ANCWL slams Cosatu's 'sexism and racism'

2012-05-17 14:15

Johannesburg - ANC Women's League president Angie Motshekga has criticised the "sexist and racist" insults of Cosatu members towards DA leader Helen Zille and parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Cosatu members said during Tuesday's DA protest in Johannesburg over a youth wage subsidy that they wanted to "strip Zille naked". They called Mazibuko "the madam's sidekick".

Several female Democratic Alliance supporters who took part in the march were injured as a result of rough treatment by Cosatu men.

Motshekga told Beeld on Wednesday that the DA had provoked Cosatu, and that it would have been better for them to march to a government department. The government made policy, while Cosatu only had opinions.

"However, Cosatu should not have behaved in such a militant fashion. It would have been better for them to simply accept the memorandum," Motshekga was quoted saying.

"What worries me more, is the sexism and racism that emerged. As an advocate of women's rights, this upsets me. It's unacceptable, and people should desist from this kind of thing.

"It's the same reprimand we've always given Julius Malema and the youth league concerning Zille - focus on her politics, not on her as a woman. Leave her sex and her race out of it."

  • Rhyno - 2012-05-17 14:20

    First race, then class...and now sex.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-17 14:35

      Angie Motshekga you are the first comrade to break away from the rest of the ANC sheep! WELL DONE! However you fail to see that the DA was not provoking anything... they were exercising their constitutional right, which leads me to believe you are still am ANC slave! You are still bonded to you MALE masters! WHAT A SHAME!

      Christopher - 2012-05-17 14:37

      oh dear in the boilng pot. starting to implode....

      Christopher - 2012-05-17 14:38 pervert.

      Jack - 2012-05-17 15:10

      The only thing the Cosatu/Ancyl have going for them is the dumb and the brainless masses. God help us. This could get ugly.

      NrGx - 2012-05-17 16:29

      @Sganja - you never cease to amaze me with your racist, sexist and totally abhorrent(google) remarks. You, and others like you, are what is holding this country back. When we move forward, and we will, dont be surprised if your left in the dark! Change your attitude! Dont say you werent warned!

  • philani.goba - 2012-05-17 14:20

    ANCWL's Angie Motshekga for first lady!

      Clive - 2012-05-17 14:24

      Can't fault that sentiment!

      Merven - 2012-05-17 14:30

      The parliament documents might be 5 months late, but I guess late is better than never....

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-17 14:34

      Not even Zuma is that desperate...

      Dave - 2012-05-17 21:31

      Kcopah, just what I was thinking...if all our leaders from all the parties thought like this we would be in a very good place. Well done and said maddam Motshekga!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 14:23

    All good points, except for the provoking bit. Saying that nullifies all other statements. The DA had PERMISSION to march, and it is not government departments they needed to give their memorandum to. I'm sure, if Angie cut her finger, she would not put a plaster on her elbow. Cosatu was WAY out of line. Say that and then stop talking!

  • eil33nn - 2012-05-17 14:25

    "Motshekga told Beeld on Wednesday that the DA had provoked Cosatu", no they did not, COSATU had a choice to choose between a violent reaction or a civil reaction... THEY CHOSE VIOLENCE!

      Farmworker - 2012-05-17 14:35

      Are you aware that you said Reaction? As far as Sir Isaac Newton is concerned reaction don't just happen, they are equal and opposite to an ACTION

      Peter - 2012-05-17 16:10

      @Jackie - Yea the ACTION was the COSATU blocking the policy

      johan.cronje.9 - 2012-05-17 16:28

      Wow Jackie! The march was the 'Action', the violence the 'Reaction'. Sir Isaac Newton indeed. Major fail.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-17 16:38

      For every ACTION, there is an equal but opposite REACTION...Newtons Second Law... The march was the action, and COSATU REACTED...Don't see what you are on about?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-17 18:25

      @ Jackie ..and @ Johan.Cronje.9... You guys are quoting Newtons second law but you dont plut any emphasis on a key word - EQUAL - . The DA did not use violence nor did they as far as I'm concerned it's not quite metaphorical.. close but not quite right.

      Blip - 2012-05-18 07:56

      A hurled cucumber is unequally dangerous compared to an equally-hurled stone.

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-17 14:33

    women have shown time and again they can get things done by tackling the issues, not attacking the person. Hopefully more leadership coming forward from Angie Motshekga and all of her couterparts in all parties and SA will see a new dawn of results oriented governing, rather than a reactive philosophy. Welcomed reading from ANCWL. Now how about governing SA rather than ruling SA???

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-17 14:57


      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-06-26 11:01

      this is africa...TIA

  • Fanie - 2012-05-17 15:06

    At least she is willing to take on COSATU's bad behaviour.

  • noxolo.fulani - 2012-05-17 15:33

    True, what cosatu did was stupid, unnecessary and unfair towards the DA. the worst part about everything is that 90% of the COSATU members are from the ruling party. What is the ANC portraying to us young people? That we should respond with violence? What happened to "everyone is equal before the law"? Clearly the DA's rights were violated in this matter. Mr. Vavi should get his house in order before things gets out of hand and before the ruling party losing its members.

  • Mangaliso - 2012-05-17 15:36

    I agree with Angie insofar as she condemns the sentiments against women. Moreover, she should have recognised the constitutionally protected right to picket and march, and the fact that no one has the right to violently stop others from exercising that right.

  • Ed - 2012-05-17 15:48

    maybe COSATU or the ANC can tell us if they would ever tolerate a female president???

      Bruce - 2012-05-17 16:01

      I don't think in this life time! In this patriarchal society women don't rate at all, even though they make way more sense. The men could never accept this.

  • Paul - 2012-05-17 16:01

    Why not leave your comment at "you are the first to break away from the rest of the ANC' Well done indeed, it is progress and she should be applauded!

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-17 16:08

    Women should rule the world :) there would be no hate :)

  • chrisX - 2012-05-17 16:12

    Give that lady a Bells! The Womans league seem to be the only part of the ANC with any brains left, I wish they'd speak up more often..

  • Benjamin - 2012-05-17 16:13

    The ANCWL voice should be heard much more! Take up your responsibillity and keep on standing against all the evil.Its also your own childrens(youth)future that's at stake!

  • Fawzia - 2012-05-17 16:20

    They are not being just racist & sexist , they are evil in their entirety, to even suggest what they do say. Perhaps their single brain cell is undergoing a malfunction.(if it ever functioned)implicit insult. They are worse than animals. They are immoral & amoral. Please do take note that education is not synonymous with morals, ethics , modesty or honesty. Too many educated wrongdoers. Nor is education synonymous with rational thinking & wisdom. I basically think they need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist/psychologist & straight jacketed.

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-17 16:30

    Woman are the best leaders and should govern the world.they would look after all there children.and the world would be in peace and can't do the job look at the world now!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-17 18:32

      ..Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn !!

  • Rubin - 2012-05-17 16:31

    Thank you

  • Phae - 2012-05-17 16:32

    Thank you, and well done for speaking out against the abuse towards these two women yesterday. It enrages me when men defile us in this manner, too many in our country are vile and contaminated in spirit and should be confronted by strong, powerful women.

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-17 16:34

    We all know who is the boss at home .it's the mother they should run not only the house but also the world!!

      canibus.nelis - 2012-05-21 02:38

      Mayb in your culture or world

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-17 16:35

    bravely calling a spade a spade- cudos to you Angie

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-17 16:36

    Phae is right !!! :))

  • George - 2012-05-17 16:57

    The women of SA can make a strong contribution to keeping the fires of democracy burning. They should form a national convention across racial and party lines and ensure the demise of the cANCerous government now in place. Resist e-tolling, e-parking and e-governance all based on corrupt dealings by felons who belong in jail.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:22

    Good for them. At least they are not intimidated and brainwashed.

  • Mphotent - 2012-05-17 17:31

    Sounds like a calculated statement meant to produce calculated outcome. Cde ANC only u probably knows what you meant...shall I say good or not, rather OK.

  • Dodozi - 2012-05-18 00:24

    Angie should concern herself with the High court ruling to provide text books in the Limpopo province and leave Cosatu matters to the workers. For me a threat will not be less threatening just because it is carried by a woman.

      winnie.sithole.9 - 2012-05-18 08:46

      if it was possible to dislike ur comment 100 times i was going to do that. ur out of order

      canibus.nelis - 2012-05-21 02:35

      indeed out of order n u need to be educated,remember this country belongs 2 all those who live in it black n white

  • Blip - 2012-05-18 07:54

    Yep --- Cosatu are racists and sexists. No doubt about it.

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-18 15:46

    My vote goes for the woman's league, please form a separate party and I will vote for you, the fact that you said leave here rave out of it made my day, and between all this racial crap on news 24 and from the government and politics and the people your statements are a true reflection of a new country

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