Govt leaders 'have forgotten their roots'

2012-03-07 14:40

Johannesburg - Some government leaders have forgotten their roots, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told hordes of protesters in Johannesburg.

"Today we are here to remind some fellows where they are coming from. They don't know anymore the power of the working class," Vavi said outside the department of labour offices.

"This is not a march. This is an occupation of the City of Johannesburg by the workers."

Earlier, embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, whose arrival stirred the crowds to cheers of "Juju", said the march was not an ANC event but to hold leaders ransom to their promises.

"Cosatu is leading the one leading the march. I see 150 000 people. The ANC must listen to the masses," he said.

After Vavi and Malema's addresses, the crowd continued on to the office of the premier directly past Albert Luthuli House which had been cordoned off with barbed wire.

Youth issues

Earlier, Gauteng's ANCYL provincial secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi said Cosatu was correct on the issues of young people.

"The ANCYL, especially in Gauteng, has pronounced on labour brokers and e-tolling."

The youth wanted affordable and integrated transport, she said.

The league was also confused that the ANC - which decried the practice of labour brokers at the 2007 Polokwane conference - was now changing its view.

"It surprises us now that they are saying regulate labour brokers."

SA Student Council chairperson Ndumiso Mokako said labour brokers should be banned as they preyed on graduates.

E-tolling was also an unnecessary expense.

"Our parents are barely surviving. The working class can't afford to pay for government's mistake," said Mokako.

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  • jaz82 - 2012-03-07 14:50

    Julius will be a turd for the rest of his life. and for roots...onkruid vrek swaar

      jaz82 - 2012-03-07 16:19

      who cares what you say, gibberish talk

  • AmuseMePLs - 2012-03-07 14:54

    think im gonna start a new political party. i bet it will be the new majority party. ANEC - African No-etoll Cogress. membership registration open to all races #wink.

      RealNikka - 2012-03-07 15:34

      Can I be the Spokesperson, I am in lol

      AmuseMePLs - 2012-03-07 16:00

      @realNikka as long as you don't pull a "malema" on me you are welcome.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:17

      and I will date u to show that your party is a multi racial party.....***blowing-BBM love eyes**smile....

      Jabulani Lucky Mokomane - 2012-03-07 17:19

      We're to getter!

  • Wayne - 2012-03-07 15:03

    Its because of their "roots" that Africa is going nowhere, they are still stuck to their roots instead of growing and branching out...

      jaz82 - 2012-03-07 15:12

      Not even Wella can straighten them roots

      Kolobe - 2012-03-07 15:35

      are you in africa?must be part of the problem

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:18

      One stupid comment I ever read

      Trudy - 2012-03-07 17:28

      Jaz82. You are a nincompoop trying to be funny. Kolobe: Agree

  • Mike - 2012-03-07 15:16

    Im surprised malema didnt blame us whites for e-toll and labour brokers lol

      AmuseMePLs - 2012-03-07 15:36

      oooh no dont jinx it....he wasn't given enough time to speak. hes probably going to have a press conference after march.(touch wood)

  • Ruben - 2012-03-07 15:18

    i must be honest, all my clients are working with near full compliment? Where did all the people come from or did cosatu arange rent a croud again like the 80's and 90's? Are they unhappy because they do not form part of the in croud?

      Marion - 2012-03-07 15:46

      There was one big march for the whole of Gauteng. That was in Johannesburg. They bussed people in from other centres presumably because it was easier to control the one crowd and more effective visually.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-07 16:05

      Rent-a-Crowd, after all Cosatu has made millions unemployed, so they are indebted to him because they do not have to work.

  • Chester Dk Muthelo - 2012-03-07 15:19

    Too many racist here Lets agree and disagree

      Hermann - 2012-03-07 15:28

      Just shows there are Malemas in every group, does it not?

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-07 16:00

      @HermannH - exactly

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-07 16:05

      I will agree to disagree.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:21

      Seanred - Good-one boet...hahahahahaha LOL!!!

  • Chester Dk Muthelo - 2012-03-07 15:23

    Mike agree with u im black n im ANC member but malema must stop blaming whites on everything the reality is we need each other #Amandla

      Kobus - 2012-03-07 15:26

      Amen to that :)

      Nigel - 2012-03-07 16:02

      thumbs up chester

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:22

      wena u just look for publicity..Ndikubhaqile!!okanye ikhona lentombi yelidlagusha ufuna ujola nayo ngoku uyazicengezela

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-07 15:24

    Vavi is spot on. All of a sudden Blade, Manamela, Thulas and the crowd are quite about issues that affect the working class. These people went to parliament and the cabinet on the ticket of teh working class. Come Mangaung Zuma and his cronies must go. Vavi for President

      Ben - 2012-03-07 16:03

      Problem though, if they make Vavi a minister will we be losing his voice as well.

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:23

      Juju for vice....Viva

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-07 15:37

    And how did this strike help??? Shout out to those who had a day off "Modern day slavery" aka Work...either than is running around the city going to help...This approach worked back in the days..Ask Verwoed he will tell you...Now it is irrelevant ...Ever heard of Conference rooms?? meeting ?? bring points to the table?? prove them beyond reasonable doubt?? is that rocket science bathong?? STRIKES ARE A WASTE OF TIME

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-07 15:50

      @RealNikka - you need some political education. Strikes, picketing and peaceful protest marches are a sign of public disagreement. They happen everywhere in the world. The economy have suffered millions if not billions of rands in products and income. There where consultative meetings on etoll but still the government did listen. The labour brokers was discussed at NEDLAC and there were public hearings and yet govenment still was to regulate while majoiry want it be done away. What more can we do, is this rocket science bathong????????

      RealNikka - 2012-03-07 16:01

      @Mzwandile I hear you, so what you are basically saying they have totally failed to convince the government to scratch the e-toll and Labour Broking?? Thanks for the education too , but my problem is why cant they gather information that can convince the government beyond reasonable doubt?? To me it seems like they do not go to those meetings with enough facts and evidence to back up their argument.

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-03-07 15:49

    Pierre i cannot give you enough thumbs up !!!!!! Atleast you are not hiding behind rhetoric , tell it like it is .

  • Herman - 2012-03-07 15:54

    Govt leaders focus too much on their roots and not where they are going. Their roots are in the trees, their future in the poor's hands!

      Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:29


  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-03-07 15:55

    Sorry Marion i meant to give you many thumbs up as well , this fani oke is a jerk .

      Marion - 2012-03-07 15:59

      lol... I see my comment, plus all subsequent comments, was removed. Thanks for calling me Marion and not Moron. :-)))

  • J.D. - 2012-03-07 16:06

    Again Vavi showed he cannot be trusted even if he make some good sounding statements from time to time. I thought he despise Malema's lavish lifestyle. Now they share the same platform on worker issues. WOW.

  • Aijaman - 2012-03-07 16:14

    Viva combrades....MABATSHEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  • Victor - 2012-03-07 16:51

    The government have forgotten all of you, They do not care about you, only about money, money, money

  • Sam Kgeledi - 2012-03-07 17:41

    Nada! Civil society is fighting back! We will overcome! Stay positve and fight on!

  • sariena.robbertse - 2012-03-07 20:53

    They have no roots.The only roots they have is terrorist roots

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