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Satawu denies members killed driver

2012-10-09 14:20

Cape Town - The violent strikers who killed a Cape Town truck driver do not belong in the labour movement and should face the law, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) said on Tuesday.

"We do not think people like that belong in our democracy and they do not belong with us as Satawu," spokesperson Vincent Masoga said.

Cape Town truck driver Gary Stewart, 41, was declared brain dead after being hit on the head by a stone thrown into his vehicle, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Stewart had been on life support with a fractured skull after he sustained severe brain damage last Wednesday. He was hit on the head while driving on the N2 by a stone thrown through the windshield of his truck. The stone throwers were thought to be Satawu members.

"No one associated with us can be involved with violence," Masoga said.

He said if any Satawu members were found to be involved they would face internal disciplinary processes and the law.

"We are heartbroken at this. We send condolences to his family and fellow workers," Masoga said.

"The criminals involved must certainly face the wrath of the law."

Masoga said Satawu would co-operate with the police's investigation.

Comments
  • aarchaic - 2012-10-09 14:39

    O what a suprize... and i guess the other 3 parties will say excately the same... but guess what! it was a striking member in a violent protest who did it! Every union involved is guilty!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-09 15:15

      the word STRIKING implies that they belong to them anyway! Otherwise why would they be striking? THEY called for the strikes in the first place! also the pictures says it all - give them 12% or else "VIOLENCE"!!!! These guys think we are all idiots..!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-09 16:03

      Denial? - Oh well then it must be true, all the anc and affiliates do is deny the truth...EVERY TIME!

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-09 14:53

    This happens every year, everytime a cosatu affiliated union go on strike, they harrass workers who are not their members. when samwu marches what happens? they throw rubissh bags all over the city, loot from shops along the way and attack those not on strike. they have been doing that as far as i can remember, and yes they did kill the man. denying it wont make it disappear. fact is cosatu affilites take killing for their rights literally.!

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-09 14:56

    Look at the photo and then say that again you idiot!! You are responsible, I hope they sue you and bankrupt your organisation.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-09 14:56

    MAsoga man look no further for those criminals, you top the list. if a union leader can appear on tv swearing that they will bring this country to a stand still what do you expect? pity all these people do not think about the negetive effects all these have on the economy of this country.

  • AndrĂ© Lombard - 2012-10-09 15:04

    Charge SATAWU under the same common purpose clause that was used to charge the Marikana miners with murder.

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-09 15:08

      Yes and get them to collectivly pay to the family of the dead driver

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-09 15:13

    The fact is due to the strike called by SATAWU a man is dead from injuries caused by a stone hurled at him, whether or not violent strikers belong or do not belong in the union is not material. Not only should the culprit be prosecuted, the union should be held responsible. All too often when strikes are called by the Labour unions violence and destruction of property results due to poor controls by the union. In the case of the present strike numerous vehicles have been torched and of course it will be denied these actions were not carried out by SATAWU members. Who carries the cost of vehicle replacement either the owner or if insured the insurance company but what of the goods in the vehicles, again if insured, either the supplier/manufacturer or the insurance cover. At the end of the day we as law abiding citizens will pay as cost of insurance will increase to cover the loss. It is time for these unions to pay for all these costs.

  • skmc01 - 2012-10-09 15:19

    Can Satawu prove that it wasn't their protesters that where involved in the incident.....Easy to pass the buck ......one thing we know though it was striking members.....of which union we cannot say.....So its easy then, hold all of them responsable.....

  • Andrea - 2012-10-09 15:20

    What next? "Eish, I did not know throwing a stone can kill a man!" or "Eish, that stone was not mine, I threw the other stone!"

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-09 15:23

    You organized the party, you take responsibility. Its as simple as that. Ffs

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-10-09 15:25

    How can he say they were not involved. These uncivilised people - proved by their general behaviour will stop at nothing.

  • Erna - 2012-10-09 15:30

    This man is dead as a direct result of the strike - how can they not be responsible?

  • Sean O'Brien Snr - 2012-10-09 15:58

    in all fairness guys, look at the headline, and then read the story: Satuwu does not deny invovement as this headlines screams! once again pisspoor journalism!

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 16:03

    The face of absolute evil. The Unions. They believe that they can literally get away with murder through denial. No shame, nothing. Heartless cruelty is all that they understand. They have no souls.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 16:17

    Exactly Darryl and reading the placard of the photo in the article which says "12% OR FIRE FLAME" With the illustration of an automatic weapon below the leaves no doubt of their guilt.

  • Michael - 2012-10-09 16:18

    They will never accept responsibility, but the truth will convict them, who so everkilled that man will remain a killer, it doesnt matter wether he is caught or not, truth is truth and it can not be defeated by lies.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 16:29

    Why doesn't the ANC just admit that the Unions actually rule the Country and that they (the ANC) are just the administrators of this evil which is destroying our Country. Nowhere else in Africa is so much violence being perpetuated in the name of Unions.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-09 16:49

    U know why everytime when there's a strike People get killed Property destroyed n Damaged n all this Union Leaders deny n deny that it is their members ?It is Bcos most of these Unions are affiliated to COSATU which is then Alligned to the Ruling Party, Therefore who will b held resposble ?

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 16:57

    @ Johnny The ANC will not take responsibility because they have placed themselves between a rock and a hard place with the tripartite agreement. If ever there was a lesson to be learned that never should any Government compromise themselves with a Union this surely is the example.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 17:03

    Well perhaps it was father Christmas then?

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-09 17:24

    They only shoot and burn!!! The employers must claim damages for truck set on fire from the union. It is time the unions start paying for what the members are doing.

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-10-09 17:42

    they enjoy seeing people die it gives them some sort of high, its what they know, they don't give a dame. condolences to the family.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-09 19:12

    Unions should be made accountable, the call a strike they must be held responsible for what their unruly strikers to. No more said. They will never take the blame and now its time to make them pay up.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-10 10:43

    The easy way out.Bring back the Scorpions to investigate and hold those responsible.Our police have failed us.No one seems interested in bringing the perpetrators to book.

  • alf.pop - 2012-10-10 21:17

    The usual m.o. - first stir sh.t, loot, destroy, kill and then pass the buck. Unions in this country, starting with COSATU, are not capable of organising a p0iss-up in a brewery, let alone control their members during protests. As long as the unions are not taken to task on their members' behaviour this will continue. They keep referringto criminal elements - is that an indirect admission that the perps are SATAWU members!

  • DrFeelBetter - 2013-04-27 19:25

    "No one associated with us can be involved with violence," Masoga said. CROCODILE TEARS! COSATU and all strikers currently making Mass Public Transportation Impossible are causing MASSIVE Health damage to the poor, marginalized and underprivileged members of the Black People they purport to support! People with chronic illnesses cannot get to clinics and hospitals. Advanced pregnant women cannot access health services and injured, raped and diaadvantaged people cannot access help, and yet these hipocrites say they support the National Democratic Program and spearheaded by the ANC. South Africa is UNGOVERNABLE and bullied by COSATU, Saboreurs and other undesirables that do NOT belong to our hard won democracy. I urge the president to assert his authority and introduce Law and Order in SOuth Africa before it crumbles totally!

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