Striking truckers storm Park Station - report

2012-09-26 15:22

Johannesburg - Striking truck drivers on Wednesday stormed their way into Park Station, according to Eye Witness News (EWN).

Hundreds of striking drivers had earlier gathered Beyers Naudé Square in the Johannesburg city centre, before storming the station, EWN said.

Leaders of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) had asked the group to disperse from the square.

According to EWN, axe- and panga-wielding strikers had earlier begun attacking working drivers on the N2 Highway in Cleveland, East of Johannesburg

"All the transport vehicles are being stoned. The protesters are running around with pangas and axes," a witness told the website.

Incidents of intimidation and violence against working truck drivers have been reported mostly on Gauteng's East Rand.

Meanwhile, Sapa reported that the Satawu vowed to intensify the strike in the road freight transport sector in a bid to get the employers to the negotiating table.

"All parties have reached a deadlock and none of them are participating in any talks at the moment," said spokesperson Vincent Masoga in a statement.

"We will use this opportunity to mobilise all our members and encourage them to unite in a clear purpose of putting as much pressure as possible for the employers to revert back to the negotiations table."

The strike over wages by more than 20 000 workers continued on Wednesday with unions reverting to a 12% pay demand after rejecting a lower offer by employers.

Workers in the sector embarked on a protected strike on Monday after wage negotiations deadlocked.

Masoga said the union intended to "ignite" other strikes in the maritime and freight rail industries, in solidarity with the current strike, to ensure no goods were moved until the road freight workers' demands were met.

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  • nikondaniel - 2012-09-26 15:24

    Shoot to kill.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 15:32

      wheres the police that handled marikana? come boys bring that live ammunition.

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-09-26 15:34

      Not the answer. I believe the problem is far deeper than wages. With un-controlled and blatant pillaging by our leaders, the country and its people will simply follow. Killing will cause more resentment and revengeful violence. - 2012-09-26 15:42

      I wonder if they ever feel ashamed of their barbaric actions.

      TheDifference - 2012-09-26 15:42

      Fking animals. Marikana set the precident of illegal strikes and pangas and axes, bring an indusrty to their knees and demand demand demand. Useless bunch of oxygen wasters!

      customdesign - 2012-09-26 15:43

      No, these bastards are holding our country to ransom, they should not get away with it. Shoot the bastards, it worked at Marikana and it will work here. If the cops had not shot them I guarantee the violence would have increased.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 15:44

      i actually disagree kawasaki.there is no negotiating with a violent angry aggressive mob like this.i have personally seen it. a negotiation is where 2 parties sit at a table and talk.these guys intimidate,murder,destroy property but to name a few. they need to be taught a valuable lesson that one cannot run amok and call it negotiation,especially when lives and property is at risk. teach the buggers a lesson.

      mart.botha - 2012-09-26 15:52

      Any thoughts on the 'third force' that is behind this irrational behaviour? A protestor wielding a panga, who storms at armed police/civilians/security guards, is committing suicide. This must be made quite clear upfront. The ConCourt must be asked to rule on this a.s.a.p. so that these idiots realise that by their foolish actions they are jeopardising the future of their NIL Insurance payout for suicide.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-09-26 15:53

      Agree. These drivers are a menace even when they are not striking. They think they own the road driving aroung in heir massive trucks with no regard for other driver. - 2012-09-26 15:57

      No more hope, your options: Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan... Total incompatibility in SA, 1 group ill-disciplined, violent and criminal the other group visionary, disciplined and hardworking, I cannot see how these 2 extremes can ever unite, they differ like night and day.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-09-26 16:07

      Typical African mentality or is it their culture. Nothing peaceful

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-26 15:26

    Trying to stop the trains now?

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-09-26 16:45

      Not much trains to stop if you ask me.... :-)

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-26 15:29

    The rule of law Zuma! The rule of LAW!!! Bwahahahahahahaha!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-26 15:30

    Marikana legacy!We are seeing nothing less than SAVAGERY and ANARCHY.This is Cosatu trying to regain 'legitimacy'.F..k the country!And good old Zzzz..welanzami is MIA!Where is Zuma?Lecturing the UN on 'non delivery'.Are we on the edge of madness?

  • zvreenen - 2012-09-26 15:38

    It would make a spectacular "Splatter Bonus" if they go and play on the tracks, Trainmageddon Jhb. And it would make better stories. then the strikers can "Stormed Stormed" the tracks.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-09-26 15:39

    What is it with these people? We are expected to respect their right to strike - which most of us do - but they have no respect for the rule of law, nor for the rights of others who wish to go about their daily business in peace and safety. The police must treat these thugs with the same lack of respect. Start by disarming them; where else in the world do strikers gather with spears, pangas and knives - and sometimes guns? This useless government must stop grovelling before the unions and their undisciplined members, and start governing - if they know how.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-26 15:43

      It shows everyone the true nature of these savage beasts...

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-26 15:40

    Horde : Wave 2

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-26 15:40

    ...after storming into park station 'Oh,pardon us,we thought this was a truck station'...

      allison.steedman - 2012-09-26 17:53

      You do understand that this is a TRANSPORT workers strike and not a truck driver strike? You do understand that trains are also transport?

  • dawie.vanstaden1 - 2012-09-26 15:41

    Please!!!!!!!!!!! where is the TV cameras from SKY, CNN, BBC, Al JAZEERA, let the world see with what kind of people we have to live in South Africa....

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-26 16:27

      If only the rest of the world could see this, they'd understand why there was apartheid to begin with!

  • acm.munro - 2012-09-26 15:43

    Lonmin opened a can of worms - where will it end? What must the rest of the world think of us? That we are all like those strikers? After all, its all they see on their TV screens these last few weeks ...

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-26 16:15

      i really doubt it, did you know people in my neighborhood didn't know about marikana?

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-26 21:47

      The reality is that, since the Mandela days, the rest of the world doesn't really give a toss about SA, and sees us as just another African disaster in the making.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-26 15:45

    Lawlessness ,shoot the first 300 armed strikers and end the lawlessness or do you want us to take the law into our hands?

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-09-26 16:37

      Better yet. Outlaw ALL strikes and ALL unions, and replace the union with an independent labour tribunal, accessible to workers FREE OF CHARGE.

  • alan.cargen - 2012-09-26 15:49

    These guys are so stupid. Stopping trucks from supplying food to stores, means they wont get food in their spaza shops or a salary..!

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-26 15:50

    Where is Sdumo now, last week when Amcu was doing exactly in Marikana he came out attacking them and now SATAWU members are doing the same he is quiet how hypoctric of him - he comments when it suits him, why is he quiet or maybe he is somewhere honeymooning after being re-elected President of Cosatu? *one cant stop wondering why there unions after all*

      Willie - 2012-09-26 16:48

      Were is Vavi now,SATAWU is one naughty child

  • homith.hooseria - 2012-09-26 15:53

    One Violent Striker, One Bullet !

  • spookhuis - 2012-09-26 15:53

    "All the transport vehicles are being stoned. The protesters are running around with pangas and axes," so were the police really that wrong at Marikana?????

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-09-26 16:13

      Hope they do the right thing again. Should have done it already.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-26 15:54

    and after the mines, it will be the truck drivers. Thereafter the municipal workers. then retail. then ... then ... surprised? not likely. set the precedence by bending to violent pressure, and bear the consequences.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-26 15:54

    Time for former defense force members to start planning there strategy. The government cannot protect us.

  • thembisa.ombinda - 2012-09-26 15:54

    Un-bloody-believable!! These uncontrolled strikes are becoming a huge problem. No union should be allowed to organise a strike unless if they can guarantee safety i.e ensuring visible policing. This is becoming crazy.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-26 15:57

    Keep all former South Africans overseas informed of what is happening. The international community must know what is happening in this country that is falling apart.

      tich.makalisa - 2012-09-26 16:39

      You're all wellcome in Zim.I have some good mates called Croucamp in Chinoyi in Zim!Seems better than this place at the moment.

      customdesign - 2012-09-26 17:10

      Whatever you do, don't panic

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-27 19:37

      Thanks mainly to those bleeding hearts overseas.....

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-26 16:00

    I thought that dangerous weapons were to be banned in future, or were they only banned afterwards at Marikana? My traditional weapon as a Boer is a rifle, may I protest with it?

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-09-26 16:07

    Nows the time to travel! No big lorries on the road.. Bring the goods train back again !!!!

      yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-09-26 16:08

      Use goods train as we did years ago !!

  • michael.gibson.3720190 - 2012-09-26 16:08

    If striking in this country continues at the present rate, our economy will crash in a year.. I have no doubt. No money, no business, no work. Can someone please explain this to these people!

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-09-26 16:12

    Where is the Army/????? I thought that the Army was going to be called in in the event of civil disobedience???? This is way out of hand.

  • marie.delarey - 2012-09-26 16:12

    If I were the President I would BAN all unions for at least 5yrs. Our economy is suffering & cannot take anymore of this abuse! Soon there will be NO JOBS - then what?

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-09-26 16:14

    It’s a shame when we live in a country with huge unemployment rate that we still have the unskilled and semi-skilled labour force demanding such unsustainable wage increases. Even if the employers give into such demands, majority of these employers are within the service sector industry and for them to accommodate such hugely overinflated increases, this would inevitable trickle down to the man in the street thereby pushing up the cost of living for all with the hardest hit being the poor. The sad part would be that our dearest Government would be the ultimate winner in this scenario cause governments tax revenue would increase be in from Corporate Tax, PAYE to VAT and the very people that’s now striking would be caught in the same conundrum as the rest of us thereby not making them any more financially secure than what they were prior to demanding such huge increases…………it’s a vicious circle we live in…………ever wondered how South Africa’s Cost of living got to where it is today? Why our finance Minister is so optimistic that reaching a trillion rand collection revenue with a years time is within sight…….

      Nads - 2012-09-26 16:49

      Well said Riad!! I wish everybody could see this!

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-26 16:19

    Unacceptable. Hope the employers don't budge for these holigans and the police eradicate this scum. Give the jobs to people willing to behave like human beings.

  • Erna - 2012-09-26 16:23

    Why are the police and army not controlling this or are they only there to shoot miners?

  • martin.fisher.5494 - 2012-09-26 16:30

    The Unionised mob knows no sense of responsibility. The bigger the mob, the more certain they become about the correctness of their agenda. ‘Mobilisation’ really means increasing the pressure on employers, regardless of the economic implications. When the unionised mob marches, the foolish, ignorant and envious are freed from their insignificance and powerlessness, they are possessed by an unconscious brutality and directionless anger. They know not they are being used and abused. Just another sadness that is South Africa.

      customdesign - 2012-09-26 17:11

      know not... they do not know- what is this, a medieval speech?

  • allan.grant.142 - 2012-09-26 16:30

    Start by shooting the head of the union and work your way down. U will soon see no one will want take the job and all prob will be solved as I think most of these poor bastards are to stupid to make the call them selves

  • alan.roberts.372 - 2012-09-26 16:30

    And should you add up the IQ on display here, you will probably get a negative !

  • JR.Ramns - 2012-09-26 16:37

    I am black and having the economy and family to worry about, I agree with 'Shoot to kill and that we are not only uncivilised but indicating that we have not clue about Economics". Those who need more money must take up courses and be promoted or leave the Industry for a better pay. Who will work if everybody is rich?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-26 16:42

    When strikers come armed, negotiations should be shelved until the strikers go home and return unarmed. This will send the message for future strikers. If they become unruly then negiations get extended by 5 to 10 days until strike peacefully.

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-26 16:55

    this happened just by our offices and it was epic, they are like blady animals! i can tell you tomorrow is only gonna be worse, the poilce are blady useless and the only way this country is gonna get back it feet is by using force, these bastards need to be shot if they do these things, i watched them run on the highway and throw stones at trucks and not only that also cars, innocent people are been harmed by these animal and we must suffer cause of them! i myself struggle to live month to month to support my family but i dont run around damaging property and acting like a animal! we the people need to start taking actions into our own hands, i cant rely on this government anymore! they are just here to make sure they get paid and to take advantage of their positions, please people vote for better and not because of a promise, vote what is right for the country!

  • Nads - 2012-09-26 16:59

    I love how News24 just randomly deletes posts at will.

      acm.munro - 2012-09-26 17:09

      I am puzzled by this too ... earlier, after somebody commented that the cash in transit truck drivers must strike too, I replied to say that we all think we ought to earn more, pointing out what would happen if everybody had to strike ... and to my amazement, his and my comments are just gone .. disappeared into thin air ... somebody out there with an explanation??

      acm.munro - 2012-09-26 17:13

      Further to my above comment. Earlier today somebody else posted an interest comment on the high number of people we need in SA to do a job, like fixing a road, etc ... supplying the number of people needed to do the same job in Aus, far less of course ... and his comment has also disappeared!!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-09-26 17:08

    We are gunning for the other Marikana disaster here and I know strikers would always be defended by Malema. Lawlessness and desrespect of the non-participant members seem to have risen in SA. The arrest and prosecution of these pangas and axes wielding protesters would reduce these misfortunes.

  • gembleton1 - 2012-09-26 17:22

    and the economy declines even further, idiots when your companies close down because they can`t afford your demands any further then you will have no work and also no pay .

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-09-26 18:27

    I went to Standard Bank atm today in Longbeach Mall (Far South Cape Town)and withdrawals are dwindling. Signs up at atms say due to SATAWU strike. So YES the cash in transits are ALSO affected. Sick!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-26 19:04

    Im sorry but the things are savages,amen,and that i dont think will ever change.

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