Vavi rushes off 'to prevent another Marikana'

2012-09-19 15:57

Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has rushed out of the Cosatu congress to intervene in a wildcat strike at a Carletonville gold mine to try and prevent “another Marikana”.

On Wednesday afternoon, Vavi announced that he would leave with National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana to go to Gold Fields' Driefontein mine near Carletonville where management has obtained an interdict to fire 15 000 workers by tomorrow.

The workers have been on a wildcat strike for 10 days now for, among others, better wages.

Vavi told reporters: "We can't allow another Marikana situation to move from Impala [platinum] to gold. And that is why we feel we must take our chance to see if we can resolve this situation today."

Vavi, who has avoided intervening in recent mine conflicts personally, said workers have been in touch with Cosatu earlier in the day, asking for intervention.

His intervention followed the 22% wage rise agreed between Lonmin management and Marikana miners yesterday, without the Cosatu-affiliated NUM.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was at the Driefontein Goldfields mine last Tuesday, where he told miners to strike for a R12 500 wage and where he called for the NUM leadership to step down.

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-09-19 16:03

    Ooh AMCU has got you running!

      deicide - 2012-09-19 16:38

      he is going to be running around alot,just a matter of time before this spills into other sectors

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-19 16:50

      South Africa's mining crisis so far: Since they came to power,the ANC,has been diverting the country's natural resources from the production sector through its silly tax system for government consumption and government salaries.Thar means that South Africa's private sector has had no funds to invest in anythng else. The nominal tax burden or government income tax,is 27%.However you have to pay for lets say private security,while you at the same time is already paying taxes for the police service,which means you actually paying 43% of your income into the tax system in South Africa as an example. The ANC government has been taxing the South African economy to fund its own people's salary spending,building up their so-called black middle class through the state sector and which is getting highly paid incomes. Germany's Angela Merkel earns less money than any of the South African ministers and mayors it was said yesterday.The black elite class or cadres in South Africa had been enriching themselves at the expense of South Africa's production sector and now these miners like every other STRIKER wants a share of all that.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-19 17:06

      Seems like the miners have COSATU by the short and curlies too know.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-19 18:01

      @Claudia_Meads, your comments are deeply disturbing, as black person I can't take your insults anymore! Critise the system, condemn corruption but is it necessary to be racial about it? You have shocking racial stereotypes about blacks! You're an intelligent woman, but you not wise. Try to be a responsible citizen for a change instead.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-19 18:47

      @Claudia_Meads I see news24 has removed your earlier comment in which you said all africans are braindead.Whether or not you realize it,but your post and articles are considerd tasteless and racist by some even if you think it might be factual. So a word of advice:Try to tune it down a little bit will you.Oh and please we white South Africans also see ourselves as africans,not just black people,so does that mean that we are just as braindead in your opinion?

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-19 18:54

      Did he drive there in his R1.3m BMW 760Li?

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-19 20:46

      lebeau.harper,, Thanks for your honesty (btw the 'reverse psychology' may work on rock drill operators that take 'bullets-bounce-off-you-muti' - here you will encounter a lineage that took man to the moon - so you may want to reconsider). Here is one more bit of inconvenient truth for you to nibble on (ie while there is still something to nibble on in SA): The ANC has only one thing to offer - i.e. A MAJORITY. It has NOTHING else to offer. It has zero aptitude, zero competence, zero vision, zero results, zero morality and zero leadership, it only has a majority... O, wait, I forgot, it has the weight as well - viz they are FAT. I guess Lindiwe 'Big Elephant' Mazibuko simply wanted to fit into the fattest parliament on earth - albeit she failed, she is not FAT AND STUPID. At least she tries...

  • geswine.matroos.3 - 2012-09-19 16:06

    shoot him

      rbphiri - 2012-09-19 16:36

      JuliArse and the sunday rapist should share a cell

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-09-19 17:10

      you another idiot scumbag

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-19 17:14

      RPhiri, Brilliant idea, my darling.., they will soon be singing from the same hymnbook.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-09-19 17:47

      That's your belongs in the 18th Century.

  • graeme.aitken.545 - 2012-09-19 16:06

    Remember PASS one PASS increase for one means an increase for all....Marikana style. Investors are pulling out, wake up South Africa

      Jaap - 2012-09-19 17:00

      Lesetjam: Today the so called “Previously disadvantaged” demand ownership of things or events already founded or invented through the intellectual capacity and hard work of the "White oppressors". It is fact that they deprive industrious men and woman of their hard-earned benefits under the concealment of affirmative action, black empowerment and employment equity! It is thus common course that they cannot achieve on their own, they must wait for the oppressors to develop or create industry, educational institutions and many other businesses and then take ownership of these amenities purely by means of their numbers instead of intellectual capacity and hard work. They are robbing us of our intellectual and moral leadership by overwhelming us with their ever increasing and uncontrolled numbers, draining our hard-earned reserves in the name of “freedom”, “equality” and humanity. Do not allow the words “Humanity” “freedom” and “equality” to confuse or blur your vision and emotions. No, humanity it is not for they are acting like inherent parasites!

      yung.shlong - 2012-09-19 17:22

      tshililo.siobo you are fool! We are peaceful nation and wish to work with government to address socialism issues in mining sector. We care for worker.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-19 17:28

      @lesetjam, SPELLS INVESTOR.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-19 17:45

      @Jaap, you are a waste of brains! Sadly, I'm certain that these are the teachings your children are subjected to. For as long as people like you continue to preach this distorted message about our attempts to address, reverse and try to balance to the ineqaulities created by apartheid, social cohesion and unity shall remain a pipe dream. It saddens me to learn that there are people like you who leave and walk side by side with us at malls, churches, universities and boardrooms yet they think so little of blacks! You think blacks do not posses any intellectual capacity??? What an insult! SAD!

      gary.smith.rsa - 2012-09-19 19:38

      @beki, you can criticise jaap all you like, but his reaction is the natural response to a racist policy. you can call it a redress of the past imbalance but it is an open-ended racist policy that is feeding general racism in south africa. i have no problems about redressing imbalances but this should be aimed at primary education, tertiary education, skills development, targeted entrepreneurial skill development and so on.

      nathaniel.kgokong.3 - 2012-09-20 09:05

      @jaap you are a waste of time that is all that i can say to u

  • themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-19 16:08

    Only now that you have been re-elected you feel you need to step up to the game, nc nc nc nc, opportunist

  • Chikane - 2012-09-19 16:11

    How did Vavi rush, cause his visibility is impaired? Hope he didn't loose them glasses! Malema got this guys on their toes! Good one Bloody Agent!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-19 16:12

    He should tell them to go back to work, but will he?

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-09-19 16:13

    It is not healthy to run after you ate lots of food

  • billy.mamba.3 - 2012-09-19 16:15

    mineworkers work so extremly hard so they deserve a proper salary

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-19 16:18

      It is better to use legal protected ways to get a better pay. Tomorrow 15 000 may be without a job.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-09-19 16:18

    Who knows, perhaps he will try to enlighten the striking workers re the concept of collective bargaining and ask them to honour the agreements already in place, agreements that the Unions were instrumental in negotiating and agreeing to

  • Rafels1 - 2012-09-19 16:20

    And so suddenly, ten days later, he rushes... Why the rush, all of a sudden?

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-19 16:32

      somehow he is realising that NUM messed things up as the marikana miners got the increase without NUM's assistnace. so member will definetely leave the union, and I would too if I were their member.

  • appealtoreason.rationalmind - 2012-09-19 16:31

    Mine owners need to wake up. Marikana shows the way and others are following. If you can't pay living wages don't pay exorbitant executive salaries, don't pay out huge profits to shareholders. Enough is enough.

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-19 16:32

    saw this coming a mile away

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-19 16:34

    Profits for COSATU (Pty)Ltd seems to be in danger. Run Vavi Run.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-19 16:36

    whether we like it or not, MArikana saga has started a revolution, 1 all the miners will demand 12000+ salary, 2. the workers now realises that cosatu is as useless and the anc and they are able to do it for themselves and finally cosatu leadership should wake up and smell the coffee, being re-elected doesnt mean you did a good work only that they avoided a split in cosatu. personally i lost hope in cosatu affiliated unios long time ago and now im running with the indipendant!

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-19 16:39

    the management is good at firing workers if firing is not working they will kill them for protesting for better salary,i can't believe that the apartheid system is still working in a democratic country.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-19 16:39

    Is this the beginning of the end of capitalistic monopoly over the poor workers??

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-19 16:40

    Vavi, now you are doing what you are gtting paid to do..instead of warming your hot chair and surfing porn all day

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-19 17:29

      Maseko, you sit and surf porn the whole day and you think everyone else is as sick as you are?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-09-19 17:48

      Just another black wonna be white.

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-19 16:48

    What percentage increase is it really? At the beginning Lonmin and CoM claimed rock drill operators (RDO's)already earn between R8000 and R12000, whilst miners claimed they earned a mere R4000. Now my basic arithmetic says 22% increase applied to R4k would yield R4 880 So clearly someone is lying because if the RDO's will now earn R11 078 the base was higher than R4k. Media you've been playing the miners' card now pls explain.

      FinalJustice - 2012-09-19 17:13

      Right you are @Mike.n time for these f@ckers to learn that maths can be a bitch. The precedent has now been set, Lonmin offered 22% so why should miners elsewhere except anything less (unless you're in Zim, of course, there they only got 7.5%). Whatever. It's obviously too hard for union reps to grasp the ripple-effect of a simple percentage increase when it starts escalating into a 4-dimensional matrix equation that influences the cost of basic foodstuffs and the cost of living.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-19 16:49

    now i can c MALEMA hs bcom VAVI's role mo\r\nModel

  • Kalari - 2012-09-19 16:52

    But is'nt this guy SUPPOSED to be involved in wildcat strikes. Why after 10 DAYS he is now rushing in. As far i know wage negotiations and problems ALWAYS involve the union.

  • - 2012-09-19 17:22

    Run Vavi Run!! But its too late to protect the image of Num,Num will die a natural death and who to blame now,cause workers got what they wanted?,Frans Baleni told Media that the demand is too high and lonmin can't meet that demand! All Num leadersship Must step down its over with them

      lehlohonolo.thamae - 2012-09-19 22:51

      look at what they have achieved who is this Frans Lonmin has met the demands of the workers now what does he got to say to that? Now i foresee that now num leaders are part an parcel of the management

  • mzoxolo.boyana - 2012-09-19 17:28

    Iyho, malema you are the boss...

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-19 17:29

    Vavi you should have called Chief Julius Malema not that useless president of NUM!

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-09-19 17:40

    I support vavi on this case,He is way better than any other comrade.big up vavi

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-19 17:40

    \Vavi rushes off 'to prevent another Marikana'. I guess my understanding of rushes off is either deeply flawed or the headline is deliberately misleading. The wildcat strike is reportedly started 10 days ago, isn't it? Either Vavi was hiding under the rock 10 days ago or has buried his head in the sand or both. A bad precedent was set at Marikana so let's wait and see how the politicians masquerading as unionists are going to pull this one out!

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-19 18:02

    @Claudia_Meads, your comments are deeply disturbing, as black person I can't take your insults anymore! Critise the system, condemn corruption but is it necessary to be racial about it? You have shocking racial stereotypes about blacks! You're an intelligent woman, but you not wise. Try to be a responsible citizen for a change instead.

  • nick.tarr.39 - 2012-09-19 18:16

    @beki : She didnt mention blacks once. She said miners... Funny how the racist people always see things through race coloured glasses. Take a good long look at yourself before pointing fingers son.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-20 08:16

      Nick, are you aware that News24 has removed her(Claudea_Meads) comment where she said Africans are brainwashed etc. In her view, it seems that white South Africans are not Africans. Secondly the miners that just got a raise, she says they will use the money for alcohol and prostitutes! I ask you, did you see a single white miner during the protests? Who is she referring to in this instance? Before you respond to people's comments Nick, ensure that you objectively analyse their comments. You're not black, I am! Therefore you have absolutely no right to tell me what I should find offensive or not! Frankly F#CK OFF!

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-09-19 19:12

    When Malema said he will nationalise the mine and put them back in the hands of the workers you laughed it him and called him a fat @ss idiot. I knew this fatboy was dangerous because he is playing with the emotions of the poor and the suffering. Watch this space... there is still more to come!!!

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-09-19 20:26

    That country is already headed the same path of Zims. It has begun and will escalate. If you choose to remain in SA you are going to get what you deserve. Seems none of you can see the writing on the wall or choose to ignore the obvious as long as you have your Braaivleis, Rugby, Sunny skies and Chevrolet it's all that matters. Hijackings, family murders and rape happens only to other people right!. Brace for the HELL en Route. ENJOY it Jappies becasue you all deserve one another over there lol.

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-09-20 07:48

    Vavi is excited at being re-lected, why did'nt he nitervene in the previous strikes. He was still afraid of his position. He can not tell ANC structures to follow in Cosatu example. There is no leadership in Cosatu, they have failed the mine workers. Workers were killed in Marikana in the presence of Cosatu.They did nothing, but they have been re-elected. The ANC Pololokwane leadership has failed ANC and people of South Africa. Does Vavi suggest that we must do the same and keep them for their own personal benefit, no we can't. Leaders of the ANC are given a five year term to lead and after five year a new leadership is lected. When the term comes to an end, nobody can say it is conspiracy. And nobody can say people should exceed the constitutional term of the ANC to mantain unity, unity for what when term expires. It doesn't make sense. These people should thank ANC branches for giving them a priveledge to lead for the past five years.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-09-20 08:30

    He is being pressured by the mine bosses,not the workers! Whose interests does he represent? Viva malema viva!!!!

  • makgale.makgalemele - 2012-09-20 08:49

    Claudia is a racist like all of us! People of the earth are not the same anyway. Is there any good that we Africans (Blacks ) can offer, except killing each other? Stealing from each other. Give an example of Black leader ( African ) who is doing good for his people. Of course, you are right Claudia we are "braindead". Burning books? Poor delivery of other services. Visit our ( Blacks ) Taxi ranks and tell if we are not "brain dead". How does a racist Claudia becomes responsible citizen in this irresponsible environment created by our ANC gorvenment. Claudia you are right Africa is dead.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-20 09:58

      You are such a sad soul! You an insult to a black man(that's if you are black). You have no pride, nothing! You label yourself a a murderer, a criminal just because of your skin colour? Even under democracy you're still bound by the chains of oppression! PLEASE go and by Steve Biko's I Write What I Like and READ it, it will move your closer to freedom from this mental slavery you are in. Black man have some pride please! If you don't respond respect yourself, how will those around you respect you? African leaders: I give one example, Joyce Banda! Have you seen what she's doing for her government?

  • claudevn - 2012-09-20 09:19

    I was about to say, does nobody see the pattern?! where this c#$%t goes, chaos follows... will somebody please follow through and keep this fat boy Malema busy with his own issues... the corruption, ta evasion etc... seriously people...

  • mmuponisim - 2012-09-20 15:36

    educated or not. The marikana people got exactly what they deserved. Viva malema viva.

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