DA march against Cosatu gets under way

2012-05-15 11:58

Johannesburg - The DA march against Cosatu got under way in Johannesburg late on Tuesday morning.

Several hundred people wearing blue T-shirts converged on Beyers Naude Square in the city centre to protest against the union federation's opposition to the youth wage subsidy.

DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane are leading the protest.

The planned route was along President, Rissik, Jeppe, Sauer, Burger, Jorissen, Melle, and Simmonds streets.

Cosatu waiting

Meanwhile, Congress of SA Trade Unions supporters in red T-shirts waited outside the federation's offices.

"We are here to welcome the DA when they arrive," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

According to tweets from the scene, Cosatu members stormed the march, and rocks were thrown. The march was then diverted.

Earlier, police said the protesters could not end their march outside Cosatu House in Braamfontein. Instead it was agreed they would finish at least 50 metres away, on the lawns of the Joburg (formerly the Civic) Theatre.

The DA believes the youth wage subsidy will create at least 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans.

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  • Marion - 2012-05-15 12:02

    I hope that Craven means welcome in the way I would mean welcome.

      Smili - 2012-05-15 12:17

      ANC and COSATU are both disgusting undemocratic organisations! The world is watching as ANC and Cosatu bring democracy to it's knee's in SA! VIVA DA SUPPORTERS! VIVA DEMOCRACY! DOWN WITH THE ANC!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 12:28

      Good day Queen Marion,

      Press - 2012-05-15 12:33

      Hey old Patrick Craven - you have already lost the argument - it wasnt about physical strenghth in the first place - rather about a lack of bandwith in your let them eat cake organisation . . .

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 12:34

      Smili are u one of the DA internet protesters, ANC is here to stay.

      Press - 2012-05-15 12:38

      C'mon Patrick whats your plan for employment - to make it more and more difficult for entrepeneurs to employ people, to close of any avenue towards a vibrant economy where small scale companies can actually survive the labour laws and red tape - nationalising the mines and replacing all those with work with others until they have been run into the ground - c'mon - tell us . . . .

      Peter - 2012-05-15 12:43

      @Tamaranui - obvious troll is obvious

  • Zion - 2012-05-15 12:05

    This looks like a recipe for disaster.

  • The-third - 2012-05-15 12:07

    HOOLIGANS. ****** retards. I think next time Cosatu march we should also pelt them with stones. This being a politically tolerant nation obviously.

  • Jason - 2012-05-15 12:08

    Mini Civil War?

  • Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:09

    Live tweet from @carienduplessis: “@carienduplessis: DA guy hurls stone in Cosatu direction but Cosatu has already hurled stuff too I think. Objects flying. Panic #DAmarch” It's not safe out there. Hope no one gets hurt.

      Christopher - 2012-05-15 12:12

      Well I am glad th DA supporters are not turning the other cheek! You have to fight fire with fire, and I hope this ahows that the DA is no push over...go DA!

      Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:32

      @Christopher - they certainly aren't.

  • Pule - 2012-05-15 12:10

    I disagree with DA,we got more than 3 million graduates in S.A.3 of my friends go Degree in Geology and they even struggle to fax for job application.fax to 086 is more than R5.00 per page.We need that money to assist us while we travel to the interviews,internet,newspaper and to fax.In S.A you need money to get a job.

      Jason - 2012-05-15 12:13

      Why don't you help them by e-mailing their applications for them?

      Smili - 2012-05-15 12:18


      Press - 2012-05-15 12:44

      @Pule - you have no bandwith - otherwise you would use it . . .

  • Carol - 2012-05-15 12:12

    Ok now, Please explain "We are here to welcome the DA when they arrive" *Cosatu members stormed the march, and rocks were thrown* Um a little confused Hey what's it to be? The welcome or the rocks? Or is it just bad journalism?

      Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-15 12:14

      Thats a warm welcome to an enermy....

      Alan - 2012-05-15 12:24

      Cosatu - Just a stone's throw away!

      Bryan - 2012-05-15 12:38

      @Cedric Papa... You are an enemy to your own brain..ignorant fool..!!!

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-15 12:12

    Viva cosatu....Viva

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 12:40

      Why don't you rather sing Viva Democracy and down with Racism?

  • Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:13

    Another live tweet - “@phillipdewet: Rocks in both directions, police armour intervenes. Flash-bangs used on #Cosatu crowd. #DAMarch”

      Alan - 2012-05-15 12:24

      looks like Cosatu are scared of the DA....

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-15 12:13

    The DA knows the mentality of Coastu members. When they march there are rubbish bins overturned and passing motorists pelted with stones. I have personally witnessed a Cosatu march and it is not pretty. So unless the DA planned to be martyrs for their cause, they should not have marched to Cosatu. Rather meet them in the board room and engage them in the media. But you do not take them on on their turf, viz the streets, you will lose.

      Hendrick - 2012-05-15 12:22

      DA should be more careful. They are marching for the Youth Job subsidy for the unemployed youth, but the same unemployed youth can attack them at the Cosatu house

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 12:17

    Tweets are not factual evidence......sounds more like the nasty DA politicking from past episodes.

      Jason - 2012-05-15 12:20

      Pity that COSATU members don't have the intellect to tweet back.

      Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:26

      I would tend to believe people tweeting from the scene, if the hashtag (#) contains the same version of the story.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 12:37

      Good for you Salee' however if I am not physically at the scene , It is all hearsay, They said it and I heard it. This does not make it fact.

      Peter - 2012-05-15 12:39

      Sounds like you are afraid of accepting the truth. When we see the news tonight with Cosatu supporters throwing rocks you will be silent again. Stop trolling no one cares about you

      Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:48

      I understand, Tamaranui. F Y I, a lot of the tweets that I have seen are accompanied by pictures.

      Byron - 2012-05-15 13:02

      Follow the M&G tweets - they're professionally and reliably unbiased as usual. Their tweets reveal a more complete picture as opposed to those wearing their political party hats underneath their journo hats. None of the members on COSATU side seem to be tweeting? lol, no twitter accounts? Embrace tech guys, you can also flood the internet with your bias and pass it off as the truth

  • The-third - 2012-05-15 12:18

    Do the math: If you want R5000 per month to do a job but can only get that job at R3500. Will you then rather have R0 than R3500? LOGIC, FFS, says you take the R3500 and then prove value to the company so you can earn long term success.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-05-15 12:20

    "And rocks were thrown". Savagery prevails!

  • Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:21

    What the JMPD have done: “@carienduplessis: JMPD tape now divides the DA retreat from Cosatu advance. There's a no-man's land inbtwn #DAmarch”

      Alan - 2012-05-15 12:28

      The JMPD have it taped?

      Dave - 2012-05-15 12:31

      Thanks Salee, better updates than this site!

      Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:54

      Pleasure @Dave

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-15 12:25


      Jason - 2012-05-15 12:30

      Ok, we all know you are capable of chanting slogans with the same racist rhetoric. Please now just tell us in 1 sentence why you oppose a youth wage subsidy that has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs?

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 12:45

      When a little intelligence is required, and proves too much for people like you, then you resort to the same old racist slogans and rhetoric of a by-gone era. Can't you be original? Have you had any new thought process at all since 1994? Nothing? You poor thing, you really are lost in History.

      Pieter - 2012-05-15 12:47

      Dude its time to wake up...

      Press - 2012-05-15 12:49

      LAst time I looked most of the world were Capitalist - even Russia - COSATU politics a cultural leftover of the Junior minded . . . . ?????

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-05-15 12:49

      @Jason, Cedric probably just opposes whatever COSATU/ANC opposes without even knowing what it's about. Because, you know, Viva ANC and stuff. I guess that's what happens when you follow blindly.

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-15 12:58

      @Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla, you are a blind brainless moron. don't you know that the former NP joined the ANC, so now the ANC are Racist.

      Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-15 13:02

      Thats not job creation,its a human trafficking,its slavery,u all know that subsidisin is just away of stealing for labors.....i dnt believe DA can get away with this

  • Ben - 2012-05-15 12:25

    I support DA's guts to protest but COSATU is n barbaric bunch. They will become violent. They don't understand a thing and don't respect freedom of speech.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-15 12:34

      Exactly. And as much as the DA can argue that it is their democratic right to march (and they would be 100% right), do you really want your 100's to be taken on by 1000's in a street fight? As much as I admire Zille for leading the line, this act will only serve to heighten tensions between the groups. It will also heighten racial tensions in SA.

      Press - 2012-05-15 12:54

      @vernon - you are a true racist . . .

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-15 13:39

      Oh, didn't realise that! Racist against blacks or whites?

      Press - 2012-05-15 13:55

      @Vernon - racist in giving credence to an argument that the DA should not have marched (they are guilty) because by doing so they are worsening racial relations

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-15 14:56

      The sad reality is that people associate DA with whites and Cosatu with blacks. Which in itself is silly as most of the DA marchers today were black. But there you have it - you cannot account for the way some people think. On that basis, the march today has fuelled racial hatred amongst Cosatu members. You need look no further than the racist comments on this report to see that. And the last thing you want in this country is to fuel hatred amongst 3 million angry unemployed black people, who are quite happy to follow militants such as Juju. So sorry if my concern based on logic and reason has come across as racist.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-05-15 12:26

    Much respect to Halen Zille,she fears nobody,she's leading the protest in down town JHB

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-15 12:44

      Very true, but will she accept responsibility if there are fatalities today? Then there will be a whole lot of finger-pointing and mud-slinging between the DA and Cosatu. If you want to fight a wild animal, you do not fight it in the jungle. You lure it out and fight it in an unfamiliar environment.

      Press - 2012-05-15 12:56

      @Vernon - I am sure she will accept responsibility if she hurts someone or hit someone with a stone . . .

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-15 12:29

    Well Done DA where is my BLUE T-Shirt?

  • dyani.monde - 2012-05-15 12:31

    Some of us are really cheated by labour brokers, we can't even go to work everyday because we can't afford the transport. While DA Youth (DASO)is transported by Gautrain to march against policies of Cosatu that protects quality jobs. This is really a Joke !!!

      Peter - 2012-05-15 12:37

      Then ask your COSATU to give you a ride on the train

      Jason - 2012-05-15 12:38

      Youth wage subsidy has NOTHING to do with labour brokers!!! They want to help employers pay the salaries of interns which will encourage companies to employ more staff. Get it now????

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-15 12:32

    DA members do not vandalise and become violent during protests. COSATU should learn one or two things from this march instead of throwing stones on other citizens. Viva you and your union have lost dignity

  • Phumi - 2012-05-15 12:37

    I wonder how much of tax payers money and government resources were wasted on this self-promotional exersize of Helen Zille? When did she start caring for the poor or is it just another compaign for big business to get free bail-out in the form of grants from government?

      Deon - 2012-05-15 12:42

      None, she is not part of gov. (yet).

      Bryan - 2012-05-15 12:43

      Ok Phumi.. With that completely idiotic rant you have just proved that you are one brain cell short of a pot plant! The D.A does not use tax payers money for their protests as they do not have access to it... get it, they are not the government, they use their own funds... You are a twat!!!

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 12:47

      If you're an ANC supporter, you really shouldn't talk about Tax payers money and Government resources. You guys wrote the book on wasting Tax Payers money.

      Sean Steyn - 2012-05-15 12:55

      the DA is a right wing party therefore when they march and hold events the money that is used is from donations and sponsors they do not use our tax money you getting ANC and DA mixed up, ANC use our tax for every they do and they are not shy to use more then is needed...

      John - 2012-05-15 12:56

      Phumi, when did the ANC start caring for the poor. Massive salaries paid to incompetent council managers who are more interested in for looking at expensive cars than service to the people.

      Shayne - 2012-05-15 13:19

      This just shows the general education of the ANC supporters. It actually also goes a long way in explaining why our education itself is in shambles. Perhaps an uneducated population favors the ANC? Because that way the uneducated masses keep voting for them. An educated population would know otherwise...

  • Bheki Nas - 2012-05-15 12:40

    Only few white folks...stupid march...zille ask taxi drivers to join you...time waisted..goin back home#angry#

      Press - 2012-05-15 13:01

      This march will be a game-changer . . . soon people will start to debate why COSATU is against policies that could assist and lead to employment of the youth - also try and compute that the DA will soon be a majority black party - and Bheki-Nas will still be hiding in some political relick from the communist/apartheid era.

  • Saleé - 2012-05-15 12:52

    Follow the http: link to see a picture of a reporter actually hit by a rock. NICKolausBAUER: Just been hit with a rock in the #DAmarch crossfire. The price you pay for trying to report the truth.

  • Chris - 2012-05-15 13:01

    13:00pm. DA marchers retreat to Beyers Naude Square to regroup. Tear gas deployed; it is unclear who it was launched at or by whom.

  • Jason - 2012-05-15 13:15

    #DAMarch Apparently The Avengers are now on the scene and order has been restored. The Hulk is looking a bit green with envy because all the little black barbarians seem to have stolen his brainless rage.

  • Jessica - 2012-05-15 13:45

    Gee cosatu could you at least PRETEND to be civilised human beings instead of rock throwing savages? Good luck DA, I'm with you all the way on the civilised side, although I fear trying to bring order to africa is a bit of a lost battle, clearly the african way is a circus.

      Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-15 13:58

      Pretend to who? Da? Nah we rather pretend to koisans....

      Jessica - 2012-05-15 16:41

      You are disgusting

  • Danny - 2012-05-15 14:36

    What A disgrace to SOUTH EAFRICA whilst the whole world is watching such a disgusting and un-orderly behaviour from unruly COSATU members. For a second do they know what do they want and what course they are fighting for?

  • KG009 - 2012-05-15 16:11

    DA is not doing right they were spousd to march to anc office nt cosatu's office!

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