DA to march to Cosatu offices

2012-05-14 14:23

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance plans to march to Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg on Tuesday over job losses, spokesperson Kelly Miller said.

"The march is to protest against the trade [union] federation’s continued opposition to the youth wage subsidy, a policy that could create an estimated 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans," she said on Monday.

"In blocking this jobs initiative, Cosatu has become the key stumbling block to job creation."

DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane would lead the march.

It is scheduled to start on Beyers Naude Square at 10:45.

Crowds would march along President, Rissik, Jeppe, Sauer, Melle; Stiemens, and Simmonds streets.

It would end at Cosatu House on Jorissen Street.

Open class warfare

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) called on all workers to help it defend Cosatu against the DA.

"We welcome this class provocation and we will grab this opportunity to be frontal against white monopoly," it said in a joint statement on Sunday.

"We call on the workers and the youth to occupy the streets outside Cosatu House on Tuesday. We cannot allow the DA to mock us.... They now want to spit on the shield of the black and African working class."

It said the DA was a "representative of white monopoly capital and apartheid apologists".

On Tuesday, Numsa would be joined by the Progressive Youth Alliance, the African National Congress Youth League, the SA Students' Congress and the Young Communist League of SA.

"This DA march marks the beginnings of an open class warfare that will characterise the South African landscape," it said.

"We also view this open class warfare as a reflection of the deepening class antagonisms in our society."

  • sven.gohre - 2012-05-14 14:37

    I see that COSATU can dish it out, but cannot take it at all. What a bunch of weak livered hypocrites.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 15:05

      So let me get this straight, by trying to get 400 000+ jobs to south africans no matter what race the DA is being racist. So what does that make COSATU?

      Alan - 2012-05-14 15:22

      Yep, Cosatu earn approximately R120 000 000 a month from their workers' dues (2 million members at an average of R60 per member). They HATE having their nice cushy income threatened. But THEY are the reason that thousands of businesses have closed over the years and hundreds of thousands of people are out of work. Time for people to wake up here, as they have done overseas.

      Kala - 2012-05-14 15:40

      I deal with Liquidations all the time and in many cases business are forced to close down because of Union actions. The result is thousands of workers being put on the streets. The Unions are the working classes biggest enemy. The destroy jobs, they don't create them.

      deabreu - 2012-05-14 15:53

      "apartheid apologists"?? DA Helen Zille was a reporter who told the truth about Steve Biko during apartheid. COSATU = spreading propaganda using false information.

      Smili - 2012-05-14 16:20


      Smili - 2012-05-14 16:23

      Oh and Muhammad: I wont ever use the services of Experian because of your political affiliations :)

      Smili - 2012-05-14 17:49

      @Craig "White privilege?" Get over race! You are lame and sad! You can slander Zille all you want but we all know she does more for this country than your current ANC will do.... Steve Biko, Mandela, and the old ANC leaders never fraught to corrupt this country! The DA is pro-economy, not big business like you and other ANC condom comrades always moan about! SHe beleive we have to work with her business to create jobs (of all kinds). You are your ANC condom comrades only want jobs for a small minority of rich people at the top of the ANC condom list! GET REAL! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! AND STOP HATING!

      Pierre - 2012-05-16 10:40

      @Craig. The DA's plan was to inspire companies to employ young people in general. It did not discrimainate aginst race. If anything it benefits the lives of the young majority which is black. CLEARLY the subsidy is the EXACT opposite of opression.

  • Smili - 2012-05-14 14:39

    Viva DA!!! March!! Cosatu thought they would get away with spitting on OUR DEMOCRACY! We will march! It is OUR right!

      Smili - 2012-05-14 14:55

      It's disgusting! The ANC and it's dog Cosatu must be removed! Numsa, Cosatu are nothing but attention seeking condom comradse! All they can do is point fingers at the DA calling them white! Is that the best they can do? SOUTH AFRICA IS REALIZING HOW DISGUSTING THE ANC IS!

      Smili - 2012-05-14 17:56

      @Craig O HOW WITTY YOU ARE! Have the ANC condom comrades increased their quality of there trolls... Have these trolls developed a sense of humor? I think I will wait and see if the public thinks.... with thumbs down for "stupid" and thumbs up for "increased quality." ILOLOLOL

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-14 14:47

    So the DA marches for ALL the youth. And COSATU replies that it's a WHITE thing. WTF!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-14 14:52

      And you surprised? COSATU are the main destroyers of our country.

  • mosale.magwele - 2012-05-14 14:49

    So the DA can never contribute to this country mos!Always subjected to racism n white monopoly! ANC n its alliance r going too far! This is a positive strategy that will benefit all but because its from the DA they crush it! Eish ya neh!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-14 14:52

      Now do you understand who is really the ones destroying the country.

      Smili - 2012-05-14 14:56

      WEll said!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-14 14:53

    Gee, look, the race card...

  • Peter - 2012-05-14 14:54

    Nice smear campaign there COSATU, did Malema and Mdluli help you come up with it? Would make sense since your the ANCs puppet with then hand up your....

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-05-14 15:11

    did the article said the jobs are for black or white? and who is leading the march? black or white..... this is not racial cusatu is to give the young people of South Africa a shot to be something including Cosatu member's children, and why did they call for back up.... Numsa....WTF?

  • Koos - 2012-05-14 15:15

    Cosatu = hypocrites. Only a fool would think that if they march for wage increases it's actually for the workers. This attitude of them proves it.

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-14 15:26

    I should get my eyes checked again. . .I dont see the part where DA says its marching against blacks.

      Qaba - 2012-05-14 17:09

      If they marching against blacks .blacks must do something against them pls blacks

      Hudayfah - 2012-05-14 17:37

      This one just went straight over your head didn't it

  • elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-14 15:26

    Good for you DA, it is because of organisations like Cosatu and in our case spesifically NUMSA that after 20 years we lost our business and 60 people lost their jobs!!

      Kala - 2012-05-14 15:38

      I deal with Liquidations all the time and there are more and more case of businesses closing because of the unions. They are the working classes worst enemy.

  • bfvillet - 2012-05-14 15:35

    you stupid people you are steadily loosing the black support you gained in the last election Zille is seriously starting to overplay her hand you dont fight with the vanguard of the working class the ANC strategists must be rubbing their hands in glee at Luthuli House

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-05-14 16:09

      The 'strategists' at Luthuli House have a deck of race cards to play, some struggle song lyrics, a bunch or buzz words like 'white monopoly capital', 'third force', 'invisible hand', 'transformation', 'BEE' and 'correct the imbalances of the past' and that pretty much where their strategy ends. Here, the DA is marching for a solution to youth unemployment and NUMSA and Cosatu (who's members have jobs, remember) have a bunch of youth organisations helping them stop the DA from helping to get the youth employed!

      monkinsane - 2012-05-14 16:49

      Your comment makes no sense.

  • Martina Chvatal-Teles - 2012-05-14 15:41

    why when cosatu march its ok but now when others want to march its war?! funny how some can do things but others not

      Qaba - 2012-05-14 16:55

      It will be better if they coming with good manner or cosatu must show them are not welcome.because zille she is not finish to clean w.p. People are toy toy this side she is busy toy toy other province.w.p racist province

  • Simphiwe - 2012-05-14 16:00

    I firmly believe that DA is moving out of its track now. This is an invitation for open

      monkinsane - 2012-05-14 16:51

      Why, isn't it every citizen's constitutional right to march for a cause they believe in? Didn't realize that COSATU had the monopoly on marches. Grow up Simphiwe.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-14 16:04

    That's ANC mentality for you.....just like zoooomaa thinking of Taking a shower after pomp will wash the aids away.stupid clowns.who do you think wants to make this country work....The unions and ANC!!! The DA

  • Marion - 2012-05-14 16:06

    The DA has as much right to march as anyone else. I wonder what message the majority of South Africans will get from union opposition to something that could be of benefit to the youth.

  • Sango - 2012-05-14 16:16

    The more hellen speaks the more DA looses black peoples votes. Maybe she should try shutting up and do what she knows best and see if that won't win her votes.

      Smili - 2012-05-14 16:28

      Sango - You are the MORON! The DA have a right to march for a the unemployed youth! You and your ANC condom comrades need to shut your traps! IDIOT!

  • monkinsane - 2012-05-14 16:44

    Here we go again, DA trying to do something good for the people of SA - and being called racist because of it. Are these Union Leaders really that arrogant, ignorant and racist?

  • elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-14 16:45

    Anybody out there that opposes this march prefers to be unemployed, sit on their asses the entire day and receive a grant from the goverment rather than working!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-14 16:51

    Although I am a DA fan....I have mixed feelings about this march. On the one hand...yes they have all the rights to march and they doing it for all the right reasons...but on the other hand I wonder if this kind of behaviour is not best left alone...I'm concerned with their safety..and whether it will achieve what they wishing for.Zille, will need to be very careful what she says......because she is a main target of the Anc at the moment....and they will turn any little thing into a major issue.Hope she leaves this one for the youngsters.

  • Manu - 2012-05-14 17:38

    Waging war on too many battle fronts is a sure way to lose the war ... education, corruption, e-toll, anc, vavi, ... and now cosatu. I must say this latest one took me by surprise.

  • Phae - 2012-05-14 17:46

    DA do you trust the police to have your backs during this march, cause I certainly wouldn't. Better wear crash helmets and bullet proof vests, you could be starting something you won't be able to stop, and somebody's going to get hurt. You surely have the right to march but that doesn't mean you should.

  • reine.marais - 2012-05-14 18:18

    I am confused. How does the Youth Wage Subsidy get to have anything to do with race whatsoever? Except of course, for those who choose to append the concept of race to absolutely everything that happens in South Africa. What has happened to the Rainbow Nation to which Nelson Mandela called ALL South Africans, irrespective of skin colour?

  • Dee - 2012-05-14 18:33

    Why on earth would job creation & youth employment be opposed by COSATU and NUMSA? I really don't get it..... Could it be that a relatively well educated middle class more likely to think independently? Wish I could find something other than racial invective to explain NUMSA / COSATU reasoning on blocking the Youth Wage subsidy.

      hunt.themba - 2012-05-14 18:56

      sir/madam i wud like 2u 2go 2 any shoprite or any checker or da so called retail storer n ask da workers on da flow hw labour brokerin is affctin their jobs.\r\nmy problem is da ppl hu organised da march thy dnt knw wt they talk about n hw it affct ppl live.\r\ninsted of marchin let gt on thoz worker n ask thm 1st if thy wnt da labour brokerin n if thy say yes we wnt it thn take thoz workers n march wth thm

      jonnyofthelamp - 2012-05-15 02:41

      Here you go... Unfortunately in S.A. this observable economic behaviour is tied in with racial issues. Totally unnecessary and contrary to the spirit of a rainbow nation.

      Dee - 2012-05-15 06:27

      Thank-you Themba & Jonny. So - if my understanding is correct : They fear that subsidised youth employees would reduce numbers and / or wages of existing employees ...... and dilute the unions collective bargaining power? Hmmm.... but methinks the potential for an 'Arab Spring' in a climate of hopelessness faced by millions of unemployed youth is surely a consideration of COSATU too? What do they propose as an alternative to get young people into the job market?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-15 07:49

    Seems Cosatu don't want the youth to get jobs....crazy...I'm with the DA on this.....just hope no trouble comes from the march. This shows that we don't live in a free country...when one is concerned for the safety of the marchers.

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