • singatha.jongihlati - 2012-10-27 14:42

    "All we did was ask them politely to take off their t-shirts, which we then set on fire." Hehehehehe.....

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 15:08

      Real civilised hey!

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-10-27 14:55

    Supporters of anc. MMMM. You have voted for this.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-27 15:26

    Can take them out of the bush but never the bush out of them!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-10-27 18:55

    Fat vavi forgot that his brigand of thugs and criminals stoned the DA march very recently. What is pushing his lips to move now? Drop in revenues on his home front? or simply the darkening skies of SA as the pigs start to fly welcoming the 2nd coming! Flee zuma with all your bubba's, not even an extra R20mil can keep you out this time.

  • louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-28 07:29

    So nice to see the anc labour unions losing their grip....Cosatu is in the back pocket of the anc, used to keep it's member happy while the anc fat cats loot the countries coffers and live the good life. I think the CancER is in for a big suprise come election time.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-28 13:26

    ..and this is what we all have been waiting for! THIS is the start of the blacks starting to kill their own people! They should just remove the culprits that's keeping them poor.. Funny that they are so blind to think they have to fight with the mine bosses! Cosatu and NUM have been playing with everybody for years! Cosatu's been the fly in the ointment each and every time.. why can't people see that?

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