DA marchers retreat

2012-05-15 14:15

Johannesburg - A DA march for a youth wage subsidy was forced to retreat from violence by Cosatu members in central Johannesburg on Tuesday.

At least two people were injured when rocks were thrown, and police fired teargas.

Paramedics could not make their way through the crowd so the injured were taken out on the DA's truck. Cosatu supporters chased the truck down two blocks before police managed to contain the situation.

The streets were strewn with rocks and litter and riot police fired a water cannon at the rowdy Cosatu crowd.

Earlier, the police formed a human chain by linking hands in front of Cosatu supporters to stop them from getting to DA marchers. It was a battle of the blues versus the reds as the number of Cosatu supporters increased.

DA protesters taking part in the march earlier took off their blue shirts in fear of being targeted by Congress of SA Trade Unions supporters.

On the same side

Marching down Jorissen Street in Braamfontein, they were met head-on by a group of red T-shirts. Cosatu supporters intimidated the DA crowd and stopped them from proceeding to Cosatu House.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told the crowd they were on the same side, fighting for economic freedom.

"I felt sad that South Africans, who fought for tolerance and freedom, couldn't exercise those rights today," she said.

Earlier there was a loud bang, believed to be the police firing teargas at Cosatu supporters.

In a statement, the DA's Kate Lorimer said not enough police and metro police officers had been at the march.


"The legal DA march has been met by an illegal gathering of violent Numsa and Cosatu members who are throwing bricks and stones at peaceful DA marchers," Lorimer said.

"It seems though as if the cops were unprepared and it was only after the stone throwing that the SAPS finally sent in a police vehicle to block the Cosatu attack."

Several hundred DA supporters started their march at Beyers Naude Square in the city centre to protest against the union federation's opposition to the youth wage subsidy.

DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane led the protest. The planned route was along President, Rissik, Jeppe, Sauer, Burger, Jorissen, Melle, and Simmonds streets.

Earlier, police said the protesters could not end their march outside Cosatu House in Braamfontein. Instead it was agreed they would finish at least 50m away, on the lawns of the Joburg Theatre.

The DA believes the youth wage subsidy will create at least 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans.

  • Grant - 2012-05-15 14:19

    Democracy at work........yeah right.

      Dylan - 2012-05-15 14:30

      Why would Cosatu not want youth wage subsidies?? Surely we're on the same team here guys??

      Michele - 2012-05-15 14:33

      I am sure that criminal charges will be laid, going to be interesting to see what happens going forward. Whatever the police, Cosatu or government say or do going forward the D.A have won a massive moral victory here. the poor and jobless people of this country also follow the media you know.

      Rudi - 2012-05-15 14:34

      @ Justanopinion - exactly my sentiment. Can we honestly say we expected Cosatu NOT to behave like animals? Can you imagine the hoohah if it was Cosatu marching to DA HQ and been met by a stone throwing DA Mob? Again DA would have been branded White Supremist, racist, colonials etc. It's funny how the silence of the ANC in this case is almost deafening!

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 14:42

      Since helen is so fond of taking people to court for any and everything I hope she takes this matter to court too and this time i support her 100%. Vavi should contain these lunatics.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:42

      @Rudi - the Hallmark of the ANC is to be silent when there is a crisis. Shows up the lack of leadership.

      Hugh - 2012-05-15 14:48

      The real point is that these rocks are carried in packets, pockets and other bags. Has anyone thought how half bricks and large stones suddenly appear at demonstration? Surely by now the police should be aware of the source of the weapons and keep a beady eye on whom carries what?

      Piet - 2012-05-15 14:49

      I agree Michelle, the DA played Cosatu Big time! They knew it will provoke violence. That is why the ANC so badly wanted to stop this. They knew that their members will not be able to behave. The DA already scored bigtime. Some commentators already ask why the DA was not allowed to march, and they are not DA supporters.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:52

      Yes, Cosatu and the ANC have been shown in their true light: a bunch of thugs who are absolutely terrified of losing power. What a wonderful victory for the DA; now the world will see just low the calibre of ANC 'leadership' is in this country.

      BobbyM - 2012-05-15 14:59

      @Pythagoras and friends. Please think before you post. The attitude you are displaying is part of the problem we still face. Play the ball not the man. I hope that you are only referring to the few people that threw stones, because it comes across as though you are calling and entire race barbarians and rapists etc. When you say things like "they" you leave it open to interpretation. Please show the respect you seem to expect from others.

      BobbyM - 2012-05-15 15:08

      @DMoerin I accept your decision to emigrate to the UK. May I ask why you feel the need to endanger my family and friends who still live in this beautiful country, by spreading your hatred and bigotry on a South African news website?

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 15:17

      @ Pythagoras- "a handful" you say, I suppose you did the research then?

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-15 15:19

      @ Lorain - No! I read the news! Case closed!

      BobbyM - 2012-05-15 15:22

      I am most certainly an old fool, I cannot deny it. May I ask why you think these People are angry? Could it be because 18 years after liberation they still live in poverty and people like you treat them like animals when the vast majority of them have never done anything to hurt you. You get upset when people call you a racist, so stop acting like one. Please, for an old fool.

      Odicito - 2012-05-15 15:22

      What a effed up situation. The morons in these ridiculous unions do not know what they want. So, no reason, just violence? In a 'normal' society with civil people, Cosatu would challenge DA for a debate on the issue...but I think Im expecting too much from a bunch of...nevermind.

      Louwhan - 2012-05-15 15:23

      @ JustAnOpinion Duck femocracy. What is needed is a purple march. Mixing the REDs and BLUEs in one unified march. Give the Reds their buckets of KFC and let the BLUEs fight the intellectual war. We NEED more young people to get off the streets and into the job market. That is the most important fight against crime. COSATU/ANC/SACP wants all the gold but they can´t seem to live by the golden rule…

      Freddie - 2012-05-15 15:27

      Omnes Cosatu et ANC fautores fasciculum corrupti, misellus, indoctis stulti et dolor fures. Numquam tollunt societatis, sed permanere perdere hac.

      Bambanani - 2012-05-15 15:30

      pythagorus is a racist fool.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:37

      I am with you there Bambanani. Some seriously idiotic racist views!

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 15:42

      @ Pythagoras you dont sound like a racist you are one and believe it or not crime affects black people mre than white people,black women are in far more danger of being raped than white women, but i gues i'm wasting my time trying to explain that to you,you are what you are. Just 1 thing though right about now you might wanna take a break from typing,catch a deep breath and come back tommorow to continue with your racist mannerism.

      BobbyM - 2012-05-15 15:44

      @Pythagoras I am truly sorry that you and your family experienced these tragedies. I hoping that I can help prevent more of these events happening in the future. I am sure you have been taught about forgiveness at some time in your life. It is the only solution. Don't look at the world and its people through those negative glasses you are wearing. Go out and be a better person and look for the good in others. Peace

      renofinch - 2012-05-15 15:46

      It's amazing that after centuries of trying to balance the wrongs of the past and countless attempts to modernise ones fellow human beings, the majority of Africans continue to move backwards like lemmings following each other off the end of a cliff.

      NrGx - 2012-05-15 15:47

      DA: Use this disgusting display of unethical behavior to your advantage. post the horrific images depicting the bloodied faces of the DA supporters all over the web. SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS COUNTRY IS "GOVERNED" BY A MOB!

      Warmonger - 2012-05-15 15:50

      Pythagoras, I share your sentiment, and know EXACTELY what you are talking about... Unfortunately it doesn't help preaching to riffraff like bobbym, they have their heads so far up their a$$es; and unfortunately "reality" doesn't penetrate that deep. So just leave them to their "whites owe an eternal debt" mindset, knowing full well that even if 'reality' doesn't penetrate, it sure as sunrise will hit you at some stage!

      Bryan - 2012-05-15 15:53

      This carnage just goes to show the limited level of intelligence that some people in this country have. How can this be allowed to happen? This was a peaceful march aimed at the betterment of the youth across the land, but because it was not an ANC or Cosatu sponsored event, the thugs and lower than Shark sh*t element feel they are free to make it a potential bloodbath!! Are we beyond help in this country? Are these pigs of society so tainted by their hatred of the white man that they cannot see that we are all actually fighting for the same outcome? It is this level of barbarism that will once again cause the streets to burn in this country... If we had a military of any stature I would applaud the onset of some kind of martial law to deal with these thugs who are only a law unto themselves and what is more sickening is that the overweight and over fed Fatcats do and say nothing.... Cry the beloved country.. I will be polishing my rifle very soon it seems!!!

      Ken - 2012-05-15 16:01

      The DA must organise weekly marches. Today's response from Cosatu was standard intimidation. Violence and threats is ALL they have to offer. They simple want the ANC to look worse than they are, in order to increase their ultimate goal of a communist state. ANC is scared to move against the destruction Cosatu is causing in the job market and education. In the long run the ANC WILL suffer. 400k jobs down the toilet DA scored big today. Cosatu will watch with glee as the unemployment rate continues to rise, that is their only hope of eventually taking over the country

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-05-15 16:08

      Cause Dylan Cosatu dont know what youth wage subsidies mean. They are so brainwashed by there leaders. Thats why our education is the way it is. They dont want there members to be more educated than them.

      Thabang - 2012-05-15 16:27

      Liverpool versus Chelsea

      Preshen - 2012-05-15 16:36

      The DA Rocks

      Thabang - 2012-05-15 17:03

      @Preshen, It was COSATU that threw the rocks. So COSATU Rocks.

      jmlongwe - 2012-05-16 22:08

      Im in no way referring to the general white population when i say this, but it is weird how SOME people complain about black people so much, everyday on this site especially, hate them if i may put it like that. Why dont you just leave instead of torturing yourself, you had enough time to gather the funds. There are plenty of countries out there with way less black people in them, or is it too cold? Im sure it will look like heaven to those that hate blacks. PS a black man will never give a damn what you think of him so as a white man wont give a damn what a black man thinks of them.

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-15 14:20

    What did you expect? Zille willingly putting your ppl in harms way

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-15 14:23

      Sometime whiteys need to be reminded that they don't live in a civilized country. This is Africa.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 14:24

      @Barefoot - Helen's 'people' are quite capable of deciding for themselves whether they will participate in a march or not. COSATU were the aggressors here, not DA.

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:25

      She has at least shown the world Cosatu for what it really is. A union of violence and intimidation that has no real sympathy for the poor.

      Godfrey - 2012-05-15 14:26

      DA is doing what ANCYL and SACP YL should have done long ago...its about JOBS for our YOUTH. VIVA DA VIVA!!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:27

      what is your point barefoot? The fact that Cosatu is VIOLENT means that no one can organise a DEMOCRATIC march any longer because we FEAR cosatu?

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:28

      @Marion when we talk about Cosatu,we include members from DA Cope IFP ANC etc.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-15 14:30

      Tamaranui-, you might be supprised but a lot of Afrikaans whites cant stand her either.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:35

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-15 14:44

      Cut that whitey crap Tony - living in a civilised country is not exclusively for whites - we are in such a mess because of these stereotypes some of you racists (black and white) keep on perpetuating!

      Michele - 2012-05-15 14:52

      Barefoot and brain dead I think you are missing the significance of the this act, Cosatu are a very active member of the tripartite alliance. the police have done zilch to protect people in the official opposition while they were basically attacked by Govt ( through their alliance to cosatu ) If the international press get hold of this they could have a field day, talk about making a complete fool of the ANC and Cosatu then this is it.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:53

      @Nosi - you make a good point!

      Sean - 2012-05-15 14:54

      Cosatu is just like the ANC , bunch of criminals . Do you think Cosatu works for free ? Wonder how much they make from the uneducated masses !! I hope the private sector gives them a big big f@ck !!!

      Stephen - 2012-05-15 14:54

      Welcome to South Thugrica

      Lorain - 2012-05-15 14:55

      @ Barefoot So by exercizing their legal right to march they put their followers in harm's way? If you had issues with a certain organization in Ventersdorp and you decide to march there, are you saying that whatever happens to you while you are there will be your own fault?

      Atholl - 2012-05-15 15:14

      COSATU 0 - Bill of Rights 100 This is Cosatu showing themselves as a Threat to the Bill of Rights. ... not Cosatu vs DA (or the youth) Bill of Rights : S 23 - the Right to Strike S 17 - Right to demonstrate S 16 - Freedom of Expression S 19 - Protest for a cause S 12 - Security S 9 - Equality Equal protection from the law S 21 - Freedom of movement The Bill of Rights applies when it is convenient [ right to strike ] and it applies when it's inconvenient. The Bill of Rights is not a Game.

      Antipoaching - 2012-05-15 15:15

      So what you're saying Barefoot is that protest marches are the sole right of COSATU and whomever they decide to allow to march? And to all the people knocking Tamaranui; read the comments carefully, Tamaranui is saying that the DA is NOT a whiteys only party....

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:52

      We all know they don't respect the very 'constitution' they fought for. Remember, the ones in leadership and key positions, hardly ever participated in the 'struggle'. Plus, we all know how they protect their cronies. They're best at being criminals, for an overwhelming number of our politicans themselves have criminal records. Police drink beer in their uniforms on duty in their cars; Metro police run red lights and stop streets; Police drink in shebeens; and so forth. ANC/COSATU mafia. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 16:08

      Barefoot. Look at your thumbs up/down rating. Does it make you think that possibly, just maybe, you're wrong? No it won't - and that's the problem with all the racists like you. You will never admit that you're wrong, and therefore our country will never progress. Away racist away. Viva true Democracy for all S/Africans.

      Bryan - 2012-05-15 16:20

      @Barefoot.. Please take your head out from your rear end..!!! Are you really that stupid or just that ignorant?

      Denise - 2012-05-16 13:46

      To me there are bigger forces at play in SA at the moment. We have seen SA moving into the start of the endgame of an international political chess game. The thought of a possible “Arab Spring” scenario in SA is being presented to the Ruling Troika. Unless they toe the line they will be unseated just like Ghadaffi.

      jmlongwe - 2012-05-16 22:35

      @Nigel Nevermind a racist, they only learn the hard way, they will pass it on to their kids and learn only when their kid goes in public and actually say what they heard on the dining table and get a lashing from the rest of the world that has moved on from such primitive thinking. Some people need to hit rock bottom to learn, not everyone can grasp a simple concept like others.

  • Johana - 2012-05-15 14:20

    I am afraid to think what COSATU is going to do when ANC lose elections in GP

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:24

      Hi Johana,since the e-tolling is going to be scrapped I think Anc will win Gauteng again.

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:27

      DA will be in power in Gauteng come next elections. Grew from about 7% in 1994 to 33% in 2009.. the blue wave will be hitting Gauteng in 2014....

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:28

      Err ANC did NOTHING to scrap the e-tolling! it took an average joe to take on the cANCer...

      Johnny - 2012-05-15 14:45

      @Sganja - Yes the anc did not scrap the e-toll! If they could they will get it up and running by tomorrow - they are part of the corruption around this!!

      djmain1 - 2012-05-15 14:46

      @Sganja - cANCer hasn't scrapped e-tolling, they're just thinking of another way to fool the Gautengers into paying. Just stalling for now. cANCer have lost massive support due to this issue and until they DO scrap it, they will continue losing support. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:50

      whaahaa Sganja - the anc made their names MUD with the e-tolling, with more scandals to still be uncovered. I think the E-Tolls will still be the beginning of the demise of the anc. Interesting days - the Tri-partite Alliance is at war with each other, The ANC has shut down the ANCYL, the nation is united against thee ANC/SANRAL extortion debacle, JZ's rating has hit an all time low (yet he never gets involved in any issues), and the vultures are waiting in the wings to pick up the scraps of the delailed gravy train. Meanwhile, the country's credit ratings drop, investors scatter and the people that the ANC kept ueducated are getting p*ssed off at the failed promises of Govt. But Eish .... gimme a chicken and a bag of mealie meal, and you have my vote!

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:58

      Thank you Kala..enough said..

      Felix - 2012-05-15 15:39

      Ha ha Kala, no-one gets written sarcasm :)

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:53

      They will loose Gauteng, or come very close to it. Just look at how they lost 'black' wards to the DA in several key areas.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:55

      Uhm, and one thing: Perhaps a number of ANC people did support the campaign against the gates. But they're not ANC LEADERS. They're just blinded by loyalty. Fact is: ANC brought the etolls (while they pretended they're against it). Fact is: COSATU invested in the etolls (while they claim to be offended by them). Hypocracy at its best.

      Sean - 2012-05-15 23:20

      @PieterJ100- That BLUE WAVE is hurting the ANC , they`ll try anything to stop it. Vavi is pathetic !

  • Justin - 2012-05-15 14:21

    Ita amazing how if you are an african peson you can march no problem and everyone listens.... When you a white person marching you are warned not to and rocks are thrown at you and then the union who is ALWAYS marching starts getting violent with you????? this is just pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Johana - 2012-05-15 14:22

      Check images form the march, please tell me how many white people you see there?

      Jessica - 2012-05-15 14:26

      I disagree. It's not black or white. It's DA vs ANC. The ANC will get away with anything but will crush anything opposing them

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:26

      Justin - Look at the picture of the March. Helen Zille was about the only white face there. The black folk of this country are getting tired of the ANCs empty promises.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 14:28

      Justin...... Jy must be Colour blind. In fact that is exactly what more RSA should be nevertheless you are incorrect with this statement.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:29

      Johana - while literally you are right I am sure what justin tried to emphasie is the fact that anyone opposing the 3-tier alliance, will be met with Violent African Tendencies..! VAT (..okay that is actually funny hahaha)

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-15 14:33

      Oh,the DA is about white.I never knew that one but i saw a lot of blacks in blue t-shirts than white people

      Fussed - 2012-05-15 14:35

      They think you are taking away there job

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:36

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

      Kala - 2012-05-15 14:55

      I agree with Peter - Vanish Naidoo vanish

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:56

      You pathetic people: If the DA in your view is white, I have news for you. Then the ANC is black. So if I'm racist for voting DA, you're racist for voting ANC.

      sheldon.s.harding - 2012-05-15 16:27

      duh because its only for africans

      Sean - 2012-05-15 17:18

      Justin, are you implying that a white person is not an African?

      Denise - 2012-05-16 13:49

      Around about 2,5 million well paid union members are holding the rest of the country to ransom.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-15 14:21

    Idiots everywhere. They don't want to understand what the march is about, they just want to fight the "enemy". Pathetic.

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-15 14:46

      There I agree with you!

  • Nicole - 2012-05-15 14:22


  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 14:22

    So what is Cosatu going to do now? Crow victory? Shame on them - They can't expect people to respect them if they have no respect for themselves - We are judged by our actions..

      Press - 2012-05-15 14:46

      Of course - they dispelled the enemy onslaught to assist millions of our our jobless youth . . .

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:57

      No victory. It will be like in Angola. They will celebrate, believing they won, but in the eyes of the entire world, the battle has not even begun if the playground isn't level.

  • Smilification - 2012-05-15 14:23


      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 14:29

      New struggle.............hahaahahaahhaaaa..,

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:36

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

      Gigo - 2012-05-15 14:59

      Yeah @ Paul the Zombie...whatever..

  • Tebogo - 2012-05-15 14:23


      Liesbet - 2012-05-15 14:48

      Huh?? Wat rook jy?

      Alan - 2012-05-15 16:07

      That would be pushing it a bit Marion. The above posting has already taken it's toll.

      Sean - 2012-05-15 23:23

      @Tebogo- Thos women involved have more brains than the whole of the ANC together !!

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-05-15 14:24

    What can i say . Rule by violence. ANC and ZANUPF bed partners.Rule by fear.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:39

      yeah - Sad part is that they should not be here to rule at all, but to SERVE!

  • Mokhoaetsi - 2012-05-15 14:24

    well done cosatu n where was their madam whn all ds happen???

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:30

      In the march, have your president ever marched for what he believes? No. So dont judge a fearless leader for showing the world how strong she feels about what she believe! Well done Cosatu for what? inciting violence, hatred and undemocratic behaviour?

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:32

      the "madam" as you put it is looking at ways to improve the lifestyles of youth, and she is making her point through a peaceful march! What has Cosatu done that you are saying "well done"? Oh you mean throwing a stone? Is this your African Violent Tendencies coming out? ahh why am I wasting my time with you uncivilised idiots?... Learn the hard way!

      josta.shivuri - 2012-05-15 14:33

      Shame on you, Mokhoaetsi! This reflects more on you more than anything else. Violence is wrong!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:34

      The madam was standing up for the rights of our youth (mainly black), and for their opportunity for employment. Where was Vavi, you may ask?

      Jaun - 2012-05-15 14:40

      It is so sad because I support COSATO for there view about stuff and the DA's view on other stuff....sad they don't want to find neutral ground!

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-05-15 15:10

      Bahahahahaha! Idiot! Can you not read? "DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane led the protest"

      Marion - 2012-05-15 15:48

      @Juan - I agree with you. But I think it is common ground they should find wherever possible.

      Kenny - 2012-05-15 16:26

      @ Mokhoaetsi - Where were your leaders? Hiding behind the walls while they're sheep did all the dirty work! LOL YOU ARE NOT A SMART PERSON AT ALL! GIVE UP SON!

      Sagin - 2012-05-15 17:29

      Typical. You are so closed minded, that you can`t see what is right in front of you. You are a fool. The worst kind of fool. A fool who does not know he is a fool. The problem is that there are just too many, chip on the shoulder ingnorant fools in this country and unless there is a dramatic awakening amongst the black citizens of S.A, our future (black and white) is ugly beyond what you are able to comprehend

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-15 14:26

    DA won't be allowed in Parliament soon. This is our

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:34

      lol!! ANC wont rule in 20 years time... I didnt say it, your own people are saying it. So then, ANC artefacts will join apartheid artefacts in a museum...

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 14:35

      Indeed it is @Sechaba30. So is Mozambique, and Zim. So have your country, and when it all f*&ks out, keep your country, because I will be building a life elsewhere.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:35

      there wont be a parliament soon. And the BIG LOSERS today, are THE PEOPLE OF S.A.

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:45

      @zakes... I see the education your government gave you have worked wonders for you...

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:55

      eish Zakes. and all these black racist must be drive to the sea also.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 14:59

      Away racist, away. No place for you in this country. Viva democracy viva.

      Ulindi - 2012-05-15 15:00

      @zakes - all racists! (ps - that includes you for your comment is are vermin!)

      Odicito - 2012-05-15 15:28

      zakes, you are an embarrassment! go fly a kite.

      Deon - 2012-05-15 15:38

      Last time I checked DA was the official opposition in Parliament, this is not China, china (not yet anyway).

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:58

      Is that so? Alla-ZIM-style? Thanks for warning us. We'll let the imperialists know.

      Sean - 2012-05-15 23:25

      @Sechaba30- Maybe the ZOO would be a better place for you !!

  • Bomb - 2012-05-15 14:28

    DA march - Legal and peaceful. Cosatu march - Illegal and threatening. Spot the difference. Animal Farm? Bush Mentality? Africa Mentality? Uneducated? Your guess is as good as mine.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:37

      that is what we nowadays call Violent African Tendencies...!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:38

      anc, cosatu and sacp - the 3 axis of evil...!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:56

      @Mihaip007 - and the joke is that they are all fighting each other.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-15 19:32

      No guessing is necessary.

      Sean - 2012-05-15 23:26

      @mihaip007 - I call it ``AFRICANISM`` , it is like disease !!

  • Christopher - 2012-05-15 14:28

    We have tried to help, but anc, cosatu want to keep their own kind dumb and illiterate, who am i to change that. Each to his own. I am living a cool existence and will keep on, So keep enjoying the poverty for many more years to come the poor people of South Africa. Most white people have a buck and two and three to spendand do not need this government to enrich from now on its all about me!!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 14:37

      Great Chris, Finally some truths.....well done.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:39

      Not me - you cannot tar all people with the same brush based on race. Plenty of good people in SA still, decent peaceful people that just want to get on with their lives. NOPE - for me - the corruption and wrongs in this country are worth fighting for. Remember the saying - Evil flourishes in the absence of Good.You have to be the change you want to see.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:43

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:15

      Eish - da Vanish Naidoo doesnt want to vanish. Troll Alert. Tama....

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 16:00

      Of course they want to. Because if they don't, they lose voters to the DA. Intelligent, respectable black people, like Musi, like Lindiwe. When I see them, I don't see a 'black' person, I see someone with integrity, who I would support as my leader anytime. I'd love to see an ANC/COSATU barbarian say the same of a 'white' person.

  • Tboz - 2012-05-15 14:28

    i don't blame COSATU. Hallen Zille thinks she is untouchable. DA must first fix WC before organizing useless marches.

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 14:37

      Damn, can't believe I missed it again! Last time I checked, the WC has outperformed the cANCer led provinces by far. When did this change? Serious Face, I need to pay more attention to these things.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 14:40

      Whaahaa - good one Tboz! Madam - eish - you must make the WC like Zimpopo before you go walkabout!!

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:41

      @paganosza couldnt have said it better myself...Not one negative audit report out of WC...

      Richard Stockenström - 2012-05-15 14:42

      Fix the WC??? The Western Cape is the best run province in the country! Wtf are you talking about? :-/

      Liesbet - 2012-05-15 14:52

      @Thoz... seriously dude? Are you serious? Shucks, no common sense in what you've said... I means SERIOUSLY DUDE??? Are you for real??

      Tboz - 2012-05-15 14:58

      We know that service delivery in WC is @ the surbubs. The so called WC is the best run province in SA is just a pure lie.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 15:03

      Another embittered little racist.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:08

      yaaaah - it's a lie. The best run province in SA is Zimpopo, closely followed by Gauties. Eish - in Gauties, municipal servant 'nobodies' can even have Gauteng spend R6 million on their funerals (and after-party) for the mourners. Vivaaaaa

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 16:01

      At least Helen never needed our grade something president's pardon to get from jail.

      Kenny - 2012-05-15 16:33

      @ Tboz - If I could make these words bigger, I would of "YOU IDIOT!!!!"

  • Skhumbuzo - 2012-05-15 14:29

    The DA is the official opposition in parliament,why not use those structures instead of provoking COSATU!CHEAP POLITICS FROM THE DA!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-15 14:42

      they were excerising their rights - to protest! Cosatu was never provoked. All they had to do is to take the DA's memorandum and finish..! Just because they are VIOLENT this does not mean that the opposition cannot march... Remember juju's march? Did anyone boter them? Remember cosatu's marches? Did anyone bother them? So when the DA nees to protest, they walk all over their rights to exercise the democraticy..! Cheap or not, cosatu has failed the Democracy exam..!

      Piet - 2012-05-15 14:53

      And Cosatu played right into their hands. Cosatu are clearly the baddies after this....

      Skhumbuzo - 2012-05-15 14:59

      Then,why not march to the union buildings.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 15:04

      ....and failed big time.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:09

      whaahaa - Cosatu House is the Union Buildings!! whaahaaa

      Sean - 2012-05-15 23:27

      @Skhumbuzo - You are a great example of a South African f@ck up !! Well done !!

  • Solly - 2012-05-15 14:33

    COSATU thugs planted in DA ranks no doubt threw the 1st stone.

  • Bobby - 2012-05-15 14:33

    The first salvos of something bigger?

  • Mluleki - 2012-05-15 14:34

    The DA deserves what happened to them. They cannot be marching the the Labour Federation, Cosatu is clear that proper jobs must be created which will give people living wage not some window dressing which seedks to undermine the Labour Laws of this country which we faught for and blood was pilt. Where was DA on those years? Infact even now the DA is continously misleading our people and I am still waiting to see a White person who is a follower of the DA marching on the streets. They only use our people as tools to gain political power and then appoint those white males who has never participated to any actions. I urge all of you to open your minds and begin to realise that DA will use you and dump you and let us all support Cosatu as the only progressive Federation which represent the working class, the unemployed and the poor.

      James - 2012-05-15 14:38


      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 14:40

      This is gospel......This man speaks the TRUTH here. Read and take note of this brilliant message.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 14:43

      @Tamaranui - you are a troll nothing you say matters

      Daniel - 2012-05-15 14:52

      What you are expressing is an opinion. The DA's point may be different to yours but their right to express it through the form of a protest is enshrined in the constitution. Had COSATU applied for legal right to protest against the DA then the government would be responsible to make sure there were enough police to manage the march - they didn't yet encited their members to protest so they should be held accountable. It'll be interesting to see what happens when more working people abandon COSATU for the DA as then they'll be left with no revenue and will have to change their policies to assist the unemployed majority and not the working class majority as they always claim

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-15 15:03

      Mluleki : What a beatifully clean brain you have. Spin dried too?

      abrie.burger - 2012-05-15 15:12

      " support Cosatu as the only progressive Federation which represent the working class, the unemployed and the poor" Support Cosato and that is how you will stay: worker class, unemployed and poor.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:16

      Tamar... Troll Alert Vanish Naidoo

      siyabonga.zondi.73 - 2012-05-15 15:31

      Let's not blame the DA,as they are the victims here. First they are the victims their own dumbfounded fantasies, why on earth would they march to a private institution COSATU house is not a government institution, secondly they are the victims of their own stupidity why on earth would you challenge COSATU the true voice of the poor with more members than the DA if not double! On their own turf. And finally who gives a rats ass wat the DA thinks they only make up 16% of the elector8 !! Sit down!!!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:42

      @Siyabonga - maybe they would march to Cosatu House because it is Cosatu in this case that is opposing the creation of jobs for the youth. Ever think of that? Eish eish eish ....

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 16:04

      No, it's not their fault they actually build schools and educate people to see through you pathetic ANC slugs. You make it sound like black people can't think for themselves, so you're single handly to blame if some people believe you're inferior.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 16:08

      @siyabonga - 16% and growing in leaps and bounds.

      Banele - 2012-05-15 17:19

      I agree 110%, the Da thinks we are idiots and cannot see right through this. They are only interested in saubsidizing white capitalist (reduce their wage bill) and further exploit blacks like they and their forefathers did. The Da has no strength or real support, I'm sure they brought all their "refugees" from CPT to march. they lost my vote when they declared that they see nothing wrong with labour brokers. Deeply flawed policies.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 18:07

      You're a liar. You never voted for them, as your comment about their 'ancestors' show. The SAP, PP and DP never SUPPORTED exploitation EVER. Your ignorance is insightful. Plus, no person carying hatred will vote for the DA. Haters vote for corrupt cronies. Plus, you perhaps never investigated WHY they were against getting rid of labour brokers. You just went with the hype. Oops, and yeah, your own crony party isn't that favourable of getting rid of labour brokers anyway. It all depends who you ask, hey?

      raath - 2012-05-15 18:14

      @Banele - no, your use of misspelled word "saubsidizing" makes you look like an idiot, and the fact that you agree more than the 100% possible.

      Fairness - 2012-05-15 19:20

      @to all the pro cosatu commentators here. You have to work for money idiots, that's the way the world works. Sitting in a park picking your nose with the same hand you feed your self with does not add to the economy. You work, company makes money, you get paid. Not the other way around. Your children will be ashamed of you because they will enherit nothibg from nothing because you never had anything because you never wanted to work for it. On your comment on Helen and where she was during aprartheid, she was fighting for equal rights she was part and parcel of the sanctions imposed on sa because of sa. I am ashamed to be assosiated with you

  • Gojsam - 2012-05-15 14:38

    lindiwe mazibuko you sound not black wen u talk lol

      Johan - 2012-05-15 14:57

      She sounds educated, yes.

      abrie.burger - 2012-05-15 15:14

      And, is that how you pick your leaders? No wonder this country is in such a mess...

      Abel - 2012-05-15 15:19

      she is a coconut

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:36

      Who cares?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-15 15:36

      @Abel, she is the leader of a political party and you nothing.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 16:15

      @Gosjam - what does 'black' sound like? @Abel - Lindiwe being a coconut really gets under your skin, doesn't it? An educated and intelligent young black woman who is in a more powerful position than you. Ag shame. Get over it, coconuts have been popping up all over the place since 1994 and one day your own children will probably be coconuts.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-15 19:41

      Shame, Abel ! You want to be a coconut too? Lindiwe will be very pleased with the compliment, as coconut=attributes of BOTH black and white. And you only have black. Shame.

  • Clive - 2012-05-15 14:38

    Cosatu and the ANC are a ageing group that has no place in the future SA unless they change and serve the peole. Viva DA for standing up for what is right and not about colour.

      siyabonga.zondi.73 - 2012-05-15 15:13

      No ways I'm young

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:17

      ..and doff...

      Kenny - 2012-05-15 16:53

      ...and most certainly a blind man...

  • Wendy - 2012-05-15 14:39

    Shapa cosatu shapa we told them .

      PieterJ100 - 2012-05-15 14:43

      told them what? that violence is fine? When inbreds like you are no longer around this country can be re-build to benefit all..

      Jean - 2012-05-15 14:45

      Antoher barabarian!!! Such uncivilized people, but what can we expect from cosatu and anc supporters!!!

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 15:07

      another insignificant racist squeak

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:36

      Yet, when the war comes, you will shapa back to your shack.

      Odicito - 2012-05-15 15:38

      Sometimes I wonder whether people who post such things are the same people I meet on the streets everyday! wendy wendy wendy wendy...tsk tsk tsk!

  • Kyle - 2012-05-15 14:41

    good to see the DA mobilizing. Good to see it wasn't just white people too. Its sickening how racist Cosatu and the ANC can be. What is this, apartheid part II ? I feel like im gonna get my own benches and public toilets as a DA supporter. We supposed to be going forwards. Why is the ANCosatu taking us backwards?

      Kyle - 2012-05-15 15:15

      gee wendy.. Sounds like u need to get laid!! Body bags? Wow..

  • Nosiphom - 2012-05-15 14:42

    Was the COSATU march legal or only some are expected to comply with the law ?

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-15 14:51

      We as Cosatu were not marching,we were there to received the memorandum

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-15 15:22

      Waht a way of receiving a memorandum Tankiso!

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:25

      yebo Tank - and to throw stones.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:40

      No, you gathered illegally, and showed the world in all your glory that you ANC bunch are uncivilised, uneducated, and that the law/legal system in this country (which you always complain 'benefit white people'), almost always exempt those who verily complain about it. Which means, basically, they will stop feeling sorry for you. Your 'aphutheyd' card is been played. You've been weighed, measured, and found useless.

  • marnalouw - 2012-05-15 14:46

    Barbaric and lower than dirt! One can never expect them to act civil!

  • promise.ozuzu - 2012-05-15 14:46

    My dear SA...... Everyday there must be something bad to talk about you! I cry for motherafrica, when can we come as one big family?

      Kenny - 2012-05-15 16:58

      I happen to agree with you Promise, getting rather tired of these people fighting about the same thing over and over.

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-15 14:47

    "We don't agree with you... So we will throw you with rocks" - Cosatu Sound similiar to the Bible times don't it?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-15 15:37

      Earlier then that.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:41

      Yup, we can almost start believing evolutionary theory. We're seeing it in practice.

  • Mc - 2012-05-15 14:47

    Marching to Cosatu was a DA (Dumb A%s) Move.

      abrie.burger - 2012-05-15 15:16

      Clever political move ;-) You will see.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:26

      I think it was a brilliant move. Certainly damaged the credibilty of Cosatu!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:41

      Actually, it was extremely strategic. Because now the world won't fund the ANC in its job creation efforts, but instead, funds will flow to the DA to assist communities directly.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-15 14:50

    Shame on COSATU!! SHAME!!! My compatriots in this country are the people of South Africa, black, white, coloured, men, women and children! Violence like this is truly pathetic, how dare they feel that they can decide who should march and who shouldn't?! How dare they resort to violence and intimidation! COSATU and the ANC alliance are the new Apartheid government, the new threat to the freedom and democracy in this country! This is a sad day for South Africa and I will never support COSATU on any factor after this showing of disgusting behaviour! May the true PEOPLE of South Africa unite and condemn this crime against the rights of the people, the right to march peacefully and respect each other and our opinions! My alliance is with you the PEOPLE, and only the people, any political party, organisation or movement comes second! Much love South Africa!

  • MorrisTech - 2012-05-15 14:50

    if this was the DA that did it then there would be a big who-ha about it.... seriously wtf is wrong them???

      Kyle - 2012-05-15 15:35

      that is the wrong question to ask. Too many answers. Ask what is right with them. Much simpler answer. Nothing. Today showed that.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 16:13

      Well said Kyle.

  • francois.delange - 2012-05-15 14:51

    Cosatu a bunch of scared bullies!

  • Zimvo Madyibi - 2012-05-15 14:51

    Is COSATU in the business of creating jobs? NO!!! So the DA is just OUT OF ORDER!!! Not long ago COSATU was against Labour Brokers and DA pro Labour Brokers but COSATU marched to the Union Buildings to voice out their concerns not DA headquarters. The DA should have marched to the Department of Labour or some government offices not the offices of COSATU. Well done COSATU!!!

      djmain1 - 2012-05-15 15:08

      No they are not - but it seems like COSATU is in the business of preventing jobs from being created! Phansi COSATU, phansi!!

      smakuwa - 2012-05-15 15:29

      you are 100% right DA wanted to be in this situation i individually i will never vote for DA of apartheid sis over my dead body

      abrie.burger - 2012-05-15 15:33

      Ok... You stated "Is COSATU in the business of creating jobs? NO!!! ". Them what is their business? Violence, chaos, intimidation?

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-15 15:47

      Ag please. COSATU is single handly the cause it's almost impossible for 'white capital' to employ people. Minimum wages? Strikes? Demands? Almost impossible to fire bad workers? Protection if you're drunk, if you steal, if you bribe, if you're corrupt? Tea when you want? Leave exactly at 16:00 even if you're offered pay for extra time? Tolerate opening shops at 09:15 if business hours start at 09:00? Nonsense. These are the very reasons I WONT EMPLOY ANY BLACK PERSON THAT'S AFFILIATED WITH COSATU IN ANY WAY.

  • Tebogo - 2012-05-15 14:52


      Johan - 2012-05-15 14:58

      I agree with point one. Cosatu are masters at marching and causing chaos and anarchy. Lost all respect for them today.

      abrie.burger - 2012-05-15 15:31

      Ah!!! There is the problem : "AT WHAT THEY DO BEST(MATCHING)? ". Thinking is not one of their strong points...

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-15 15:32

      Agree with point 1 - so they felt threatened in a game they thought they have the monopoly?

      Odicito - 2012-05-15 15:45

      I can tell you how: 1. By expecting a civilized group of people to ACT like intelligent citizen 2. By voicing your DIFFERENT opinion (like cosatu does all they time when they are not satisfied) 3. By LEGALLY marching (as it is CONSTITUTIONALLY a right) 4. ... There is a few ways cosatu could have reacted to this, including - calling for a DEBATE on the issue and not be violent. I am not a DA supporter - nor am I a supporter of any political party, but I believe every person/party/organisation has the RIGHT to voice their opinion, regardless of whether or not others agree with it as long as it is within the confines of the law (which in this case it perfectly was). Oh well, why am I even wasting time posting here...

      Kenny - 2012-05-15 17:09

      Tebogo you don't know WTF you are talking about. Grow up!

  • Nicky - 2012-05-15 14:53

    All I read is intimidation by Cosatu, a truck with an injured innocent bystander being chased so as to stop it (by Cosatu), police fired a water canon at a rowdy Cosatu crowd... Am I missing something or did the DA march peacefully until... well until the devil itself showed it's face.

  • paganosza - 2012-05-15 14:53

    What we all need is a big group hug! Let me just ermmm take my blue shirt off first. Prevention and all that.

      Liesbet - 2012-05-15 14:54


      Kenny - 2012-05-15 17:10

      Well said paganosza! LOL!

  • Denny - 2012-05-15 14:55

    Wage subsidies, eh? And where do you suppose those will come from? Taxes. So government will tax your business (which could prevent it from growing and requiring you to hire more) to give it back to you to employ young people. Naturally you will then need government officials to administer this (automatic cost) who given SA's track record will likely be corrupt (likely cost). SA business does not need a blood transfusion from one arm to the other while messing half of it on the floor in the process. DA - spend your time ensuring that the people actually get the education and other services they are already being taxed for. The market will pay full price for educated youth. I'd certainly prefer that to subsidised and uneducated.

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 14:56

      *Cough* Sounding like a "Boston Legal" lawyer there mate.

      Denny - 2012-05-15 14:58

      Denny Crane.

  • Ben Nel - 2012-05-15 14:58

    Freedom of speech and movement

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-15 14:58

    Retreat. IS ONLY USED IN WAR. What is hell are they up too.

  • Herman - 2012-05-15 14:58

    Defend Cosatu house with everything at your disposal. DA can march maybe to Luthuli house as they are both political parties. Cosatu was not marching but protecting their assets. I understand that both camps were throwing stones. pot trying to call kettle black.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:02

      Cosatu's assets? Oops - sorry - last time I looked Cosatu was all about enriching the Cosatu bosses while the pawns cause themselves financial losses from striking, from which they never recover. So, the Cosatu assets have to be the red-shirts.

  • zakes.masondo - 2012-05-15 14:59

    shapa COSATU shapaaaaaaa

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 15:08

      @zakes.masondo As long as that sea is somewhere in the Western Cape, where my blue t-shirt will fit in nicely, drives me to DA sea.

      siyabonga.zondi.73 - 2012-05-15 15:36

      @pagano u probably ryt we all know dat the western cape is the only place dat the DA fits

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 15:50

      @siyabonga.zondi73 We fit quite well in GP too thanks.

      Doné - 2012-05-15 16:01

      How ignorant and merciless can you be, PRAISING violence? Sadist much?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-15 15:00

    Next time the TA (Triparite Alliance) talks about tolerance, respect, diversity, democracy etc., you know what to do : LOL !

  • Morne - 2012-05-15 15:02

    Red vs the Blues......sad day for SA when a legal DA march cannot continue due to violence by Cosatu whO in effect stands for the same Things for the youth as the DA tried to march for.....

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-15 15:02

    My biggest wish is that the arrogant rulers who are messing up this country get hit at the next general election by a combined opposition tsunami that will make the last one generated by the earthquake in Japan look like the smallest wave on Durban beach at low tide...

  • Riaan - 2012-05-15 15:04

    cosatu = hooligans!!

  • Sonwabile Langa-Nomvalo - 2012-05-15 15:04

    Zille is sick, for real. She saw that COSATU is influential in opposing the decisions by government that affect people, now DA seeks to seize that power because they seem useless and shadowed by how prominent COSATU has turned out to be. How else can this march be justified, except being childish jelous power hungry megalomaniac antics by Zille?

      Riaan - 2012-05-15 15:06

      your a bigger idiot that what your comment makes you out to be mate

      paganosza - 2012-05-15 15:10

      Megalomaniac? Wrong party. Try Juju, over there --->

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:11

      eh Sonwabile? Gimme some dat stuff you smokin man!

      Marion - 2012-05-15 15:20

      @Sonwabile - the sad thing is that if that is really you in the pic you could be one of those who would benefit from the youth wage subsidy that COSATU doesn't want the youth to have. Unless of course you are commenting from your place of employment in which case you wouldn't need it.

  • Qaba - 2012-05-15 15:06

    Zille she must face the music people are injured.including teagirl there are cause of these fight

      ziphok1 - 2012-05-15 15:11

      Your name said it all.

      Alan - 2012-05-15 15:11

      Troll alert!

      Smili - 2012-05-15 15:13

      QABA! You are an idiot who knows nothing about what he/she is talking about!

      Ndumiso - 2012-05-15 15:20

      So Zille is responsible for legal DA marchers being attacked by COSATU illegal marchers? You are very clever Qaba lmao did you figure out all that by yourself?

      magomarele - 2012-05-15 15:21

      DA's march was peaceful. People who must face music are Cosatu idiots who attacked innocent DA march. Move on brother. SA employment issues need clever people with brains to solve and DA is doing just that. What is your Cosatu doing to create jobs? This shouldn't be about race or color or politics. We must take this country forward and we definitely don't need fools like Cosatu who're stuck in apartheid bitterness. This is new SA of freedom of choice and expression.

      Tolo - 2012-05-15 15:50

      Nah nah nah qaxa cosatu , numsa , yla and ancyl the era the reasons y peolpe hospitalised ..DA was jst marching like every party can..wat was the big deal thr jst a march 2 submit a memo and go home..cum on soyth african jst wake up b4 is to late

  • The-Azanian - 2012-05-15 15:07

    im a student and from today im going to vote for DA come rain nor shine. I cant keep voting for someone who dont care about my future work chances while they keep shouting economic freedom. Thanx vavi 4 opening my eyes.

      Smili - 2012-05-15 15:12


      ziphok1 - 2012-05-15 15:14

      I'v seen right through this idiots long ago.

      Msika - 2012-05-15 15:21

      Might as well sell our souls to the devil and vote for the DA bafethu, hhayi azkhiphi.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 15:22

      @The-Azanian - I hope you get the future you and your peers deserve. Can't be much fun not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. Whoever you vote for, vote with your head and not your heart. Peace.

      Tolo - 2012-05-15 15:39

      True even myself it was da last voting 4 anc I wish da youth of south africa can thy open their eyes b4 is 2 late.

      siyabonga.zondi.73 - 2012-05-15 15:55

      @Azanian you must be a \ special\ type of student coz last time I checked this article there was no explicit mention of the ANC, this was a dispute dat was between hundreds of DA (the polital party) protestors versus the thousands of COSATU ( the union) supporters where violence was equally exchanged between both groups of how exactly u came to dat conclusion just so u cud pls the wyt ppl dat visit dis site is beyond me. I doubt if u even comprehend wat an azanian is.however your vote is your choice, no matter hw useless it is. ANC has 65% of the electorate anyway

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 16:19

      Viva true democracy for all races Viva. Away with all racists, the plunderers who rape our country and don't care about the poor, who drive around in fancy cars while their own people starve. Away with these racist capitalists.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-15 15:09

    The DA should lay criminal and assualt charges against the illegal marchers, NUMSA et al, organised by COSATU. This violent, hooligan behaviour must stop. These people cannot just do what they want without fear of consequence.

  • Gerald Gouveia - 2012-05-15 15:11

    With some of the comments here, regarding the DA, it is really sad. So the best way forward is to then say NO, do not help the youth find employment. Let's keep the country going backwards. Let's keep crime flowing rife. All this because there are still so many racists that are anti DA, and all other parties except the ruling party. Now that is the real shame. Shame on you.

  • Ndumiso - 2012-05-15 15:12

    These arrogant COSATU fools think they are the only ones with a right to strike.everyone has a right to strike

      Nkululeko - 2012-05-16 10:57

      @ Ndumiso, u r the fool among the fools, there is a big difference between marching and provoking people. The DA failed to debate the matter and decided to provoke COSATU, more than that, COSATU is not a political party. It was even more foolish to march againt COSATU, that symbolises the mental capacity of the leader of DA.