ANCYL to join Cosatu protest

2012-03-06 13:27

Pretoria - The ANC Youth League will be joining Wednesday's nationwide strike, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

He said youth league leader Julius Malema was in solidarity with the action and would march with protesters.

Malema was still the league's representative as he was appealing his expulsion from the party, Vavi told reporters in Pretoria.

The strike is in protest against e-tolling and labour broking.

Vavi said Cosatu respected the ANC disciplinary committee's decision to expel Malema, adding that Malema's plans to take part in Wednesday's protest put Cosatu in a "tight corner".

However, everybody could participate in the march, including other political parties.

"We are calling on all workers, except those in essential services."

A total of 34 marches were expected to be held across the country on Wednesday.

- Are you going to participate? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

  • Jason - 2012-03-06 13:33

    Oh great that just means it will be a violent strike

      Henri - 2012-03-06 13:41

      this is the only thing the ancyl can do is strike, do they even know where the toll roads are, and how many can actually spell out labour broking or is that breaking..... make me think i need there will be kfc there ?????

      Fenderbender - 2012-03-06 13:55

      I agree all they are good for is rioting, and not paying taxes. Its going to cost the country billions! The government made it very clear, we are going to pay, and so the humble subjects of the royal cream party will have to pay. Nothing new

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:08

      I hope Cosatu knows that their march has just been hijacked. Expect lazy ANCYL thugs to come out with Juju banners. This march will just be one of confusion now, thanks to the moron brigade of the ANCYL.

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:29

      Is Juju or Floyd online now? Who down-thumbed me? You know it's true guys. While the TV cameras are rolling, the expelled ANCYL will use the free media coverage to air their pro-Malema rubbish on national TV. THE ANCYL HAS JUST HIJACKED COSATU'S MARCH !!!

      JasonEye - 2012-03-06 16:28

      The problem here is, WHEN it turns violent all the parties concerned will say it was not our members....................I still say the DA made the right choice not to march!

      nkosiab - 2012-03-07 08:31

      LOL.... Jason you seem to like violent hey. Why do you say its gonna be a violent strike???????

  • Bardy - 2012-03-06 13:34

    Even Cosatu is shying away from fat boy... I would be too embarrassed to show my face in public if I was him. And yet he still feels the need to be politicly active? What does he not understand? The people don't want to see you anymore!

      Morama - 2012-03-06 13:38

      @Bardy,it's only this reporter of usual news24 who spice up the report.why don't they just say Malema would be there just like everyone esle and as a matterof fact,Julias Malema is still the president and would remain like that.

      Peter - 2012-03-06 14:02

      This boy is very intelligent, Zuma have undermined Malema's political tactics. He is proving his comradeship under the ANCYL banner and they can't do anything about it....

      matome.matlakala1 - 2012-03-06 14:17

      only you

  • Andre - 2012-03-06 13:35

    Dog eats dog. The ANC is destroying itself, eating itself from the inside - bit by bit!

  • S - 2012-03-06 13:40

    The strike has just lost all credibility.

      Dave - 2012-03-06 13:48

      100%, pity though

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-06 14:19

      Yea I wanted to join in. Now, not so much.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 16:30

      please do not give that fat boy a microphone!!

  • Reshan - 2012-03-06 13:44

    At least Juju is increasing the rate at which people are loosing faith in the ANC, starting to see the affect on the streets lately and people are definitely getting sick of the ANC. I hope tomorrow deals a massive blow to the ANC seeing that their greatest allies, Unions and ANCYL are marching

  • Piet - 2012-03-06 13:47

    Now it is all about labour broking and nothing to do with toll roads

  • Ben - 2012-03-06 13:51

    Striking against their own policies.... I like it..

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-03-06 13:54

    Viva Cosatu Viva even DA will join them i don't see an problem for Ancly to join Cosatu tomorrow

      Moss - 2012-03-06 15:01

      yayayaya!!! Its not me, its your name

      JasonEye - 2012-03-06 16:32

      Ayanda, the DA said they will NOT March!

  • Peter - 2012-03-06 13:57

    Cosatu - DA - ANCYL marching together? There is hope in this country after all.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-06 14:00

      DA pulled out, they are chickens.

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:12

      Donkey you are chicken. DA said they would rather fight this ANC thievery in court, where it counts.

      The-third - 2012-03-06 14:14

      DA said they prefer to "fight it in court".. like normal people do. Striking is so 60s, mate.

      Dave - 2012-03-06 14:19

      You think Juliaas will fit through a gantry?

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:26

      LOL @ Dave I hope fatboy has been tagged. Let's see how much he has to pay SANRAL after his long walk to freedom

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 16:30

      No stinkpony, the DA are civilised.

  • George - 2012-03-06 14:15

    Who is Cosatu matching against? Obviously the match is against the alliance partner. Which means it is not about the poor but about people flexing muscles. The poor don’t have cars but they use busses, trains and taxis. It is all about political survival. Why are they not striking against the high price of petrol which affects everybody? E-tolling is only in Gauteng. The petrol price increase is everywhere. Vavi is trying to cement a re-election as cosatu general secretary. Unfortunately he will need to use the poor to get what he wants. The same thing his fat boy friend is doing. Why does e-tolling and labour brokering have to attract the mother of all strikes?

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:30

      I think Malema is working for News24, cause my posts are always deleted.

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 15:33

      U r missing a point in that there is a plan 2 advance d e-toll 2 other provinces. Commodity and services prices will rise as d result of this scheme and this will have a direct negative impact on d poor. Exempting public transport from toll fees may keep roads public traveling fees constant but d overall living expenses of an average poor and middle class will b strained.

  • Ian - 2012-03-06 14:21

    Now the strike will turn voilent and about 20% fo the people who decided to join the march will now decide not to - me included. Well done Cusato - you just sabotaged your own strike

      Morama - 2012-03-06 14:31

      There won't be any differance anyway.either with or without you!!!

  • Scouter - 2012-03-06 14:23

    So predictable - Malema will climb on any band wagon right now. Reminds me of someone sliding over the edge of a cliff, desperately grabbing at roots and straws.

  • Eric - 2012-03-06 14:24

    Well, there you go. I hope all those who were urging the DA to join the protest now realize they would have marching shoulder-to-shoulder with Juju!

      Hugh - 2012-03-06 14:52

      Yeah, well the DA just announced that they are joining the march, but that puts my plans out. A real turd in the drinking water.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-06 14:28

    Just malema trying to stay relevant.

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:33

      No, just trying to stay in the media as his image slowly drifts away into obscurity ... Bye Bye Malema...

  • Mtizozo - 2012-03-06 14:31

    It is good that the YLG will join the march. I would expect DAYL, COPE YL, AZAPO YL, UDM YL and all to join also.

      Themba - 2012-03-06 14:36

      DAYL will not since they are not used to toytoying,,

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 16:29

      @Themba, really? There is a skill to toy-toying. And here I thought it was just jumping up and down occasionally throwing a stone ...

      methedex - 2012-03-06 16:30

      yeah DAYL is used to thinking, unlike the rest...

      Kolobe - 2012-03-06 16:55

      is there such as the dayl?

  • Andres - 2012-03-06 14:37

    Now, those people who hammered the DA for staying out of this in an official capacity... What are you saying now?

  • Tebogo Ngulube - 2012-03-06 14:39

    u knw everything is nt permanent a time has come empowering yourself is over.

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:40


  • Deon - 2012-03-06 14:40

    You can only strike if you have a job ANCYL!

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 14:49

      Deon, they Youth as represented by ANCYL is categorized under working class. I am teaching the basics now. Lol. Also the Youth is part of SA consumers represented by Consumer Forum. Bottom line: They Youth need 2 participate as issues underlying the protest directly impact on their lives.

      Penny - 2012-03-06 14:52

      Listen Isis, the youth need to be involved, but not the ANCYL who are just there to get attention and cause trouble. The rest of SA's youth are welcome

      Scouter - 2012-03-06 15:41

      @Penny - love the Isis quip! That really made me laugh - very good although I should imagine it might have flown over Ramisis' head.

      Tony - 2012-03-06 16:59

      Cool .. I am a fair ou too, but this youth thing is confusing, Malenima is 30 or 31. I am pretty sure he off the Purity and out of the Huggies by now? Maybe fair ous grow up faster than Pharoes?

  • sariena.robbertse - 2012-03-06 14:42

    The ANCYL is becoming the biggest problem this country had.

  • Brian - 2012-03-06 14:55

    Vavi please! the ANCYL reports to ANC thus the reason why Malema was expelled! or do u think the ANCYL had the power to expel Zuma if he had commented about Botswana? the same ANCYL where there when the e-tolling where discused behind closed doors and they just kept quiet. Cosatu now being used by ANCYL.

  • Tebogo Ngulube - 2012-03-06 14:57

    Thnx Pharaoh Malope u explained very well.

  • Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 15:04

    For your info the majority youth of this country subscribes directly and indirectly 2 ANCYL so when they support the strike the ANCYL is represented.

      Krish - 2012-03-06 22:09

      How I am confused

  • RORO4MPHOZA - 2012-03-06 15:17

    join the juju

  • treatwell - 2012-03-06 16:28

    I wonder if white people will join the strike because this affects everyone, its not about the ANCYL high jacking the rally its about all road users coming together and saying enough is enough

      willybegood - 2012-03-07 07:51

      probably too busy working and paying tax ;)

  • Rob - 2012-03-06 16:39

    I know this is off topic but after reading the ANCYL's press release on politicsweb I just have to say that expropriating land without compensation will get you a death certificate. My 84 square meters is my 84 square meters and no lazy ass ANCYL member who doesn't understand the blood, sweat and tears that went into the rational purchasing and paying for of that land will ever get their hands on it. Get a job, work and buy your own land. I will not be dictated to by a bunch of near sighted, irrational, greedy, lazy kids that don't know the value of an honest days work. You have been warned!

  • Wayne - 2012-03-06 18:15

    Great!!! Now what would have been a peacful strike is now going to turn into a riot...ANCYL,are just going to make it violent....THE ANCYL HAS JUST HIJACKED COSATU'S MARCH !!!

  • Krish - 2012-03-06 21:54

    Are you craving for support now?????????????

  • Krish - 2012-03-06 21:57

    What is the purpose of this march? It will achieve nothing as the govt has already said that it is going ahead with the toll system.

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 22:08

      Clearly you ignorantly undermine the power of masses in action. This is not the first time the working class embark in a strike so if this instrument is foreign to you and you missed out on apartheid fueled strikes just watch and learn. If the government decides to go ahead with instituting e-tolls Cosatu warned more resistance will come from workers and consumers. To educate you the strike seek to force stubborn government to consider going to negotiations with affected parties as oppose to imposing 1st world models in a developing country.

  • Sikanyiso - 2012-03-07 08:57

    I strongly support to day's strike for a number of reasons. Many families in our country are living in dire poverty due to lack of job opportunities in the market. Those people who are lucky enough to be employed in the private sector get peanuts as fifty percent of their income is being devoured by Labour Brokers. Labour Brokers act like Paedophiles who take advantage of a destitute family desparate for any kind of food. They will move into the family and establish a relationship with a young girl and re-imburse the family with parcels of glocery, knowing very that they have no other alternative for survival. It is the responsibility of the government in conjunction with private sector to create job opportunities where people will be directly employed. Labour brokers should be phased out. I'm aware of the English adage which says " half of bread is better than nothing", but for how long? I think the above axiom applied to an interiem arrangement.

  • Moyo - 2012-03-07 12:35

    SA is sitting on a time bomb, the issue of inequality needs to be addressed. Malema is doing what most politicians do not want to do, which is talk about the real issues. Malema does not have a solution but if business people and the government talk about the issues of mines and land re-distribution they will come up with a solution that will reduce inequality. SA is not the 1st to have such problems, we should learn from other countries. The risk of high inequality is social unrest followed by a populist government like what happened in Argentina when the Perons took over. Malema is not stupid, businesses that control the media want it to look like that but he talks about real issues that everyone whould talk about.

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