Economic indaba slams violent strikes

2012-10-13 10:02

Pretoria - Law enforcement agencies were urged to act firmly and avoid lawlessness which has often accompanied wage disputes, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said on Friday.

Briefly outlining the resolutions of an economic forum in Pretoria, Chabane said delegates had strongly denounced the violence.

"The parties spoke out strongly against, and condemned the violence that has accompanied some of the strikes and public protests," he said.

"They urged law enforcement agencies to act firmly to curb lawlessness and violence within the framework of the law."

The meeting was attended by several government ministers and officials, labour representatives, including Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and president Sidumo Dlamini, and Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George.

Officials from Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council were also present. The talks lasted until after 22:00.

Chabane said the parties from the government, business and labour had agreed to take measures to improve investor confidence in the South African economy.

The parties had also voiced support for the judicial commission of inquiry into the shootings at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana.

"The parties urged people to participate freely and for law enforcement agencies to assist in ensuring the right environment for the people to participate with the support of the community," he said.

A follow-up meeting would be held on Wednesday "to finalise the discussions", said Chabane.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-13 10:09

    So they "spoke out strongly" did they? So, will that fix everything? Is this strong speaking what they mean by "addressing the problem"?

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-13 10:18

      Keeping young Julius out of the spotlight might make a good start...

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-13 14:06

      @ Blip, I suppose its stronger language used that Jacob's expression of "concern". You are right though - talking about it will not make it go away. Tough action is required to remedy the situation. The biggest problem is that the powers that be encouraged this sort of behaviour in the past - it makes it virtually impossible now to tell these same hooligans that it is wrong to do what they are doing.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-13 10:11

    Since Zuma became president the country is becoming more violent,they learnt from him, when he was charged for corruption, he organized and rented a crowd to march and demonstrate while burning t-shirts,it was the very same COSATU and SACP that was pushing for such violence,violence begets vilolence

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-10-13 10:11

    When the politicians fought (and kill) for a new dispensation.. it was fighting for freedom. Now, that the workers of this country are fighting for liveable wages... it is criminal.

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-10-13 13:42

      @whillem; there you have it. It's a culture of violence. Just look at the terminology of Malema. We will continue the "struggle." This is an "economic revolution." We will make the mines "ungovernable." The revolution is over and now it is time to govern with wisdom and insight into the future. Had such insight been around in 1994 the first order of business would have been strengthening education in the whole country and especially in the townships. Do you realize that this year it will have been 7 matrix classes since the end of apartheid and this year the first class will graduate that never lived under apartheid. Had the ANC made education its top priority in 1994 there would have been hugh group of graduates looking forward to university and already three classes that would have graduated. And instead of seeing foreign investment leaving SA it would have been flocking to it's doors because of the talented and well educated work force. Instead read the following; SA's government has been neither wise nor insightful and forward thinking. They have been about keeping power, many countries have governments like this, but SA can't afford to think only of the present. Malema is thinking only of the present and of getting power. Beware his revolution he has a lot of soldiers.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-13 10:16

    Chabane are you looking for a job in the law enforcement...or rather a diployment.

  • Maduvha Mukusha - 2012-10-13 10:17

    unfortunately one sided, ANC and it's cronies only...where are the striking workers rep if we really seek real solutions.

  • ansie.b.badenhorst - 2012-10-13 10:42

    What is happening in South Africa now is exactly how the prophet Siener van Rensburg predicted bofore his death in 1926. He even predicted the strikes! I have got an electronic english version of his predictions. Sould anyone be interested in obtaining a copy, please send blank email to and I will send it to you. I suggest that people that do not believe in God should rather not mail because these were all visions that he got from God. Just one of the short visions: In another vision (11th July 1919) he foresaw more serious problems: (financial crisis and the collapse of public services) in store for the new government—A sieve lies on a floor in the northeast (the April 1994 election) and sorghum husks disappear, (state-controlled institutions collapse and money becomes very scarce—gold decreases in value and/or the Stock market collapses) then another sieve appears on the floor, (another election seems inevitable).

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-13 11:51

      Your prophet of doom is doomed himself.....

      ansie.b.badenhorst - 2012-10-13 12:24

      Ha-ha, do you want to to tell me this is not happening?????????

  • BulletProof. - 2012-10-13 11:23

    The damage is done,this government can not even control crime for years they are useless!!!!

      floccino - 2012-10-13 12:53

      I tell you, i never lived during apartheid but i think everything during apartheid government was better in terms of crimes, service delivery, education and so forth, not this government of ANC thugs. Nxaaaa!!!!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-13 12:10

    I hope these same law enforcement agencies act firmly, first against the corrupt party cadre's in the ANC. Who are a pathetic example to their electorate,

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-10-13 12:17

    Who gave the orders? Who paid whom

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-13 12:25

    we want action not this bull talk

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-13 12:51

    A bit late in the day isn't it? Trucks were put on fire, drivers either set alight or killed and not a policeman anywhere. I don't know what is sadder, silence or late stupidity.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-13 13:44

    What exactly is supposed to happen when strikes turn violent....who is suppose to act. When the police come to the rescue then everybody cries about them doing something. These strikers when they get going you cant talk sense to them, they only know about killing and being destructful. So please tell us in plain language what you actually mean and how you intend to deal with these violent strikers. In the old days they were told to go home and if they disobeyed then shots rang out, that soon dispersed the crowd. Now days we see them going absolutely ape, is this normal, I mean what is their mentality. Unless some form of a strong arm of the law is shown these idiots will continue, I see idiotes because of their mentality. Infact they are lucky to have jobs with this type of mentality and they still want top wages nogal. Better go back to the kraal, the men smoke and drink their beer, the wives see to the mealies and the children run around and play.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-13 14:04

    Bla, bla, bla, is all you can do. Action or strategy plan? Zero. Piss off.

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-10-13 14:46

    We have a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister?? there's someone doing nothing. Everyone always condemne everything, then does nothing about it.

  • Tboi Inthehouse - 2012-10-13 14:53

    its all corrupted, we need fresh minds to come and set new standards and kill the old system that is allowing corruption and exploitation

  • sxp - 2012-10-13 15:11

    All talk and little action. Marikana will make no-action the norm from here on.

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-10-13 18:09

    Unions must be charged with civil unrest, domestic terrorism and treason. They nonchalantly claim it was not their members. That is irrelevant. The unions remain the perpetrators and instigators of the strikes. Every strike is a strike against the economy, against the innocent and against the state. They are guilty of sedition.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-10-14 12:07

    Sorry to play the 'race card' here but the comment came from a friend who is not very politically up there. He stated on seeing the clip on TV 'I did not see any 'whiteys' at the meeting - at which time I then realised that I too did not see any either - maybe the TV just did not show them - I would love to know which 'captians of industry' attended.

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