DA protests at Union Buildings

2012-09-10 12:07

Pretoria - Democratic Alliance supporters gathered on the Union Building lawns, in Pretoria, on Monday morning to demonstrate in support of a youth wage subsidy.

Demonstrators wearing T-shirts bearing the word "unemployment" were led in song and dance by a youth leader standing on the back of a truck.

DA leader Helen Zille was expected to address the crowd.

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  • smahlaba - 2012-09-10 12:13

    I'm busy at work, working.

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-10 12:52

      They're marching so other people can join you in working.

      ace.venture.3762 - 2012-09-10 13:12

      No your not, you're reading posting comments on News24 - You LIAR

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-10 12:16

    DA is exploiting discussions going around this Youth subsidy. They know very well that implementing or not implementing the ANC will lose support from either the youth or unskilled, ageing employees.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-10 12:20

      yes - the DA is exploiting something that could BENEFIT all the youth..! What are you SMOKING? The DA simply wants something in action that was on the table FROM the anc themselves! All they want is a promise to be fulfilled!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 12:29

      I am GOBSMACKED by this trolls comment!!! How difficult it is to understand what this is all about????? FFS!!!! Peter, your two brain cells are fighting with each other again, aren't they??? Troll!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 12:30

      The ANC knows that if they implement this they will have less to spend on their parties, flights around the world and KFC! They have absolutely no concern over the future of our country. The future depends on our youth a great deal! Viva DA viva!!!! I really wish you are in control after the next elections.

      nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-10 12:39

      Peter you should be banned from commenting after that retarded reply.

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-10 12:47

      @Peter: It wasn't DA policy, it was the ANC's policy and was budgeted for in the Nat'l Treasury, before COSATU (protecting the already employed interests) threw their toys out the cot. The DA is showing the government is paralysed by their unsustainable alliances. Do your homework before you lay blame!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 12:49

      @ peter.ndamase - Your mother should be refunded on your education. That school should be sued for every hour they wasted on you...

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-10 12:17

    Trying out new ways

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-10 12:24

    The DA is the only way forward for this rotting country.

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-09-10 12:29

    Plaas hulle betoog teen regstellende aksie. Of is hulle ook daarvoor?

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-10 12:32

    The SA business balance sheet is extremely healthy, with over R580 billion locked up in bank accounts. Businesses don't want to reinvest their obscenely huge profits. They really don't need a subsidy to pay their employees or create new jobs. They need to start unlocking their balance sheets and invest in job creating projects. Subsidizing wages will only increase profit margins or reduce production costs, but it will not create new jobs.

      rajesh.sukha - 2012-09-10 12:50

      The truth the UK the position is so different- there is a real sense of trying to fix the problem, with buisness happy to accept the responsibility of has been this way for millenia (you only have to look at Rowntree and what he did for his workers- decent homes, a living wage) SA the social issues are the goverment problem....we cant transform our country if this philosophy continues....does anybody know what a youth wage subsidy entails, and how it differs from the ANC's idea?

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-10 13:02

      @Rajesh, I agree with you. As you say business in SA wants to shift the problem to the government. They take no responsibility. The wage subsidy will not solve the problem. Business must come to the party and put their money where their months are.

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-10 14:33

      The youth wage subsidy is actually an ANC brainchild, which was proposed through National Treasury. It's not a DA's idea as people seem to assume. It was then discussed at Nedlac and only Cosatu opposed it. The DA is simple hijacking the idea. In response, the ANC is now proposing an unemployment grant which Cosatu supports. I hope this answers your question Rajesh.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-10 12:37

    It looks like DA is doing the Protests just like the ANC, is there no better way to express oneself? Cumon guys

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 12:47

      There is a HUGE difference in the way the ANC supporters and the DA supporter protest... DA = Peaceful with sensible reasons. ANC = Destruction, looting, burning and general chaos without any good reason!

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-10 12:50

      What do you suggest they do, when COSATU is in bed with the ruling party and they block youth-employment schemes in NEDLAC? Having government in bed with unions in a labour-policy forum, is like having the referee playing for one of the teams on the field!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-10 12:41

    I really support the DA on this thing but I am surprised that they are not seen as supporting black laziness as most people would say if it was the ANC coming up with the same idea.It goes to show that some people agree with something only when someone they like says it.inability to think I always call it.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 12:49

      "inability to think I always call it." Oh how you knocked the nail right on the head! Keep it up dnxumalo2... (/facepalm!/)

      davenewza - 2012-09-10 13:08

      @dnxumalo2: I completely agree. This is especially true for the people that comment on this site.

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-09-10 12:58

    Unfortunately the DA is in the minority?

  • max.rapea - 2012-09-10 13:09

    Youth Wage Subsidy my foot!!!!!

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-09-10 13:14


  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-10 13:21

    I really respect da as political party,with the good leaders they have keep up the job that you do hellen

  • john.fourie.18 - 2012-09-10 13:50

    It is because everybody is walking around shouting that nothing gets done.

  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 14:01

    We are still licking wounds of brutality, illegal acts of hate. The DA can only dream that we have forgotten. I would rather die than be governed by white person, call it what ever you want to call it.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 14:08

      Then go to Zimbabwe you racist MF!!!!

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-10 14:18

      Says the one driving a Mercedes...

      Ritz40 - 2012-09-10 15:46


  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 14:04

    The coin must flip, there is no vantage point.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-10 14:08

    Youth wage is tools of Apartheid government and exploitation of Blacks people away with it. We need intelligence people in Government to pave a way and create decent Jobs. Not wage subsidy is not a Long term is the same like Learner'ship programmed that fail many youth.

  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 14:18

    Michael I'm the future in this country. We will unite Zimbabwe with South Africa, we are one people if u thought leaving Zim and coming here would change anything. The coin has flipped and black proudly rules till all Africa unites to the world's greatest economy.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 14:27

      Well you are doing a pretty good job at for the past 18 years my friend... Where cashiers and forklift drivers could afford to buy a 3 bedroom house with a car back in the day and now they can't even afford to rent! The rand was once almost equal to the dollar... What happened? You tell me please! I can tell you... The ANC happened... They f$&ked this economy up so bad and that is why you blacks are suffering. Don't get me wrong... The whites are also suffering! But taking from the rich whites is not the answer... You need to stand together, vote for another party and work hard to get this economy back on track and make a future for your children. If one day I get a chance, I will surely go overseas to a better economy than this one!

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-10 14:30

      at least tony seems to have money for a Mercedes if you look at his Facebook pics. I cant even afford that.. Maybe not doing so bad after all...

  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 14:19

    Viva Africa Viva!!

  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 14:39

    Let me educate you Michael, the number of people sharing this economy increased to 40million instead of 3million during apartheid, the market indicators are favouring the previously advantaged. Our tax systems take from the poor and gives to the rich because of investor confident.

  • ashliegh.adams - 2012-09-10 15:58

    i was there it was so nice listening to HZ saying those words about youth hey

  • tony.kabelo - 2012-09-10 16:47

    The history of this country is my culture, my heritage and runs in my blood, I don't think the world owes me anything but Africa does for it is the only word I know. 18 years is nothing, my forefathers suffered for hundreds of years, brace yourself Michael. Black people still continue to suffer on his own land, and that means we have not done enough as a people, I will pick up where my elders left off and say forward Africa forward. The ANC, SACP,PAC and IFP will again unite for it has come to our attention that Parts of the Freedom Charter were kicked out the window in Kempton Park during the negotiations of democracy. We must negotiate again the wealth of South Africa, this country must now really give back to its people, not take our wealth and give it to the west. I don't hate white people I just love my fellow person too much!!

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