Cosatu May Day rally moved to Athlone

2011-04-26 17:47

Capw Town - Cosatu's May Day rally will be held at the Athlone stadium instead of Cape Town Stadium, the federation's provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on Tuesday.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions met on Tuesday and decided to move the rally to the Athlone stadium after a dispute with the city over the cost of renting Cape Town Stadium.

On Monday, the City of Cape Town said it had given Cosatu a 75% discount on the use of the stadium on May Day.

City spokesperson Brett Herron told the SABC that the going rate to rent the stadium for a day was R350 000.

Further costs were from security arrangements and preparations of the venue.

But Ehrenreich said the city was quoting the union an additional R1m to the R800 000 agreed to earlier in April.

He said Cosatu viewed the move as an attempt by the city to deny poor families an opportunity to visit the World Cup stadium.

"We are calling on Cosatu members not to go to Cape Town Stadium on May Day in protest of the DA's [Democratic Alliance] unwillingness to let the stadium be enjoyed by working families.

"We will be moving the event to Athlone Stadium and will roll out the programme there."

Buses would be available to transport people from the Athlone train station and other residential areas to the stadium.

Ehrenreich said a formal complaint "related to the conduct of the City of Cape Town" would be lodged with the South African Local Government Association.

  • Jonas_Barbar - 2011-04-26 17:59

    South African Local Government Association? OMG!

  • zoro - 2011-04-26 18:04

    we dont' want to pay like normal people, we want it for free at taxpayer's expense bla bla bla

      Francois - 2011-04-26 19:20

      Who said that Cape Town was to built the stadium? And then who said that they must maintain it themselves? Who got the most political milage out of the SWC? Was it not Zuma, Tony's even corrupt friend (they both don't visit state hospitals when the Cosatu nurses are on strike or when they are not on strike either)? Thus, Tony go moan at Janeekop or Racist Mbeki - the poor would have done better if the money was used for houses instead of a stadium, or for schools instead of submarines built in Europe or for hospitals instead of bailing out Bob, or for food instead of bailing out Fidel.

  • wscharnick - 2011-04-26 18:08

    This will obviously have been a political rally dressed up in a May-day outfit, seeing that we are so close to the going to the polls, Cosatu's affiliation with the ruling party and Tony Ehrenreich's mayoral candidacy. And we as ratepayers must foot the bill for that huge discount? I don't think so Tony.

  • watalife - 2011-04-26 18:10

    Go to hell Ehrenreich, the poor families were left behind when your useless ANC built the stadium before the DA took over. You should have jumped on the band wagon when the ANC wasted billions building the new stadium and took your slice of the cake.Shame are you now getting some of your own medication? take your useless ANC ass and go to JHB. You will just be another Sam Shilowa.

      captainm - 2011-04-26 19:05

      Liverpool went down when the unions took over! Do not let Cape Town go down with the anc.

      Dave - 2011-04-26 20:22

      No pleeeeze, not Jhb, we have enough troubles here....just get them on a slow boat into the Atlantic please

  • Saffer - 2011-04-26 18:10

    Why should the Cape Town ratepayers fund a political rally? Betcha if it was the DA asking for their rally to be subsidised by the municipality you would be spitting up a storm, Tony boy!

  • Madelane - 2011-04-26 18:11

    Well it has saved the stadium from a trashing but unfortunately it will not help stop the trashing of Athlone Stadium and surrounds.

  • marco - 2011-04-26 18:13

    COSATU is the real cancer in South Africa in that unlike other western Trade Unions where they suppose to help the working class poor man or women,they COSATU go pressurizing Zuma's government into forcing it to compromise in which more wages gets to be paid out to Cosatu Affiliates than in creating jobs for more people. No other country on earth except for South Africa increases it's labour wages that much so as to not have enough work and salaries for the majority of the population.

      captainm - 2011-04-26 19:08

      More pay + less productivity = fewer jobs!

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-26 18:17

    Get lost Ehrenreich. You and your COSATU cronies cost us millions in downtime when your goons go on strike.

  • GT - 2011-04-26 18:19

    What a crock, the investment arm of COSATU is rolling in cash. They just don't want to pay and find this a perfect excuse to label the DA as racist and anti-poor. Tony, the culture of non-payment and entitlement is why SA is in such a deep pit, thank you for showing why you will never run a city's budget.

  • captainm - 2011-04-26 19:00

    Ehrenreich IS A MAMPARA!

  • MBAY GIRL - 2011-04-26 19:10

    I just hope that Tony (I'm such a rascist with a chip on my shoulder) Ehrenreich reads this forum. Does he actually know just how anti-him the people of Cape Town are???

  • oistar - 2011-04-26 19:19

    Tony Ehrenreich is playing the dirtiest form of politics. He is inciting violence, hatred and is poisoning the masses only to score points. Beware of that slimey snake in the grass

  • Stuartthom - 2011-04-26 19:28

    denying the poor families entrance to a world cup stadium?? They poor people could have had houses

  • Gert@swart - 2011-04-26 20:04

    Here we go again Apartheid Racist children at it again.Your time is over.

  • GT - 2011-04-26 20:17

    Another question for Comrade Tony - who does he think will pick up the tab if he doesn't? Ratepayers are paying out their backside for the stadium construction, that donkey has been whipped to death.

  • Murph - 2011-04-26 20:25

    Why on earth should the ratepayers of Cape Town subsidise a political rally? I would love to see the stink if the DA held a rally there at discounted prices. Tony we don't want you and we don't want your ANC politics. We don't want your stupid ideas of low cost housing which would simply create more slums and we don't want your political posturing. You know that the ANC cannot hold a candle to the DA's service delivery and you are clutching at straws..

  • saliem - 2011-04-26 20:28

    "Capw Town" mmmmm... Anyhow, aside from the typo, it would be interesting to hear what "Comrade" Tony will have to say to the the majority coloured of the local coloured labour force who will be losing their jobs in the Western Cape. Will he be telling them that they will just have to bite the bullet and accept the consequences of the pending amendments to labour legislation and move on? Methinks that irrespective of the venue of the rally, it will be used as an opportunity to try and trash the DA as a racist movement (open toilets, et al). This is getting soooooooo boring :P

  • chris van rensburg - 2011-04-26 20:31

    Everything has a price!!It means that I want a Mercedes Benz AMG of R1.5m and go to the dealership and tell them that our non-profit organization can only pay R300 000.A lot of our members work for you and we are therefore entitled to pay only what we "Want" to afford.Eish "Entitlement!!"

      saliem - 2011-04-26 20:50

      Ermmm @chris do you mean "Jou Pa se Porsche Tony"?

  • ProudofPink - 2011-04-26 20:51

    What happened to this yapping Chihuahua's invasion? Sad little man.

  • icansee - 2011-04-26 20:52

    hey asswipe TE stop making waves you are looking for things to bi*ch about go and appreciate the holiday as is supposed to be, and with the good, safe public transport in CT all should be able to get there and enjoy.........

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-04-26 20:55

    ANC and Cosatu cash run dry into the leaders pockets and cannot afford the buses and scrap food packs and T shirts anymore to BUY VOTES through stupidity and populist 'ancien regime' means?

  • tsunu - 2011-04-27 09:15

    Cosatu's involvement in the tripartite alliance makes it be victimised by the Democratic Alliance led municipality

  • Jarryd - 2011-04-27 09:19

    Does he expect the City of Cape Town to give him the stadium for free? He must be nuts!

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