DA lays charge against Ehrenreich

2012-11-29 20:01

Johannesburg - Western Cape Democratic Alliance leader Ivan Meyer has opened an incitement case against Cosatu's provincial secretary over a poster put up in the Cape metro.

The matter was registered at the Barrack Street police station in central Cape Town on Thursday, Meyer said in a statement.

The poster reads: "FEEL IT!!! Western Cape Marikana is here!!!"

Meyer said a National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union logo was displayed on the poster above a picture of Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.

Text on the poster stated that Ehrenreich "has warned Premier Helen Zille on the imminent Marikana of the Western Cape".

Said Meyer: "Tony Ehrenreich seems intent on creating the climate that led to the violent and tragic clashes between police and workers at Marikana.

"Cosatu is using the symbolism and violence of Marikana to promote its public gatherings. This is happening even as South Africans grieve over... all those who needlessly died in that tragedy."

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers and wounded 78 while trying to disperse a group encamped on a hill near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16.

Meyer said Ehrenreich should be punished for this "despicable display of incitement to violence. The DA expects the police to act on this matter without delay."

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-29 20:19

    Has he been arrested already, ... any politician that uses Marikana in the way he does should be kicked out of politics... he is a disgrace. Anybody that supports his actions, is an even bigger disgrace.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-11-30 02:47

      I just hope that if he is granted his "Marikana" he will have the courage to be leading his troops at the front lines when they storm the police, and not hiding in his air conditioned office like a coward. Then he is at the front lines being shot at he can feel his Marikana like a real man. Cummon tough guy bring it on.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-30 05:31

      Did Tony actually refer to Marikana as a threat? Did he refer to Marikana at all, in fact? Or did the poster writer just put words in his mouth?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-30 10:50

      @blip, please educate yourself in matters - look at things from both sides. You making your name tit here right now.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-01 00:51

      If he WARNED of another Marikana happening it's not anywhere near than same as promising to CREATE another Marikana is it? If I warn you that the way you're driving will end in a crash, I didn't CAUSE the crash. Issuing a warning and issuing a threat are two totally different things.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 20:30

    Who in their right minds would wish another Marikana on any society? COSATU are revealing how devoid of scruples, morals and humanity they really are. The Unions together with government agreed to these absurdly low wages in February this year. It was cheaper than subsidising farmers and set the trap for fomenting violence. They've had 18 years and 8 months to sort out farm wages. Farm wages incidentally that apply to farm workers throughout the country not just the Western Cape

      jay.kganyago.5 - 2012-11-29 20:43

      I notice that Mr Ehrenreich does not volunteer his personal self to be sacrificed in a hale of bullets. BUT he gladly volunteers poor people to go to their deaths. Our leaders use our poor and desperate ppl as cannon fodder & pawns 4 their political gain.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 21:04

      @jay.kganyago.5 - he couldn't negotiate his way out of a paper bag, otherwise farm workers in his 'jurisdiction' would be very happy workers. No, he'll be like the rest and get called away to urgent business just before the final push and pop up immediately after with 'sad day', 'this is a tragedy' speeches. The man has no integrity and by now workers should understand that he is only going to manipulate them to further COSATU's ends. None of them care how many currently suffer and how many could die. We have a Constitutional DEMOCRACY, the idea that people must still sacrifice themselves for causes is just murder by proxy.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-11-29 20:37

    Why is it only the Cape. Are farm workers happy in the rest of the country?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-29 20:41

    Poster such hve read ZUMA DA is comin to a homestead near u soon Cosatu is feelin t heat

  • jan.vanommen.10 - 2012-11-29 20:45


  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-11-29 20:50

    Whatever is going on is unacceptable

  • jakkie.jvr - 2012-11-29 20:56

    Tony and Cosatu will simply shrug their shoulders and deny it. For those condemning the wages, please give us a viable solution which will not mean widescale job losses (due to mechanisation) or a substantial increase in the price of wine (Read somewhere that wine labour in SA is almost 50 % of the price) making us uncompetetive on the international market, leading to widescale job losses...

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-11-29 21:02

    These are very poor tactics used by scum to win the Western Cape at any cost.

  • longile.bongani - 2012-11-29 21:04

    The guy has lost it entirely. He has publicly stated that he wants to send the army in to protect the thugs that want to cause wanton destruction in the western cape. And this clown wonders why he continually makes such a fool of himself in the W Cape! Stop embarrassing yourself Ehrenreich!

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-30 22:12

      Like that it very much. Thank goodness there are sensible people out there.

  • john.rhodes.12576 - 2012-11-29 21:05

    Tony SH#t for brains, must stand by what he preaches and go and march at the front line with his 'Brothers'. Then we can all sit back and watch him re-create Marikana, but with only one fatality, him!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 21:29

      Then he'll be marching against himself seeing as the Unions and govt agreed to this absurdly low minimum wage in the 1st place

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-11-29 21:10

    Tha ANC proved itself incompetent to run the Western Cape, hence people democratically elected an alternate party that has proved it is more than capable.......Now the ANC are worried, what if the masses come to the same realization, that promising the world and delivering little, other than to a 'selected few' will only get you so far for 20 years. So the solution is clear......make the Western Cape ungovernable,------> bus unemployed people to profitable farms, burn it down,intimidate the farmers and their workers ,cause chaos and destruction, ....

  • MissusMads - 2012-11-29 21:10

    Great foto van Tony.....vir my dartboard. Of vir agter die badkamerdeur.

  • rowan.clark.10 - 2012-11-29 21:16

    I agree Tiaan you can talk about good but can you find and live with good inside .

  • alasdair.muir.796 - 2012-11-29 21:20

    This guy is a danger to society, and a f@$%&ing idiot as well. COSATU must just wait for the retrenchments to start next year, they say they are trying to solve unemployment - I think not.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-11-29 21:20

    This Tony,he has... love of power and not LOVE OF COUNTRY.Anyone that talks revolution and promotes violence, which this idiot is doing, in the last 6 months he seems to have stepped up his nasty campaign... The day COSATU...can sit with the DA and discuss when this country will be on track to finding PEACE.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-01 00:55

      His paid job isn't to love his country. It's to sign up new members to Cosatu-affiliated unions. That's his job. Has he succeeded in recruiting many new Cosatu members out in the grape farms? If the answer is YES then he's doing his job well. You and I may not like it much, but then it's not our job, is it?

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 21:21

    Thought as much..I wonder how many charged maDAm lays against ANC members per year but we don't even hear of the outcome....we will still vote for ANC...she must deal with shacks in gugulethu, nyanda, khayelitsha !!!!!

      longile.bongani - 2012-11-29 21:29

      You just got no idea

      JamesMWood - 2012-11-29 21:32

      Why don't you and your ANCant supporters ask your black baas for a house in zumaville

      louis.duplessis.39 - 2012-11-29 21:41

      Don't you want a better life for your people and yourself?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 21:52

      Well the ANC will be too embarrassed to reveal the outcome of most of the cases. In the last 6 months alone, the courts have handed down orders and injunctions to the ANC - which they simply ignore. They should be ashamed at constantly being caught out flouting the laws of the country. Laws they wrote! But they have no shame. So back to court they have to go for ignoring the first court order. What a great way to waste taxpayer money and time. Instead of just doing what they PROMISED to do. They demand law-abiding behaviour from the rest of us but break it every day.

      William Mohlolo - 2012-11-29 22:16

      @ Hezekiel that's your freedom choice boss. Nobody can force you to vote for party you don't like. Like anyone who vote for DA , nobody forced them to vote for such a party.

      alexia.gambino - 2012-11-29 22:27

      Sorry dude. You are blaming the wrong people. Just for your information it is the current government (ANC) elected by your people who runs the country and the money. Must be difficult if you no longer lay the blame at the doors of the other races in this country :-)

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-11-29 23:45

      47% more people in 2011 in the WC then there were at the previous census. If the DA (provided that they could, and have permission from Tokyo)would have build houses day and night, 7 days a week since they came to power, there would have more people coming in, and even more shacks would have been build. It's fine to have criticism, but it must be based on facts. And where does that influx of people come from? From the EC, ruled by the beloved ANC. And why do they come to the WC? You figure it out, OK?

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-11-30 13:00

      "I wonder how many charged maDAm lays against ANC members per year but we don't even hear of the outcome" FYI: This is not a good thing for the ANC, you know.... I am quite happy to sit and wait while the DA takes over one province at a time.....

  • mike.clery - 2012-11-29 21:30

    I wonder what it feels like to know that your only contribution to the world is bitterness and destruction? I wonder what's made and is keeping Ehrenreich this way?

      piet.pompies.12 - 2012-11-30 08:20

      Union membership fee per month R60.00, 2 000 000 members R120 000 000 per month. I think it is this figures that keeps him going!

      mike.clery - 2012-11-30 09:37

      Given his comparatively luxurious lifestyle, I'm sure the money's a great motivator. But the bitterness is real - he seems to hate the world.

  • LiveYourOwnLife - 2012-11-29 21:39

    You are an idiot.

  • louis.duplessis.39 - 2012-11-29 21:39

    Is it that hard for the people of this country to see what is going on and who is instigating it. The ANS's own people are going to suffer and they are the ones calling for this. How is it possible for a people to be so mislead.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-11-29 21:45

    Tony and Patrick, you two are the most un-educated idiots in the WC and you are a shame to the coloured community in the WC and SA. Where the hell did you go to school? I am highly educated black female and I went to private schools and the best learning institutions. Not to bad for a black female. You two are a disgrace and this comes from a black female. You to are such sore p....sses cause you want the WC for yourselves to screw up and destroy, just like the ANC has f....ked up Limpopo, now call "Zimpopo" Why don't you just go back to your mother wombs and stay there

      William Mohlolo - 2012-11-29 22:05

      Harsh words sister Yho!!!!!! From someone who studied at high institutions and private school Hhhhhmmm.

      earthian.earthian - 2012-11-29 22:35

      Well said sister... well said!

      thabo.manganye - 2012-11-30 05:04

      Educated people don't sound like you, yours is a case of utter confusion thus not knowing where your heart is. And such words will never build a nation, hope you don't use the same language to your family when they mess up. People need to be shown the way of doing things or should I say solving crises in a more acceptable way. Sister, the world is watching

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-30 08:43

      William Siphoza is cross and p1ssed off. I don't blame her

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-30 09:20

      Harsh words, but said with so much truth. I like you Siphoza... you are proof that the ANC will not win this agenda of theirs to keep the majority of black people (especially those in the rural areas) ignorant and uneducated. Box of Bells for this woman :)

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-30 22:23

      Two boxes - Stoney and Flatrick. What Í've been saying since 1994 (gospel truth). Black people will get educated and they will see the anc for what they are. The days you can indoctrinate black people, feed them BS, are over. Black people will get educated, start thinking for themselves which WILL lead to the demise of the anc. I just love it. I and many others (whiteys) will walk the proverbial mile with you. Let's go!!

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-11-29 21:47

    Well done to the DA.......God speed and God bless you!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-29 21:56

    Aren't organisations judged by leaders they produce? Those bitter and vengeful men at COSATU are causing more harm than good to their organisation.

  • thozi.thozamile - 2012-11-29 22:00

    Just recently the DAFF Minister kept referring to the Western Cape as the worst racist province instead of finding a solution to the problem. Now it's clear that Ehrenreich would also rather have the whole of the Western Cape province destroyed - rather than to see any successful solution to the current farm workers' problems. Is it a case of, "if I can't have her, kill her". Remember the baby in the King Solomon maternity case?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 22:39

      Remember 10 died at Marikana and a whole week went by before anyone did or said anything. Delaying tactics are the name of the game here. From Dlai Lama's visa to everything else, things are happening or not happening for a reason. People must take care that they are not being manipulated for an agenda they are not told about. The puppet masters really don't care how many die as long as it makes their political point. The very bitter irony is that they are now fomenting revolution against the laws they passed

  • edmund.deane.37 - 2012-11-29 22:03

    Sabc anounced that a smll scale civil war is immenet in the western cape between workers and security companies hired by farmers late night news on 3 Is this true?

  • goddard.morrie - 2012-11-29 22:05


  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-11-29 22:05

    How can they be so insensitive to the victims of Marikana and their loved ones? Sies!!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-30 09:30

      Easy... COSATU/ANC don't care about the people. They only care about themselves and their bank accounts.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-29 22:12

    With all due respect I feel very sorry for t ANC an cosatu members thy r bein screwed by thr own people I mean surely u CNT b tht stupid

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-29 22:44

      You'd think but just look around you. JZ a shoe-in for another term, Ehrenreich fomenting rebellion against the very deal his organisation signed, gazillion bucks on some very married dude's private homestead, 500% admin fees on toll roads that will all go to overseas 'investors'. And yet still the cry "we'd rather die than not vote for the ANC". I'd be very happy for the to get their wish, just resent the fact that they're going to take us all with them.

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-29 22:23

    Attention seeking DA

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-30 09:30

      F**king stupid ANC

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 10:04

      Lol why do you guys love insult?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-30 10:22

      You guys? Don't generalise... that is discriminatory. I personally only insult stupid people that cause this country trouble. And there are many stupids in the ANC. And btw, im sure the DA has its share of stupids too.

  • pieter.dirk.1 - 2012-11-29 22:45

    Tony E se ma!!!

  • WILDSBOK - 2012-11-29 23:05

    Tony my bra........koop vir jou n erf lands JZ. Jy hoort nie hier nie.

  • WILDSBOK - 2012-11-29 23:07

    Is that all you can say??? Dump ass

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-29 23:40

    well if it is going to be like marikana the workers will feel it not the employers you stupid insignificant, uneducated prick! i hope when your western cape marikana does happen and 30+ people die that you encouraged to behave like animals / or themselves to demand salaries you know to be unrealistic ( because hopefully someone educated dumb it down to your level of understanding) your mouth is as big as it is know. afterwards you will probably just call everyone a racist that want you to be held accountable.

  • ed.jacobs.50 - 2012-11-29 23:47

    On a lighter note, naming. Who gets named first as the Vines violence instigator? You cite according to rules of protocol or you go alphabetical? So what is it, FF and FE, or FE and FF?

  • franknaude - 2012-11-29 23:47

    Tony, what you are doing is using the pain of the poor for your selfish political ends. I am so tired of politicians who want to take us backwards. I want to see leaders and visionaries who can take this beautiful country FORWARD. Vuka sizwe, say NO to empty rhetoric from ALL politicians - time for fresh thinking - earn your pay.

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-29 23:57

    Hang on - am I missing something? Tony Einsteinreich has warned Helen Zille ON (not 'OF'?) the 'imminent Marikana'? He is going to stir the folk on to violence, and the police are going to kill them, and he feels the need to warn his madam? Why, for goodness sake? Why should SHE need to be warned? Has this bitter little racist finally gone off his rocker, I wonder? Maybe the weight of the two concrete blocks he carries around on his shoulders all day has finally got to him. No man, son - if you really had the good of the people at heart, rather than appeasing your puppet-masters for the allure of a lekker cushy number if you can make the Promised Land 'unguvvenubbul', you would say "Hey, boss - haven't you noticed that the poor electorate are dying, because you're stealing all of their money? Don't you want to stop for a bit now? Haven't you got enough, yet?". What happened to last month's 'revolutionary' buzz-word, by the way - aren't you also going to O.C.C.U.P.Y the madam's garden? Jislaik it, ou Tony - moenie vir jou simple hou nie. Vra dan vir Alan Pondvasinniesak, Ebrahim Dafool of Chris Nissen wat het nie ge-lissen - nadat die comrades jou vir 'n rukkie deur die neusgate gely het, spoeg hulle jou net so gou uit, soos 'n wasklip-glad wit Kentucky been. Moenie jou tyd morsie, man, en kry jou eie lewe. Die madam wil jou einlik net van jouself red. Sy's toggie so bad nie!

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-30 22:27

      Like !!!!!!

  • scloete12 - 2012-11-30 00:19

    Ehrenreich is dreadful.....Zuma has to take control of SA, otherwise SA is heading for total anarchy. SA has done so well for sooo long but between Zuma's lack of any leadership, Bafoons like Tony, the power of the Unions over it's illaterate and angry members, the fools in the ANC, this country is quick on a downhill spiral......where are the statesmen like Madiba, Thambo, FW, Pik Botha and Tuttu!

  • kuschke1 - 2012-11-30 03:57

    The principle should be: "You get paid according to the value you add to the production process." If you are uneducated and unskilled your contribution is miniscule. The only institition where this does not apply is when you are in government - run by the unskilled and the corrupt. There you get rewarded even if you subtract value.

  • arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-11-30 05:00

    Tony Ehrenreich is responsible for a huge amount of unrest in SA, because he wants to destabilize the W-Cape and the rest of the country in order that the ANC may continue to govern(?) Destabalization will hopefully bite him in the back when he is not looking

      Erna - 2012-11-30 09:23

      Wonder what he expects to get if he is successful.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-11-30 05:04

    Hey Tony NO problem - you lead the charge after drinking your Muti, and we will be waiting for you - "Old Afrikaner saying speeding bullet stops for no Muti"

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-30 05:23

    It's not Ehrenreich uttering the offensive words -- it's an unnamed NEHAWU publicist, acting independently and without Ehrenreich's consent or approval. (The DA really ought to have gone after that person -- identified, named, shamed and then charged them. Because this suit against Ehrenreich is going to flop in court. You can't be charged for words someone else put in your mouth.

      pws69 - 2012-11-30 05:57

      I think the DA are going to use his man public utterance in court as well. A court case is like building a house. You lay the foundation, then add the walls brick by brick. Tony the liar has provided a lot of bricks.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-30 08:59

      Ehrenreich's photo and name cannot be on the poster without his consent and by him not demanding that the posters be removed he has given consent and I have heard him say that he will make Western Cape ungovernable

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-30 09:33

      Aaaah yes, the typical blame game.

      barnie.huysamer - 2012-11-30 10:11

      Did TE ask for the poster to be removed in the meanwhile? Has he objected to the use of his photo on the poster? Has he laid charges against NEHAWU for the unauthorised use of his photo on the poster? I would have if I did not approve/agree with it.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-30 22:52

      blip it's a case of tacit consent, a mean and vengeful man...we really don't need him in the political arena.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-01 00:59

      If Tony WARNS of a Marikana-like catastrophe it doesn't mean he has THREATENED to create one. Nothing wrong with issuing a warning; everything wrong with issuing a threat. So, read the poster again. Is it a warning or is it a threat?

  • pws69 - 2012-11-30 05:48

    I like Tony the liar and Fanny Fransman. Between these two, they guarantee the DA votes. Keep it up boys, and thanks for all the additional votes. From, A DA Member

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  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-11-30 06:57

    its about time useless idiots i hope they can make it stick

  • grant.slabbert - 2012-11-30 07:11

    wow that is disgusting

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-30 07:40

    It's about time that someone does something about this piece of ........ It should have been done ages ago. ehrenreich must have his days in court for the blood that he already has on his hands!

  • steve.a.austen.3 - 2012-11-30 08:22

    Has Mr Ehrenreich watched any of the footage of the Commission in process at present? Has he not seen the pain and anguish that the families are enduring having to watch their loved one's gunned down by police? Does Mr Ehrenreich honestly believe that this country has sufficient judicial and legal resources to support a further inquiry. And given his certainty that his agitation of the status quo will indeed lead to a further Marakana leaves one with the impression that his allied political resources may include those powers within the SAPS. The Marakana commission is still in session, and Mr Ehrenreich's call for a further such incident as appropriate action leaves me feeling that, once again, the dodgy types of the ANC are using the poor to elevate their own populist pedestals. Prosecute this stupid and selfish man.

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-30 22:31

      Mister Ehrenreich??? Well............ delete "ter" and you're closer to the truth. ("mis" = cow dung)

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-30 08:57

    One cannot send emails to Cosatu because the address advertised on their website does not exist. Patrick Craven, if you have any sense of moral decency you would throw in your resignation at Cosatu.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-30 09:00

    Tony are your sur of your surname should it not be fourthreich not Ehrenreich. You sound like Hitler's grandson

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-30 22:33

      "grandson"????? no, direct decendent of the monster himself!!

  • ana.curcic - 2012-11-30 10:56

    What do Y espect from an idiot of that calibre. Somebody must give him a good hiding for the sake of all of us peace loving people.

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-30 11:57

    Get rid of COSATU. They are a public irritation led by greedy "capitalists", claiming to be socialists. Erenreich is an outright idiot and bad loser. If we wanted your political influence, we would have voted for you. Go play on the highway with your gantries.