Striking census workers' homes raided

2011-11-02 13:18

Durban - Police have confiscated 89 boxes of Census questionnaires from striking workers in KwaZulu-Natal, a Statistics SA official said on Wednesday.

"Police swooped on five homes in the Durban area on Tuesday night, targeting homes of field workers and supervisors refusing to hand in questionnaires," spokesperson Sivuyile Mangxamba said.

Census workers in Durban downed tools on Monday, complaining they were paid less than their counterparts in other provinces. Stats SA denied the claim.

The workers withheld completed questionnaires, using them as leverage to demand more money.

Mangxamba said three census field workers were suspended by Stats SA after the raid. He said no-one had been arrested.

Mangxamba said the Statistician General, Pali Lehohla, had asked the police to help to recover thousands of completed census questionnaires.

He said they would not hesitate to institute criminal proceedings against field staff who withheld questionnaires.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-02 13:28

    I guess that will explain why only 97 % of homes were counted - NOT ...

      rbphiri - 2011-11-02 13:39

      Now they will be counting inmates behind bars.

      RPhiri - 2011-11-02 14:01

      The moral of the story is never "count" on a man in a yellow suit. The colour is a dead give away of an official member of the union of banana republicans.

  • soulsister - 2011-11-02 13:30

    I got the impression that a lot of census workers were unemployed and if that is the case, they have learned from the best. Pathetic as usual. Not even grateful to earn a bit of extra cash.

  • Ulvenkai - 2011-11-02 13:32

    Wow.. I love the twisted sense of entitlement in South Africa by those who need work the most!

      Willie - 2011-11-02 13:37


      Juan - 2011-11-02 14:22

      This must be the best quote of the day.

  • Theresa - 2011-11-02 13:33

    Wow..holding census forms 'hostage'.Throw these guys in jail for hampering the process.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-02 13:51

      That's nothing, julius has been holding stupidity hostage in his brain for years...No 1 is willing to pay the randsome.

      Silvana - 2011-11-02 14:10

      @RPhiri lmfao. I couldn't have put it better myself.

      Steve - 2011-11-02 15:10

      @RPhiri... there's nothing in his worth paying for! there's nothing in his head! Period!

  • Susan - 2011-11-02 13:35

    We have got a lot of people working for us and most of them havent been counted, in some cases forms were dropped off and never picked up again.In one newspapers polls about 25% says they havent been counted...97% - I dont think so!

  • Michelle - 2011-11-02 13:36

    This census was a definite FAIL!!! There is no way the stats are going to be correct!! I still haven't been counted!!

      Thulebona - 2011-11-02 13:43

      you are one in a million... there, you've been counted!

  • Bryan - 2011-11-02 13:36

    Play it again Sam..!! What a joke..!!!

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  • Peter - 2011-11-02 13:40

    Cant they do anything right

      Boris - 2011-11-02 13:53


  • Boris - 2011-11-02 13:40

    they kept the forms at home? maybe selling the (confidential) info to their cronies. are they also going to be charged in court like the guys in pretoria who didnt want to be counted?

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-02 13:48

      This is axactly the issue. Your listed appliances will now be distributed amongst the 'entitled' many. Goodbye toaster.

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-11-02 13:55

      The other issue is, now they know, like in my case, I have two small kids at home...

      Kala - 2011-11-02 16:09

      Good point JohnnyBGood. If the information is supposed to be classified and the enumerators were employed by Stats SA then surely there is grounds for litigation.

  • theadomm - 2011-11-02 13:47

    You can either phone them or email them I think if you haven't been counted and they will make an appointment with you. It was on the news last night. Go check out their web page.

      janine.cronje - 2011-11-02 14:39

      That's not really the point... But thanks for the info

  • jack.kukard - 2011-11-02 13:50

    Nothing gets done properly in africa......

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-12 20:34

      You are absolutely right, Nothing does get done properly!

  • Allen - 2011-11-02 13:51

    3 Billion Rand of taxpayers'money spent on what?

      janine.cronje - 2011-11-02 14:44

      On people pretending to do their work, dragging their feet, checking out your posessions so when they become unemployed again they have an income from their stolen goods!

  • Grant - 2011-11-02 13:58

    my question is what were they doing before the census???? cause as far as i know they werent employed.. so they dont have work,, then get work and then go on strike straight away.. ja thats SA work force for you.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2011-11-02 13:59

    Another circus episode completed. Unfortunatly this enterainment fees is quite hard on the taxpayers budget.

  • Henry - 2011-11-02 13:59

    What a comical land we live in.

  • WoodhillGolfer - 2011-11-02 13:59

    I watched a group of census workers sorting through forms laid out in the dust at the side of the road between two vehicles on Monday evening. The forms were scattered all around the cars, literally lying in the dust. Way to go!

      StarStruck - 2011-11-02 14:13

      It would have made some sense to call the police at that time. But with the total lack of confidence the people have for law and order it would'nt surprise me if you did'nt.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-02 14:08

    And they all cry about unemployment.

  • Deone Wardle - 2011-11-02 14:08

    Wonderful job STATS SA!!??????

  • jc.smit - 2011-11-02 14:08

    How can you strike if you have contract work for a month? Obviously they knew what they will get paid before hand and when they signed the contract? Do they want a raise after every week?

  • braamc - 2011-11-02 14:18

    Charge and arrest the fu*cken lazy bastards. They are good for nothing

  • gail.joyce2 - 2011-11-02 14:20

    oh for goodness sake! What next?

  • Anakin - 2011-11-02 14:22

    It's the culture of DEMAND this and DEMAND that,whilst the ordinary citizen got threatened with R10k fine if they chose not to co-operate.We were finally counted, I just wonder if ONE census form can represent a whole family it means 89x boxes thus represent a significant number of people.Who is Stats SA going to threaten this time? We DEMAND....

  • Chris - 2011-11-02 14:23

    It's SA Logic to bite the hand that feeds you!! Not surprised at all if the rate of robbery's in the Durban area increased. These people probably sold the information to criminals for extra cash....

  • braamc - 2011-11-02 14:23

    Go sit in your box home for you to lazy and ungrateful to work. I have also not been counted, not now not never. Just an extension of this pathetic criminal, lazy and incompetent government

      Albert - 2011-11-02 14:28

      I wonder how much of the R3b was used for the census?

  • Adair - 2011-11-02 14:39

    Temporary workers going on strike?Now I have heard everything.

      davieoosie - 2011-11-02 15:23

      Sorry, but there is more to come Adair. Watch this space.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-02 14:58

    man this is messed up is there nothing sacred in SA anymore

  • Clive - 2011-11-02 20:50

    Walking around my neighbourhood, and based on the census stickers on gates and letter boxes, I would say only about 50 % of houses have been counted.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-03 16:41

    What a bunch of tools!

  • charles.everett.754 - 2012-10-30 08:07

    What cencus!!!!

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