Strikers run amok in Cape Town

2011-08-16 13:03

Cape Town - Striking municipal workers have protested in central Cape Town, knocking over bins, setting fires, and looting street vendors' stalls.

About 2 000 striking Samwu members marched from the City Hall along Darling and then Adderley streets, where some of them knocked over refuse bins and set fire to their contents.

Some vehicle windows were smashed, and stores on Adderley Street closed their doors.

Street vendors were also attacked, and some of their merchandise, including suitcases, caps, watches, cigarettes, sweets, cosmetics and milk powder, were stolen.

Stall holder Nohuzuko Mpande of Goodwood estimated she had R1 000 or more of suitcases stolen by demonstrating municipal workers in red T-shirts, Olivia Rose-Innes reported.

Mpande said she saw one of the demonstrators hit the female stall holder next to her before also stealing some of her merchandise.

"They can strike, but they can’t hurt the people like this. And why weren’t the police here earlier to stop this?"

The strikers then moved towards the Civic Centre, where they handed a list of grievances and wage demands to Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielsen on Monday.

Samwu is demanding an 18% wage increase, while employers are offering 6.08%.

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  • Tantrum - 2011-08-16 13:08

    Where is my friend Matt:) Remember when you said the strikes in SA are more peacefull than the riots in the UK? What do you say now? Bos is hy, en bos gaan hy bly.

      Stinkhout - 2011-08-16 13:12

      And how many looters were arrested?

      Mr_Mind - 2011-08-16 13:21

      So when we want something we go and destroy private property and then we get it? Genius! I think they should pay for the damages by not getting a wage increase.

      Real Deal - 2011-08-16 13:27

      there is a big different setting bins alight rather than buildings and cars. UK is a very violent place which we all saw on TV. Even our government advised not to travel there. I for one - will take that advice. I am better off going on holiday to Iraq than walk the rainy, cold and violent streets of London

      SeanJ - 2011-08-16 13:28

      Tshepo if u want to get paid exactly wat your over seas counterparts get paid u should get about R2000 a month, the average garbage collector in chana only takes home about $200 a month you work that out, its about R1200, in fact out garbage collectors earn about $600 a month way above any other eqivilent in the world... well besides the USA but u hate them so much so they dont count

      Real Deal - 2011-08-16 13:29

      Oh yes - but South Africans are racist - just look at how the Brits call all the whites rioting "blacks"

      onthefence - 2011-08-16 13:31

      @thsepo.theman - you do not recall anyone dying in our local strikes? Whipe the sh_t out of your eyes, last transport strike two drivers were killed if I can remember?

      Tolerant - 2011-08-16 13:31

      I saw a guy this morning with a hand injury, he fell when he was running away from strikers. Sad. Parow streets are also messy.

      michaelx - 2011-08-16 13:32


      Advocate - 2011-08-16 13:33

      Tshepo, Tshepo, Tshepo, where have you been? Strikers killed a man in Germiston last month. Are you condoning this? As for paying the same salaries as overseas counterparts? By all means, but then we shouls start expecting some real service, would'nt you say? "amandla strike my brothers destroy that cape town" - This is now what I call betraying your IQ. The wage demand is higher than the IQ

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-16 13:34

      @tshepo So the people who died from necklacing in the Apartheid riots are still alive? Don't be blatantly stupid, people will start thinking you're an idiot rather than a troll.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-16 13:36

      To think that some of these " people " are parents outside of work & that they are capable of behaving in this manner, says a lot for the type of role models they are for their children. No wonder some of them grow up the way they do ! How do you discipline little Sipho for being untidy or destructive @ home ????

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:44

      @ Tantrum - lol, I expected that :-) and gave you a thumbs-up for good measure.

      Slackie - 2011-08-16 13:44

      Funny, some Americans I know have been saying things about the striking workers "Hmmm They look very well fed to me, how can they be starving?, Seems to me they get enough wage for the level of work" Thats the international perspective, What if they found out most of these workers never stopped having kids after the 3rd one? what would they think then?

      Betterworld - 2011-08-16 13:45

      @Tshepo: Lets add up how many violent riots the UK experiences and compare it with how many SA experience? I think a big difference there.... You cannot compare the 2 countries and how many people died! - 2011-08-16 13:47

      Tshepo.theman for some one who can read you are very dum or just plain raciest that you can see good from bad, as two wrongs dont make it right. the problem is they get paid more then some loose there jobs which is already a problem in SA where there is not enough tax payers to keep this country flowing and then that is even stolen buy abuse of power and self centred leaders, Wake up!!!

      Sue - 2011-08-16 13:48

      @'s not about anyone dying, about destroying what does not belong to you. The Government, your Government is responsible for the salaries of these people, not US. Get your facts right. Go strike at the doors of parliament ignorant so destructive so stupid....

      kingkong - 2011-08-16 13:48

      tshepo you are the panicle of stupedo. If South Africa was one of the leading economies in the world the you would expect to get paid like that. Just because the anc cadre earns more the people doing the same job over sea does not make it right. In fact it shows you the mentality

      Neil - 2011-08-16 13:51

      @Tshepo" The only thing you lot know is how to break stuff down that is actually working, hence your statement to burn cape town down. Why? Because it is white and it works and you know it and can't handle the truth! Pay Peanuts?: So what does a guy earn that collects garbage? 20k a month? Will see if you will still be happy if these @ssholes strike themselves to a higher salary you are earning? What you going to do then? Break your computer? I hope so because you are a nuisance just like those clowns striking. Btw, I doubt you even take home 6k a month. I will not even appoint you as a damn tea-girl.

      MetEishYa - 2011-08-16 13:58

      @michaelx. I stopped giving "Christmas Box" a few years back when the union members started this cr@p of trashing the place and also me having to take my own refuse to the local refuse site.

      Green Oaks - 2011-08-16 14:02

      No matter where in the world you go, THEY are ALL the same.

      Niekie - 2011-08-16 14:15

      They are all animals, what else do you expect from animals? Better behaviour? I think not! They are what they are! Dirty, untrainable animals!

      Neil - 2011-08-16 14:22

      @Tshepo: My ugly picture still looks better than yours. I photo-shopped your eyes straight the last time, careful I do not photo shop you with make up on this time..

      Mikea - 2011-08-16 15:01

      Real Deal - At least in the UK the perpetrators are arrested and brought to Justice.

      The Observer - 2011-08-16 15:08

      hehehe Real Deal my friend read again: Historian David Starkey has told BBC's Newsnight ''the whites have become black'' in a discussion on the England riots with author and broadcaster Dreda Say Mitchell and the author of Chavs, Owen Jones. He also hit out at what he called the ''destructive, nihilistic gangster culture'' which he said ''has become the fashion'' David Starkey sounds very south African to me. This is what the world thinks

      Virginia - 2011-08-16 15:45

      @ Real Deal, the difference in the UK is that they have a minorty black nation, and the whites tend to act just like them, so they all act like black people in the UK when rioting. In SA the whites tend to be more conservative, we dont riot, protest or Toy Toy. Our cultures seem to be a bit different because of apartheid, never got to know each other to well.

      Real Deal - 2011-08-16 19:40

      @Virginia - so are you basically saying is that blacks are violent animals?

      Jou Ma - 2011-08-18 07:46

      @Virginia - the Brits are white K@ff!rs. South African whites are mostly from Western Europe. Rise of the Planet of the apes!

      York Hunt - 2011-08-18 09:26

      Toyi-toyi is SA's national sport! "Affirmative Aerobics"

  • iDubula - 2011-08-16 13:09


      Thandiwe83 - 2011-08-16 13:19

      These dogs deserve to lose their jobs. I say any strikers who damages anything should be forcibly removed from work.

      boerekanon - 2011-08-16 13:21

      But but they they are breaking and looting for a good cause! If they want to be and act like animals treat them like animals.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:24

      Your shooting blanks buddy!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:45

      Fire them all and give the jobs to people who WANT to work. Why the heck would any company employ people who state in public how much they hate their employers, and how can they employ these people when they know that every year they will break the law?

      karlkat - 2011-08-16 13:45

      @ boerekanon at least you can train and dicipline an animal the way you would like him to behave. You cannot do anything with these trash.... with their primitive instinct they are beyond training or education

      Flee - 2011-08-16 13:49

      I agree Idubula... Fire those who are not willing to work, charge those who are destructive and arrest those who in any way harm non strikers... I know of many people who would give their left arm to get a job, even if it pays what they are getting... I have not had a pay increase in 3 years with the recession et al, did I burn down the company I work for ... NOPE!!! Also they are trashing the streets etc, how stupid... they are the ones who are gonna have to work twice as hard to clean their own mess... CHOPS!!!!

      Zinki - 2011-08-16 13:52

      At the last elections the ANC so badly wanted to make the Western Cape ungovernable. Now is their chance. Any excuse for going mad so that the WC can look like a mess. They should arrest the whole lot of them!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-08-16 14:34

      Thandiwe83 naaa the second there is one report of violence, the strike should be declared illegal, the union boss should be jailed for 60 days and if strikers not back at work the next morning they should be fired

      Mikus - 2011-08-16 16:37

      7.62mm full metal jacket - or 5.56mm if you're feeling sporty!

  • Andre - 2011-08-16 13:10

    It is amazing how they strike for "Moral" reasons. Then when it comes to behaving in a responsible manner, they have no respect for society. That is the message unions send out. "We only care about ourselves, not society as a whole". A bunch of savages. I am losing faith in this country. It has not advanced at all.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-16 13:45

      - @ Bokomo - Your wish will soon be granted - then you can have your banana republic all to yourself.

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 13:48

      @point Blank, yo point is so blank and u most definitely shooting blanks hahaahahaa

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:57

      @ blanco_pta - if JZ shot blanks, SA's population would be half of what it is today

      Mikea - 2011-08-16 15:03

      When you pay for Monkeys you get Monkeys.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 15:03

      @all the dislikes. You don't wanna hear about Australia but you complain so much. Eish

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 15:18

      @Msunu, im White and from Cape Town. The province is run by coloureds

      underdog - 2011-08-16 15:25

      @BokomoWeetbi: False.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 15:29


      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 15:34

      @underdog, i dare you - try a Jimmy Manyi comment and see how the DA loses this province

      K_za - 2011-08-18 12:17

      The problem is that you are trying to understand these savages---Don't. Oh and to some of you, please don't refer to them as animals. Animals are far more intelligent and caring.

  • Warren - 2011-08-16 13:10

    I used to burn down my school, now the best I can do is set a rubbish bin on fire!

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:20

      Is that supposed to sound intelligent? Oh no, sorry, you burnt your school.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:44

      @Warren - damn hooligan - what you need is a lekker sjambok pakslae

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:47

      Shame Daaivark, it's just not your day today is it ;-) better luck tomorrow!

      Wynkan - 2011-08-16 16:03

      Thumbs up if you think Daaivark is a numbnut old fart.

      Warren - 2011-08-16 18:23

      @ daaivark: Jeez dude, it's just a stupid joke. Matt:-) has it right, once again you're the dumb ass of the day (at least you have the Weetbix police on your side). Maybe you should stop wearing your G-string wrong way round.

      redrobot - 2011-08-18 11:50

      @daaivark- did the "rentboy" not show up again?. Go pour yourself another dora and light another cilla and chill the f**K OUT. TROLL.

  • DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-16 13:11

    I'm sorry, I can agree with your demand & even sympathise with your cause (Although 18% is impossible in reality) but the moment you start attacking my personal property, looting or violent behavious, all sympathy disappears. If you wish to behave like animals then give them their raise in rations of dog food, as this is all thats deserved by those behaving like dogs! (Correction, a dog has a sense of discipline & loyalty if brought up in the correct manner. Give them their raise in raw meat. savages)

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:47

      Maybe they need 18% to keep affording Epol? ;-)

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-16 13:56

      LOL, yeah dam these guys. We keep going on about this human rights thing, well then, thats fine but the moment your behaviour is no longer human, then you should loose your human rights. Also, whatever happened to the human rights of taxpayers & innocent people? If I had a business in the CBD, who has a more human right? me to run my business, employ people, feed a family & pay taxes, or the thing that just stormed in & took / destroyed as it thinks it is safe in large numbers? It should be very simple. If you are caught after a crime & need to be proven guilty, then thats where we use a court of law. If however you are caught in the act of crime, especially violent crime, you should be exterminated on site. Humans are socialy structured disciplined entities. A criminal should not be seen as a human but as an evil entity that should be destroyed for the betterment of humanity.

      henda.peiser - 2011-08-16 14:51

      Don't compare them to dogs, dogs are wonderful and would never do something so disgusting.

  • Geoff - 2011-08-16 13:11

    I wonder. If you deduct the cost of damages caused during this strike from the requested wage increase, whether you'd come out at a higher or lower value than 6%?

      whatsinaname - 2011-08-16 13:14

      They want 18%!

      tkotze - 2011-08-16 13:49

      Now that would become interesting... I don't want to support strike, despite knowing how it is necessary in a democracy. But I also have a feeling my opinion would have been different if it was peaceful and only caused services to not be delivered. On that note, I would propose implementing a law that holds the union responsible for all damages unless it is waved by the union members and that they will carry all damages during the strike. Then after the strike all damages are calculated and levied against the union or the workers that striked. In that way workers get the necessary freedom to strike as is required by a democracy, but we are protected from these people. Then maybe the strikers will also try and get rid of the jobless "criminals" that join in the strike just for the fun of it. This morning again heard how the poor workers were attacked at the train stations and eyes gaffed out when they were trying to go to work for some hard earned money. Just despicable.

  • Han Solo - 2011-08-16 13:13

    Throw them all in the brig!

      RGL - 2011-08-16 14:14

      @Weeti - why don't you educate yourself before you waste everyone's time with daft comments. (A "brig" is a US naval jail)

      cliffarc - 2011-08-16 16:06

      - Funnyman Wheetbix, with his corny one liners has vanished. Looks like he rebranded himself as Bokomo - W . What a toss.

  • WhiteMalema - 2011-08-16 13:15

    A strike is a strike. This kind of behaviour is what makes a reformed person start feeling very comfortable with the unreformed label of being a "racist"

      v3 - 2011-08-16 14:46

      "Racist" means "disagrees with the ANC" in SA-speak. It is a variant of "cockroach", "hyena", "black snake" or "sell-out"

  • Cheryl - 2011-08-16 13:15

    Totally unacceptable behaviour!

  • Boxxer - 2011-08-16 13:15

    Do they know that they have to clean the mess up as well?

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 13:51

      that will mean they still have jobs. isnt that good enough?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 14:24

      Yes, they know this, plus with all the work, they can claim overtime... oh they know full well!

  • ziyaadj1 - 2011-08-16 13:16

    I don't have problem with people who whats more wages if the Government can bailout Swaziland with money why can't the pay these people better salaries the can't say theres no money every time when it comes to the working class of SA but have money when Swaziland's king runs sort of spending money

      Almaki - 2011-08-16 13:23

      No matter how you look at it, an 18% increase is a ridiculous demand.

      Spaffy - 2011-08-16 13:33

      I think their actions while demanding more money is more the problem although yes, 18% is a bit farfetched.

  • keithboy1993 - 2011-08-16 13:16

    18% is absolute idiocy! South African municipal workers are already the 3rd best paid on the earth... As a South African/Emirati living in Dubai I say this... FIRE EVERY STRIKING WORKER IMMEDIATELY!! NO PUBIC SECTOR WORKER SHOULD EVER BE UNIONIZED!! This is because the union can just demand more and more and more as the state in their eyes has 'unlimited' money... I support labour unions in the private sector totally but NOT in the public sector... FIRE THE INGRATES AND REPLACE THEM WITH NON UNION WORKERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

      JerusalemJet - 2011-08-16 17:12

      Look - the real inflation rate is around the 15% - 18% mark - but suckers like me hang around for retirement with 4% for the last two years - petrol , electricity , bread , milk are way more than 4% up - BUT civilized people do not engage in this recently primitive conduct of throwing rubbish everywhere and stealing from flower sellers ad nauseam

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-16 13:16

    And here I thought that looting and rioting would not be allowed, and that transgressors, and their respective Unions would be held liable for any damage. They would also be charged according to the damage they did. I thought - yes. Silly me - this is S.A. How could I forget that?

  • landolph.schutz - 2011-08-16 13:18

    Criminal behaviour. Who will they blame for this ?

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:23


      Mac - 2011-08-16 13:33

      the legacy of Aparthied

      nic - 2011-08-16 13:33

      white South Africans

      Tantrum - 2011-08-16 13:41

      Verwoerd ...

      Dal68 - 2011-08-16 13:46


      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:49

      Blame Canada... (think "South Park")

      PSJHB - 2011-08-16 13:51

      I think its time that Unions must pay up for damages caused by their striking members. After all members are paying a monthly fee

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 13:52

      Zille hahahahahaaaaa

      Popit - 2011-08-16 13:53

      The debt ceiling in the US??

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:58

      Zettie!!! die vark

      darkwing - 2011-08-16 14:21


      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 14:28

      Stevie Wonder - Blame It On The Sun (also covered by Syreeta Wright and Phil Collins)

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 14:29

      Stevie Wonder - Blame It On The Sun (also covered by Syreeta Wright and Phil Collins)

      InternetMan - 2011-08-16 14:54

      Words cannot describe how much I hate you Matt:-)

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 15:03

      @internetMan...ouuchhh at Matt

      Baksteen - 2011-08-16 15:31

      Global warming

      JerusalemJet - 2011-08-16 17:16

      PSJHB - August 16, 2011 at 13:51 - absolutely they must pay up - BUT their communist mates (behind their masks)in the banks simply up the OD facility - when monies are called for - effectively costs the Unions vokol - because it's not real money backed with personal suretyship or adequate security - which can be called in and liquidated

  • Mac - 2011-08-16 13:18

    Shoot the b@stards - with live ammo. They'll behave chop-chop!

      Will2.0 - 2011-08-16 14:14

      Mac, (and the 18 and counting thumbs up) what's your view on Lybia? Their only crime was using live ammo on civilians.

      JerusalemJet - 2011-08-16 17:18

      Well said Mac - when you break the law , you should immediately forfeit any constitutional rights , and pay the price - including with the perps own lives

  • AnneB - 2011-08-16 13:19

    I defend anybody's right to strike - peacefully. With all the video cameras and cell phones around, one would think it would be relatively easy for the police to arrest people who loot etc. Why haven't the culprits been identified and arrested?

      Advocate - 2011-08-16 13:37

      The cops are on lunch. ITS true, just saw 6 of them at Mcdonalds.

      keithboy1993 - 2011-08-16 13:43

      i defend your right to strike too if you are in the private sector... but the public sector should NOT have a right to strike or unionize... As we are already the third best piad public sector on the planet... what do these unions want? To totally bankrupt our nation? I know college degree holders who are friends of mine who worked their butts off and make less then these ingrates striking... this is why the rest of the world refers to south africa as a dump... it is utterly humiliating as they strike every year it seems... time to fire these bastard ingrates... and i think they should have to clean up their mess also with out pay after being fired. South Africa has became an utter joke!!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:50

      Because there's more chance of an SA Policeman dancing to Frankie Goes To Hollywood than actually doing any police work. They're scared, remember...

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-16 13:51

      @ Advocate - if that's true, KFC employees will soon be rioting too outside McD - "don't muscle in on our turf"

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 13:56

      @AnneB, u probably watched a pirated video. some were arrested in the N24 video. or update yo antivirus, it looks like u have a virus “denial of true-video” type.. hahahahaha.

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 14:31

      On tv news yesterday there were about 6 cops letting 1 striker, who had just smashed a car with sticks, run away and they stood there. The cops are about as effective as a fart in a thunder storm

      James - 2011-08-16 22:47

      you're flying with the budgies!

  • President - 2011-08-16 13:19

    It is absolutely normal for the strikers to trash anything in their paths. It is also normal that the police do nothing, even after knowing that it is going to happen. The sad thing is that it has also become normal that we all just shake our heads in disgust and join the police and the government by doing absolutely nothing.

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 13:59

      @point of correction Mr. President, its not normal, its common. I suppose "the fixed property" jumped into their paths. hahahaaaa how pathetic.

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-08-16 13:19


      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:22

      Waarheid, die Leeus en die Olifante is fantastiese diere. Was jy al by die Kruger Wildtuin?

  • JAY-SA - 2011-08-16 13:19

    Where were the Police ??????????

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:21


      Serias - 2011-08-16 13:25

      probably in the back busy looting the stalls

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 13:38

      Having sex with... well, anyone.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:47

      @PointBlank - sis, damn pervert. They busy arranging a lease to be signed.

      Virginia - 2011-08-16 16:05

      Who , SAP probably on a sleep break, or maybe protesting with the strikers.

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-16 13:20

    ...thought the march was about increased remuneration...why the destruction and attacks...yes, and where are the police? Still fitting their bullet-proof vests?

  • JustinX - 2011-08-16 13:20

    Irresponsible scum of the earth. There is no hope for SA with this scum

      Virginia - 2011-08-16 16:06

      Whoa! justin this is their country never forget that, they can do as they please, remember you are only an intruder, you have got no say, just pay up and smile.

  • will294 - 2011-08-16 13:21

    What a lot of uncivilized barbarians we have in this country!!

      nic - 2011-08-16 13:30

      exactly, if they act like animals they should be kept in cages

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:34

      So leave.

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 13:39

      @daaivark, why must they leave??? What a moron.... So everyone who condemned the riots in London must leave the UK too?? Gees, not a lot of intelligence your way.

      Tantrum - 2011-08-16 13:43

      Daaivark ... ek is nou doodseker jy is FW de Klerk. Lyk soos hy en praat net soveel K@K

      Dal68 - 2011-08-16 13:47

      @ Tantrum lyk vir my ook so.....

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:48

      Yes, i agree with daaivark. You can leave, Australia has ticket waiting for you.

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 14:05

      I agree with daaivark, pack yo small baggages leave peacefully. we wont miss u.

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 15:18

      When someone refers to my nation as uncivilized barbarians one wonders why they stay. To me that is perfectly logical and Tantrum: Ek dink jy moet weer Geskiedenis gaan lees, my skapie.

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 15:34

      @daaivark, hey if the shoe fits...

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 15:35

      @point blank. Australian size 10?

  • Biko Lives - 2011-08-16 13:24

    Those who looted are the rented forces tasked to reverse the gains of the workers revolution. These are just criminal elements who are probably not members of SAMWU! They need to be exposed for who they are and be beaten until their real owners come up!

      Zeek - 2011-08-16 13:35

      Seriously man how long is that argument going to be used. "uhhh no they were rented" BS Actually all the SAMWU workers are at work, they rented these circus guys to fight their cause.

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-16 13:35

      Third force?

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 13:41

      Oh please, every strike we hear the same thing "they criminals and not members..." so then why are the members allowing them to be part of their strike? Sounds like they welcome those "criminal elements"...

      onthefence - 2011-08-16 13:46

      The lamest excuse that has not lasted the test of time - not SAMWU members...bull$hit

      Ghost - 2011-08-16 13:57

      Easy, the members are criminals, problem solved.

      Bhlynd - 2011-08-16 13:58

      More like turd force...

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 14:34

      So why are our joke of a police force not arresting them??

      JerusalemJet - 2011-08-16 17:28

      I agree they should be beaten - but the ANC / SAMWU honcho's have already told them who to blame and the beating stops - meanwhile they were in fact paid to loot by your lot - I am convinced from your comments on this and other threads , you are with the ANC CI attempting to curry favour and create a diversion . Baleka wena .

      Kraut - 2011-08-16 18:16

      oh...biko again..another superb brain fart from the master of ridicule...

  • FU2 - 2011-08-16 13:24

    Please make Cape Town look like London some couple of days ago

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:34

      WOW. Very bright. And most useful.

      Spaffy - 2011-08-16 14:22


  • dolly87 - 2011-08-16 13:25

    amazing how goverment employed people are allowed to strike (nurses, municipal people, train workers, etc) yet everyone else has to just accept the increase they get, if they even get one. I don't get an increase and if i were to refuse to come to work I would just get fired... Why are these people (who often perform like animals when they strike) allowed to strike and get away with it, and on top of it then get PAID for striking and destroying things.

  • Buic - 2011-08-16 13:25

    This is wrong

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:26

      no dur

      onthefence - 2011-08-16 13:34

      @Buic - I await your thesis

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 14:06

      @Buic, hahahahahaa... 50 000 words hahahaha

  • Megan - 2011-08-16 13:25

    You have the right to strike, you have the right to demand better wages and working conditions. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACT LIKE COMMON CRIMINALS! Those poor vendors on the side of the road come out every day, in all sorts of horrific weather conditions to try and make an honest living. And they probably take home less than your average municipal worker. You municipal workers are turning in to a bunch of thugs who deserve nothing more than some time spent behind bars. I WILL NOT SUPPORT THESE COMMON CRIMINAL MORONS!

  • Advocate - 2011-08-16 13:26

    Tony Ehrenreich could not get himself elected as mayor, now he allows his gang of hooligans to start burning the city down. I wonder if it would have been the same if he did become mayor? Give them 18%, reduce the workforce by 50%, in order to afford it. Fewer incompetent idiots to deal with.

  • Nuri786 - 2011-08-16 13:26

    I think it is discusting that a person that is on strike have the right to hurt inocent by standers --they cannot meet your demads at all

  • mnbain - 2011-08-16 13:26

    6.08 Was a figure they agreed to in 2009, unless CPI was not between 5 and 10%, now because CPI is LOWER they demand MORE! They do not have the right to demand.

  • Jou - 2011-08-16 13:26

    USE LIVE AMMO!! like the good old days!!

      Zeek - 2011-08-16 13:37

      Dogs, Shamboks, rubber bullets and old faithful teargas.

      Nikki - 2011-08-16 13:46

      Jou neanderthal is back. You are entitled to your opinion........ unless we think its stupid.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:49

      teddy bears!!

      JerusalemJet - 2011-08-16 17:30

      Correct - A formation - die man in die geel hemp om elf uur by die rand van die skade - skiet ....

  • Jonathan Farrell - 2011-08-16 13:26

    A strike... OK, but to harm and steal in the process? For f**Ksakes, thats why nobody will ever listen to you stupid idoits when you carry on like a bunch of idiots and go looting vendors who are there to make an honest living

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:29

      You sound like you have issues. Talk to me, I am a trained psychologist. What else did you expect? dumb-ass

      daaivark - 2011-08-16 13:36

      HA HA. Trust me, I'm a doctor. Oh my.

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-08-16 13:36

      @Bokomo - Welcome. Always nice to see a new troll.

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:49

      @Unskinny - Thanks, it's a pleasure

      LorPol - 2011-08-16 14:09

      @Bokomo - your comments throughout this article confirm your lack of intelligence and criminal mind. What a fine example you set!

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 14:10

      @bokomo, u nuts hahahaha. @Jonathan, u probably need to take Bokomo's offer for a psych session. hahahahaaa @unskinny Bob... goaa change yo nappy its wet, hahaha

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 14:16

      @LorPol - eish, baas - daai woorde hy is groot.

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  • nic - 2011-08-16 13:29

    Why are these pieces of crap not getting arrested and locked up??? FFS

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 14:57

      because you can't put cuffs on pieces of crap...

  • K_za - 2011-08-16 13:31

    ANC supporters!!! Petrol is up is not a City of Cape Town problem. Food is up but 'Kill the Boer'!! You all need a good 'sjamboking'! 18%-is julle geTIK!? You steal from and beat up your own people---you are sick sick sick! Bunch of vigilante opportunists. F the lot of you.

      stephen scott - 2011-08-16 13:34

      spot on K

  • Cool Sunk - 2011-08-16 13:31

    17 years into democracy and yet the behaviour has not changed!!! Where is Julius and his capitalist approach...???

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 14:12

      17 years only, its still very early, london has been liberated for centuries, what do u think?

      Cool Sunk - 2011-08-16 14:15

      @ blanko - comparing our nation to another is not the approach. But then again pointless talking to a person with an empty head!!!

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 14:53

      @cool sunk, its not comparing. its called forecasting probability of occurrence based on incidents that are heterogeneous yet related . u need to do a bit of reading to feed yo sunk and hollow brain. Yo idiocy is not "Cool" at all.

  • K.W.F.L - 2011-08-16 13:33

    Does criminal acts not warrant jail time any more? Stealing from people that are just trying to make a honest living is barbaric!!

  • Nikki - 2011-08-16 13:35

    Once again... did no one see this coming? I cant laugh anymore.

      Airborne68 - 2011-08-16 13:55

      You should see Richard's Bay. There can't be more than 200 employees, but wait until strike day. Double that amount, just joining in for the sake of looting and breaking. Disgusting!

      Nikki - 2011-08-16 14:14

      Its just crazy i tell you.

      Nikki - 2011-08-16 14:23

      I think i must go steal cables and sell them in the meantime so i can get my point across to eskom that i want cheaper electricity. i think i should conduct periodic petrol pump heists to get my point across that im not willing to pay soooo much for fuel...i think i must quit my job and not pay taxes and instead start a fraudulent contracting company which manufactures fraudulent documentation neccassary for an operational S.A government.... and then strike because the government is not supporting my business venture to their utmost ability.

  • - 2011-08-16 13:35

    You have footage of those who have done wrong hold them financialy responsable or the union to stop the distructive and animal behaviour in the future.

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 14:46

      they all look the Zuma!

  • Truth24 - 2011-08-16 13:35

    Hey hey. What happened to shoot first, ask questions later?

      Virginia - 2011-08-16 16:08

      Cele is in hospital.

  • Kim - 2011-08-16 13:36

    What a contradiction. Here you have employed people striking because they want more money which they are not prepared to work harder for and then they go and destroy and steal from unemployed people who are trying desperately to feed their families by selling goods on the pavements!! These people do not have insurance to replace what has been stolen or damaged and most probably still need to pay for the goods which they now cannot sell.

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      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-08-16 13:55

      @point blank. Why are you stuttering?

  • Sleepazoid - 2011-08-16 13:38

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the ANC`s threats to make Cape Town ungovernable?

      Point Blank - 2011-08-16 13:44

      You think?!

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 14:47

      Collect R200 bucks and move on!!

  • Cupcake - 2011-08-16 13:40

    I don't get it they looted and were violent first and THEN went and handed over their demands? Surely, you try and talk first, write letters, set up meetings and THEN if government still refuses an increase our of sheer frustration and as a last resort (Im not saying it is right but if you feel it's the only way you will be heard) THEN you turn to the streets and protest, quietly and without harming other people?

  • jan.jordaan1 - 2011-08-16 13:41

    and then they claim they love this country right????

  • izzy - 2011-08-16 13:41

    Really ridicules!!!!! 18 % increase, Shit why don’t you just open the reserve bank so they can take their own salaries every month …. The sad thing is that if you know what they earn in the municipality you will wonder why they go on strike for more. But then there is a lovely example: Give someone a pinky and they will take the whole hand. The Retail industry and cleaning industry earn much less and they actually work. I see different salary slips monthly and Guess who lives above the income line? THEY ARE ALL STRIKING AT THE MOMENT !!!!

  • Common_Sense - 2011-08-16 13:43

    I would say give them the 18% and then tell them the bill for damage is coming out of their salaries. Pretty logical approach and I'm sure they will think twice next time. Or take the hard line view and cancel negotiations altogether.

  • Bazzpete - 2011-08-16 13:43

    WTF! - why steal from street vendors? Bunch of f.... aholes! Deserve to be fired on the spot and these wan... s expect sympathy for their cause?

  • Point Blank - 2011-08-16 13:44

    It's revenge time for Tony, he is still sooo bitter he got wiped out during elections...

  • abg100 - 2011-08-16 13:45

    Ever wondered why there is so much violence in cape town? ANOTHER COSATU/UNION/ANC ploy to make DA territory ungovernable! Unions have the right to strike-they should be responsible for damages. AFTER ALL ITS CONSTITUTIONALLY INCORRECT TO DAMAGE SOMEONE ELSES PROPERTY. Or does this only apply to the chosen few?

  • Mercury01 - 2011-08-16 13:46

    Just came from lunch and i saw the strikers all over Voortrekker rd in Parow CT.I just think their behaviour is disgusting.

      Virginia - 2011-08-16 16:11

      Whe the strike is over, who is going to clean the streets, the strikers, who else.

  • Dan - 2011-08-16 13:46

    Shoot the animals!

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 14:48

      Actually Dan, animals know how to behave!

      Cire - 2011-08-17 10:51

      I agree with Kenno - animals do not behave like striking workers in SA.