Manyi: Govt delighted when people march

2012-05-17 20:33

Cape Town - The government is delighted when its people exercise their democratic right to march, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said during Cabinet's fortnightly briefing in Cape Town on Thursday.

He was responding to a question on whether Cabinet had discussed the violence that erupted when the Democratic Alliance marched to the headquarters of the Congress of SA Trade Unions in Johannesburg this week to protest the federation's opposition to the youth wage subsidy employment creation plan.

"If you look at the Cosatu-DA march, that march was applied for, it was legal... everything," Manyi said.

"Government expects people to march. It is an enshrined right in the constitution. So when you exercise that right, government is delighted that the constitutional instruments are being put to use."

The march, led by DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, began peacefully. But when the protesters turned into Jorissen Street in Braamfontein they were met by toyi-toying Cosatu members moving down the street from Cosatu's offices, opposite the Joburg Theatre.

Cosatu members allegedly threw rocks and pieces of cement at DA supporters.

Police used teargas and water cannons to disperse Cosatu members, who stopped the DA from protesting outside its headquarters. Maimane laid charges of incitement of violence, intimidation and illegal gathering against Cosatu on Wednesday.

The DA would also analyse footage of the march to try and identify individual perpetrators.

The DA wanted Cosatu to stop stonewalling a government youth wage subsidy that, it argued, would create thousands of new jobs for young people.

For an hour, the two groups traded insults, with a cordon of police keeping them apart.

When rocks and pieces of cement were thrown into the crowd during Zille's speech and a DA member on the VIP truck was seriously injured, the DA retreated to Jan Smuts Avenue.

Cosatu members then chased DA supporters and police had their hands full trying to control groups intent on hounding blue-shirted protesters out of the area.

Police eventually sprayed teargas and fired a high pressure water gun to break up the Cosatu crowd.

Manyi said violence during marches was "unfortunate".

"Government has taken the issue of marches as part and parcel of democracy in this country," he said.

"That is what people are doing. They are exercising their democratic right.

"It is always unfortunate when there are incidents of violence when people are exercising their right to march."

Manyi said Cabinet had not discussed the youth wage subsidy, but added that youth unemployment was at "the top of the mind" of Cabinet.

"The whole infrastructure project that the government is rolling out, the job creation that is going to come out of that infrastructure roll-out... Government has got youth in mind in those projects, including the skills development that must flow out of that."

The government would co-operate with the private sector to ensure young people were given a chance to go into internships.

The youth subsidy issues was "a tiny thing" in a broad spectrum of activities that the government was involved in, said Manyi.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-17 20:43

    So the truth is coming out now....the facts are that cosatu were the instigators.a bunch of cavemen shebeen fighters with sticks and stones .

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 06:01

      "If you look at the Cosatu-DA march, that march was applied for, it was legal... everything," - This effing idiot must check what he reads! the DA MARCH WAS LEGAL. There was NEVER a COSATU-DA march! The COSATU MARCH was ILLEGAL! Idiots...

  • Dave - 2012-05-17 20:50

    The ORACLE has spoken!!

  • Carlito - 2012-05-17 20:56

    Is it me or is the ANC with DA on this one, cause I haven't heard the usual racial slurs from them. Looks like 'cosato' is on its own on this one.

  • Peter - 2012-05-17 20:57

    "The youth subsidy issues was "a tiny thing" in a broad spectrum of activities that the government was involved in, said Manyi." The other activities including E-tolls, Info bills and covering up for Richard Mdluli

  • daleinn - 2012-05-17 20:57

    Then provide safety and security for your people when they march, dont talk empty words, and allow violence to erupt. We had a taxi protest today , in came the army and police for just 500 people. Why couldnt the government provide that type of security for the DA lead march to Cosatu. Did everyone forget when IFP marched to Luthuli House, how the gun shots ran in the streets??? what a pity ? Praise for the DA , shame to COSATU just showed you are nothing but bullies and do not respect peoples rights? Mr Vavi , you should not have supported what happened at the march, it does not go well for all the good you were trying to do for the country, just brought ratings down along with Mr Zuman

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-17 20:58

    Of course it totally escapes govt that people have to resort to marching in the first place. Manyi doesn't seem to grasp that "delight" is gleeful joy, whilst what has happened has all but extinguished the flickering democratic flame of hope.

  • Paul R. Gonsalves - 2012-05-17 21:06

    Jimmy it was not a Cosatu-DA march. It was a DA march. The Cosatu march was illegal.

      Jo - 2012-05-17 22:59

      Agree, it was a DA march! Did you notice the little bit he inserted very conveniently: "If you look at the Cosatu-DA march, that march was applied for, it was legal... everything," Manyi said. BS, Cosatu march wasn't legal, now all of a sudden it is????? Proves once more the ANC are liars! Disgusting!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-17 21:16

    Manyi: "Govt delighted when people march" It gives our friends a chance to practice their stone throwing skills.

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-05-18 09:35

      Yep, they would be delighted when the DA march, wouldn't they because that gives theit Cosat thugs the opportunity to do some cleaing up word on behalf of the ANC while the latter drink their Johnny Walker, polish their nails, staring at their navels or visit art galleries to look at the spear-headed jewels of their president. Manyi is an idiot prone to distroting the truth as always, he just can't help himself otherwise.

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-05-18 09:37

      Apologies for all the typos...I need some Johnny Walker Blue too, it seeems!

  • Dave - 2012-05-17 21:18

    Sorry but to say its "unfortunate" that COSATU caused violence and disrupted a legal march is a joke. The ANC has no idea or leadership and should take a strong stance against any party that conducts themselves in this manner. If this behavior is left unchecked it will lead to civil war. The next time a party disagrees with another what going to happen, meet in the street and fight it out…..well that kind of mentality will eventually escalate into civil war and we will be in the same boat as most of Africa. We have a constitution and laws that need to be vigorously protected and upheld without bias so that we remain a civilized nation. The government is responsible for this and it’s quite apparent that once again they a lacking terribly. How are we supposed to develop and progress with leaders like this?

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-05-17 21:23

    "If you look at the Cosatu-DA march, that march was applied for, it was legal... everything," Manyi said............#LIAR (for the cosatu part that is).

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 21:24

    So Minister, I guess that you will consider it to be unfortunate, or by definition bad luck, if one of your familiy is injured tomorrow during a protest. Your choice of words is a clear demonstration of your value system. It would probably be better for everyone if you kept such things to yourself!

  • George - 2012-05-17 21:48

    What a sick statement considering that people march because of the hopeless ineptitude of their government and have no other choice until they can exercise their right to vote. Let's hope this time they do it correctly.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-17 21:49

    HOLD TIGHT FOLKS - here we go again with the face of the ANC's 14 official barbed forked poisonous tongues as they continue to destabilize society - in TERROR at the rising flood of support of the opposition party - the efficient blue DA

  • frank.hubris - 2012-05-17 21:51

    Violence at marches are unfortunate. That's what the Nats said after Sharpeville. Maybe Manyi should say that to the family of Hector Petersen.

  • christoffel.nel - 2012-05-17 22:02

    Maybe it is a smallmthing for the Anc an Manyi. It is a big THING for the youth and unemployed people!

  • Malcolm - 2012-05-17 22:08

    The government should be ashamed when people march not delighted.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-17 22:09


  • franco.beukman - 2012-05-17 22:17

    Y do people say its unfortunate that violent action happend at the march .its unacceptable !!!Cosatu should b held accountable for wot happend. But we all knw they just gna get a tap on the shoulder \dnt do it again but u did good\

  • Vernon - 2012-05-17 22:20

    convinced!!these idiots have the biggest stash of weed somewhere,puff and pass!!

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-05-18 00:06

    "Government expects people to march. It is an enshrined right in the constitution...." FYI Mr Manyi, people wouldn't have marched if the government does things right! The current government is so weak it is laughable. I can just imagine what kind of security briefing other world leaders are getting when the topic turns to South Africa. Weak and corrupt government, that is what others would think when they look at South Africa!!! And the truth is, weak and corrupt are what we have! It is not the opposition parties who are making the most noise at almost every parliament, cabinet, ministerial and executive decisions and announcements and proposal. It is the people who are seeing through all your weaknesses at your government and at your governance. We need people who can delivery WHAT THEY PROMISED and not just utter BS all the time!

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-18 00:37

    Manyi delighted about etolls match????

      Nigel - 2012-05-18 07:54

      lol, I don't think so

      George - 2012-05-18 08:07

      The old saying; careful what you wish for. We need another march to Pretoria, like the 1950s. I'm sure he will enjoy that.

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