Cosatu wants non-violent protests

2012-03-01 20:01

Johannesburg - A campaign will be developed to educate workers on staging violence-free protests, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"We have instructed all affiliates and provincial structures to develop education programmes and campaigns to educate members on their responsibility to keep all strikes and demonstrations violence-free," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We hate violence like everyone else... but violence is a societal problem in South Africa."

Vavi said violence extended beyond the labour market and could not be solved by a "quick knee-jerk" reaction.

Last week, at least three people were killed and several others injured during an illegal strike by Impala Platinum workers in Rustenburg.

The strike started over a month ago when rock-drill operators downed tools over unhappiness that they did not receive the same retention bonus as miners.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-01 20:09

    Good Luck!!!

  • Francois - 2012-03-01 20:13

    Hry Vavi, it is plain bad citizenship. You had at least 17 years to educate the workers, that is, if you had to repay the violence of the apartheid state with violence. From then onwards, specifically from 1996 when the new constitution was signed, respect for anybody else's property and right to safety and life (which anyhow should have been there) should have been one of the pillars of anybody in society. You seem to be able to muster the people together to help the ANC win elections, but you cannot organise a pieceful protest without blaming society? Guess who makes up that violent society at marches - let me think....Ja it must be the soccer players, ne?

  • Thorsten Wach - 2012-03-01 20:29


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  • Cracker - 2012-03-01 20:43

    Twak man! Just tell them to behave themselves as they would when in their own neighborhood and being in contact with their closest and nearest. The hypocrisy of it all! When will it stop? This same Cosatu always have a lot to say against whites and now they want everybody to unite against the toll gates. Whites also and the whites fall for it.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-01 21:25

    In this case, Mr Vavi, responsibility means nothing without accountability. Your organisation and the other alliance members are agile adepts at escaping both. The movement has exploited generations to destroy and kill to further the cause. The evidence is in every protest, every strike all the way down to the pettiest of thefts. A more public product of this indoctrination, dreams that he "will die with his boots on". We all pay, every day for this "Wild West" mentality that has been carefully nurtured and fostered. The liberation movement has created a mental-health crisis of gargantuan proportions. It's easy to indoctrinate people. Far more difficult to undo.

  • MornĂ© - 2012-03-01 21:31

    Give the man some credit; this is the type of union response that is long overdue - better late than never! Maybe protests action should be seen in a similar light to occupational health issues. If, for example, death or injury from mine accidents are considered preventable through proper safety procedure and safety training, the same should be done for protest action. Not all incidents can be foreseen, but repeating incidents can be foreseen and prevented. It would indeed be the worst form of hypocrisy if the unions do not acknowledge this. Maybe this is what Mr. Vavi is trying to achieve; a training program for unionist on strike, similar to that of the compulsory safety training in industry.

  • cwboshoff - 2012-03-02 08:05

    Yhe cops should start using real bullets instead of rubber ones, after the first few violent protests they should understand that if they gonna parttake in violence they are gona die, simple solution!

  • Gail - 2012-03-06 11:58

    I sincerely hope that tomorrow's strike is peaceful. Also that the country does'nt lose a lot of money.Also that the e-toll system is done away with. As a result of that everything will soar. Particularly the food prices.

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