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Police out in force for Cosatu march

2012-10-27 10:29

Rustenburg - A large number of police have been deployed at the starting point of the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) march in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Ten police Nyalas and two water cannons were at the bus rank were the march would begin, while a police helicopter circled above.
Cosatu was holding a march and a rally to demand the reinstatement of dismissed mining workers and to reclaim Rustenburg from what it called "force of counter-revolution".

By 08:30 on Saturday the number of the police at the rank outnumbered the number of protesters gathered to march.

The protesters, dressed in red t-shirts, sang liberation songs while waiting for other people from Limpopo and Gauteng to arrive.

The rally at the Olympia Park stadium would be addressed by SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Cosatu's secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi.

Rustenburg has been engulfed in recent strike activity.

The strike started at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August where workers demanded a monthly salary of R12 500 and by September 12 it spread to Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) where workers demanded R16 000.

The workers chose to represent themselves instead of negotiating through the unions.

They left the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and joined rival union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) claiming that NUM did not serve the workers' interests.

The Amplats workers were still on strike despite the company firing 12 000 of them for failing to appear in disciplinary hearing.

Lonmin workers ended the strike on September 20 when workers accepted pay hike that would see the lowest worker paid R9 000.
On August 16, 34 Lonmin miners were shot dead during a confrontation with police.

Comments
  • bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-27 10:35

    After recent events, I don't know if that is the safest thing to do. Some of these guys are trigger happy and a bit of a liability. I can't believe how these guys want to increase their salaries but such big margins.. I would love for my salary to be increased 300%

      lownabester - 2012-10-27 10:49

      I am so happy to live n the Western Cape

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-27 11:24

      Message to these strikers: Its your right to strike, BUT remember its not your right to make use of this opportunity to vandalize, loot and murder innocent people.... And when you do these things and you get shot by the police, don't say "eish these police are murderers"!! If you parasitic strikers had to live in South America you would have been shot dead by the hardworking civilians first, and then the police.

      ron.rielander - 2012-10-27 11:52

      Wait for the next march against E-Tolls, won't be long now....DO NOT REGISTER for e-tolls.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-27 10:37

    Well let's see what happens

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 10:41

    This is just another excuse for the masses to wreak havoc,destroy ,loot and plunder!They just LOVE that word DEMAND dont they?

      david.lebethe - 2012-10-27 11:35

      Don't you also demand for rfestoration of your rights when you are violated? This country has for a longtime been thriving on the blood and sweet of mineworkers, who have been underpaid for a very longtime and now demand to be fairly compensated.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 13:34

      My rights areviolated everyday by your very government defrauding my hard earned tax money,so go give your hard done by spieel to someone who cares.Hardworking citizens are gatvol of people commiting crimes and causng injury to fll their "DEMANDS"!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-27 10:51

    Take ANGER and violence away from the black man and you take away his reason for living. If there is no reason, he'll manufacture one. Yes, stone me, and prove me right. I know there are exceptions.

      david.lebethe - 2012-10-27 11:49

      What about hosting a white man in your country and end up oppressing you for wealth, which he knows nothing about and claim to be his? Isn't a sign of arrogance and raping of wealth by white people generally? It's about time that you come to know that white people's time is now up and that black people are now demanding what is rightfully theirs.

      damien.bako - 2012-10-27 12:50

      @david. Lebethe are you a Khoisan? They were the 1st people here. As for your HOSTING skills (rape, murder,robbery,etc) we can do without it thank you, why don't you "host" one another?

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-27 11:05

    I hope they stoned there cars

  • damien.bako - 2012-10-27 11:17

    Happy to know police out in full force, hope there will be zero tolerance for looting and plundering!

  • david.lebethe - 2012-10-27 11:29

    The rally is just a show-off. The fact, of the matter is that Num is harmorrhaging and all that Cosatu and Sacp are doing is to try to perform CPR on it. It is too late too little, mineworkers have made up their mind. The exercise will only serve to harden attitudes and cause more enmity among mineworkers, who will continue to attack one another long after Vavi and Blade have left the place.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-27 11:45

    Wasn't there enough trouble in that area? Don't know a March/Strike that has been peaceful.....so more nonsense coming Rustenburg's way.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-10-27 11:58

    They 'deserve' R20 000 for really doing nothing!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-27 13:27

    They have the rights to strike, but no rights to damage private and business properties. The have no rights to kill and stone cars and people. These are are humans that are bringing down South Africa.

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