Picketers are a disruption - Mathale

2012-04-30 07:27

Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has filed papers in the Johannesburg Labour Court in a bid to stop government employees from picketing outside his office, according to a report on Monday.

In a court document, Mathale said the demonstrations disrupted the working environment, the Star newspaper reported.

"The picketing inconveniences members of the public, intimidates employees who do not participate in it, and also inconveniences those who wish to continue with their work," his affidavit said.

Workers affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union, (Nehawu) had been holding lunchtime demonstrations outside the premier's office in Polokwane since February.

Workers complained about non-payment of performance bonuses, the transfer of employees without consent, restructuring without consultation and alleged corruption and intimidation by senior management.

Mathale had requested the court to hear the matter urgently on Wednesday at 10am in Johannesburg.

The union and 12 employees are mentioned as respondents.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-30 07:58

    ooooo hoe sleg is dit om hulle eie medisyne te sluk, Moenie nie nou kla nie, dit is mos julle wat die werkers geleer het om te Toi-Toi en te staak as hulle nie hulle sin kry nie. dis mos hulle HUMAN RIGHTS is dit nie???

  • RALEBESE - 2012-04-30 08:03

    Mathale its time u step down Chief cause u making Limpopo 2 b poorer as if the peoples are not suffering pls,Millions of Rands have gone missing under ur watch,so pls Zuma must do sumting

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-30 08:03

    What a joke. Had to check the date. Not the 1st of April so the man must be delusional. Disrupting work? Disrupting your lunch you mean. The lunch time that started at 08h00 and ends at 16h30. I have been generous, I know he does not spend that time in his office.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-30 08:19

    Ummmmmm ..... I thought causing minor disruption(not violence or vandalism mind you) was the whole point of picketing? Perhaps instead of running off to the Labour Court, Mathale should 'engage' with the workers and address their concerns - that's the advice the ANC always dishes out to other sectors, at least .....

      Judith - 2012-04-30 08:36

      But Scouter, then he would have to do some real work!

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-30 08:28

    Talk is no more CHEAP and what YOU SOW you will REAP..............

  • Dennis - 2012-04-30 08:46

    Getting a bit of your own back and you cry foul !! What an absolute a&&hole you are cassel !! You deserve "quiet time" behind bars !!

  • Andile - 2012-04-30 08:47

    Dictatorship tendency #SIES#

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-04-30 09:31

    Mathale,your face is the disruption.Stay away from the people and out the streets....

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-30 10:07

    Mathale: It seems the picketers have every good reason to complain. Perhaps the money you stuck in your pocket when you claimed R400 000 odd for the use of a private vehicle - when you have government vehicles - could have paid them their wages. Your province is bankrupt - you should step down and let someone else take over - someone who cares.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-04-30 10:14

    poor poor Cassel , his government is broke, his employees are giving him kaak and his driver is not helping the situation either by rolling his official vehicle . All these prove that power is nothing without control

  • swavka - 2012-04-30 10:38

    But it okay to disrupt work in Gauteng, when you all want to picket today, tomorrow and the day after, and the mess you leave in your wake, makes on think of a barbarian. Maybe if you ran your province as a province instead of a small dictatorship things would be different.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 10:44

    Shame is his wheel turning against him now,go get toilet paper boet you coward.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-30 11:06

    There is not one comment in his favour - one would think government might take some notice - sadly it seems they don't.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 11:21

      Too busy eating cake behind closed doors to bother with the opinions of we mere mortals ;)

      Moagi - 2012-05-01 08:31

      They r the government! Wish the courts cud ask them what corporate procedures and policies did they follows n what was the response of strickers before they approached them. Make them pay individually court fees if they didn't. What!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 11:19

    Typical, instead of addressing the real issues - what the picketers are protesting about - let's waste more taxpayer's money in court cases. I hope it is thrown out for the waste of time that it is. Time all you politricksters realised that South Africans are not going to stop highlighting your disgraceful behaviour. So fix it or leave your posts.

      Moagi - 2012-05-01 08:21

      Cud not put it better! Fix it.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:58

    They are a disruption when they don't toy toy in his favour. Typical.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-30 12:29

    The ANC now trying to have the rights to picket they fought so hard for revoked because it no longer serves their purpose. The shoe is now on the other foot.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-30 13:13

    Shame Mathale. I wonder who set this example in the first place and set a precedent which the long suffering businesses and public have had to endure for the past 20 years. What you sow so shall you reap.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-30 20:34

    As much as I think that Cassel is an idiot and really didnt give a damn when his buddy Juju's supporters disrupted Joburg, since when do you need consent of a worker to transfer them; since when do you need to consult them when you restructure; why should they get performance bonuses when the last thing on their mind while a work is performance? NEHAWU is as moronic as Cassel and the rest of the private cake-eaters.

      Moagi - 2012-05-01 08:15

      Since Batho Pele was born. Workers are humans and react to environment. U need to inform them about housing, availability of institutions especially schools for their children and work for their spouses. Employers have to offer temporary housing, storage of their possessions and assistance towards school requirements at the new place. And whether the transfer is on promotion. Humans with needs similar to employers. Not ornaments. U want perfomance and production u discuss with and inform employees all the way and not tell them. Recognize their intelligence and potential. There!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 08:39

    This "Premier" did more good for the province in the week he took off after he nicked his ear as a result of poor driving, than he did throughout the rest of his career. One would think a CEO who ran his company deep into bankrupcy, would be fired. Self glorifying fool! Useless ANC !

  • siphiwom - 2012-05-01 11:17


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