DA to stay away from Cosatu offices

2012-05-15 10:42

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance has agreed to end its march on Cosatu at least 50 metres from the trade union federation's Braamfontein, Johannesburg building, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The party's Gauteng spokesperson Kelly Miller said they would work with the police and wanted to ensure the safety of all protesters.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said police would lead the march, scheduled to end on the lawns of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre.

The theatre is across the road from Cosatu's new Braamfontein headquarters.

"We did a security assessment and decided to reroute the marchers to a neutral venue," Minnaar said.

DA leader Helen Zille, youth leader Makashule Gana, parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane would be part of the march and address the crowd.

The march is to protest against Cosatu's opposition to the youth wage subsidy, a policy that, the DA says, could create 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans.

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  • Jack - 2012-05-15 10:50

    See News24 had a pic of the protesters riding on the Gautrain...hmmm...just the kind of people who will be advantaged by the proposed youth wage - the rich!

      Msika - 2012-05-15 11:04

      That was exactly my thoughts when I saw that picture @jackblack. DA is representing the rich and middle class poeple? No wonder the ANC is beating them "hands down" in those poor rural areas. Time you engage the poorest citizens of the country DA, else the likes of Zooomer will lead till kingdom come.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 11:12

      My thoughts exactly, some of us take taxis to a protest or even walk.

      martin.obrien1 - 2012-05-15 11:14

      So you are saying that people shouldn't use the Gautrain and people shouldn't have money and middle class should not fight for the poor? The ANC and Cosatu don't like being treated like they are treating the rest of the country, they are threatened and so stupid, that they start each argument with "The racist white minority" when they in fact just like to fill their fat pieholes! They are the most undemocratic and racist group in our country at the moment...

      Piet - 2012-05-15 11:30

      If you vote for the DA, they might be able to create more jobs than the ANC. Then you to can ride on the Gautrain to Polidonkey

      Smili - 2012-05-15 11:31


      Byron - 2012-05-15 11:45

      Attention: The toyi-toyi might start a little later than planned due to a few members forgetting their iphones, blackberries and few incidents of re-application of facial make-up and running repairs to heels. Please be patient as we try to track down a few comrade's contact lenses and press-ons

      Brett - 2012-05-15 11:54

      Reading comments from jackblack and Msika makes me realise that no matter how hard we try, this country is doomed. It is not possible to help those who cannot comprehend reality.

      sboh.s.memela - 2012-05-15 12:35

      @msika and blackjack, maybe that is a sign that in some way or the other the DA cares for its supporters because surely and most likely the DA paid for the gautrain where as the anc would have rather let their lower class citizens walk instead of providing for transport because they "care" more about the poor...wake up guys the anc isnt for the poor its for their own personal wealth,its time we see beyond black and white and look at the bigger picture

      Jarryd - 2012-05-15 12:48

      Its just ammusing that you pick-up on DA protestors travelling via public transport, but you'd be the first bunch to remain silent when ANC or cosatu officials arrive in merc's and BMW's at their destination....

      Peter - 2012-05-15 12:48

      @Brett agreed, they are so quick to complain about fuel and etolling but when someone tries to fix the situation its easy for them to sit back and b**ch

      Jarryd - 2012-05-15 12:49

      amusing* protesters*........neeeeeed coffee :P

      Jack - 2012-05-15 12:49

      @sboh - who said anything about black and white? I happen to be a white male. I'm not an ANC supporter, or a DA supporter. I personally wish that Vavi and co would get out of bed with the ANC and start a VIABLE opposition. The DA cannot and will never rule SA - they could form part of a ruling alliance, but would have to learn to work with others and not be so pro-big business. You try and get people to think outside the box on this largely right wing forum and you get labelled a racist...

      Brett - 2012-05-15 13:16

      Please point out where you were labelled as a racist.

  • zybt99 - 2012-05-15 10:55

    Just as a side point. Considering the number of people employed through labour brokers who would not lose their jobs as cheaper labour that is subsidiesed start. What will be the benefit? A 36 yr old family man would be unemployed as a 19yr old replaces him. The thing is due to labour broking there is a large number of people who are not permanantly employed. When companies start hiring people nd cutting down on brokerage use what then? Should we not be protecting employed people while looking to create employment?

  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-15 11:05

    This march is a joke,i heard theres less than 100 DA supporters. #Power to the people

      Jason - 2012-05-15 11:11

      Some of us are employed.

      Bomb - 2012-05-15 11:12

      and yet not one turned over rubbish bin, torn refuse bag, broken parking metre or vandalised shop, heh?

      Jason - 2012-05-15 11:15

      thats only because i wasnt there bomb. i would of gone mad. put tyres round ppls necks, smashed windows, raped farm animals the usual march rhetoric.

      Piet - 2012-05-15 11:20

      Jip Tsotsi_Baby. I have to work so you're children can get a grant each month!

      gerard.lindner - 2012-05-15 11:21

      I have seen some photos already and there are definately FAR more than 100 supporters, most of them non-white

      Freddie - 2012-05-15 11:30

      Omnes ANC fautores fasciculum inutilis stultus ignorant indoctis dolor fures.

      Msika - 2012-05-15 11:31

      @gerard.lindner "most of the non-white". That's the problem right there. where are the white protesters? sitting in their warm offices, having a warm cup of coffee, and toy-toying with their fingers and laptops through news24 and other online publications.

      Jason - 2012-05-15 11:33

      Hate to break this to you msika but you are here too.

      Smili - 2012-05-15 11:33

      tsotsi-Baby yOU UGLY LITTLE TROLL! I have a picture as well ;) It only has three people in it though! I think news24 will appreciate it.... Ill upload it later!

      Kala - 2012-05-15 11:35

      A comment from a fellow commentator: "@Jessica and Gestoffle. Tsotsi-baby, is non other than Vanish Naidoo a disgrace to the Indian population, alias Bluezulu, Blondezulu, Tamaranui Victor and Tamaranui. On a forum in NZ he calls himself plain Sheepshagger but they got wise to him and deported his sorry ass back here to pester and insult our intelligence.

      Wendy - 2012-05-15 11:40

      Tsotsi is it true?

      joshua.michau - 2012-05-15 11:44

      @Tsotsi-baby - you say #power to the people. Are white people also considered the people?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-15 11:51

      Kala Kala, I am not Tsotsi Baby Pienaar......hahhaahahahahaaa. Come-on now, Keep to the facts without Derogatory paraphernalia.....asseblief.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-15 11:15

    Having to stop 50M away from Cosatu's building once again just indicates how criminals and thugs dictate what we can and can't do, and how non existent our democracy is. And yet they think it's some sort of victory. How stupid can you get?

      Sean - 2012-05-15 11:40

      Spot on Nigel. To the ANC/COSATU regime, democracy means that only the majority have a right to speak. They have no idea what democracy actually means. To them it is just a route to power and once they are there they will do everything they can to undermine democracy.

  • Bomb - 2012-05-15 11:16

    During the next Cosatu/anc march, stay at least 10 metres away from a rubbish bin, liquor store, or foreign owned shop. Hows that for a deal?

  • Arthur - 2012-05-15 11:18

    Would like to see how many DA supporters actauly show up

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 11:29

      Most of its supporters are too Wealthy to show up, they rather protest online.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-05-15 11:30

      @Polo, and let me guess. Screaming, shouting and fighting is much more efficient? DAMN, YOU ARE STUPID!!

      Piet - 2012-05-15 11:32

      Polydonky, we are working so that we can feed all you're children every month with a state grant!

      Sean - 2012-05-15 11:43

      @ Poliodonkey. No, most DA supporters are to employed to go to marches. Somebody has to pay for all the free stuff the ANC give to their voters to keep their votes. I think we should start applying the "user pays" principle to things like RDP housing, state hospitals, schooling etc.

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 11:58

      We would all love to march, but we have to work to keep this stupid country out of the red, and feed 70% of the population who are too damn stupid and/or bone idle to make their own way in life.

  • The-third - 2012-05-15 11:25

    **** that. What's good for the goose and so on. if they want to march wherever they want then so can the DA.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 11:29

    I agree in principle with what the DA are fighting for here, but the idea of the march is stupid. We all know that COSATU won't budge. In a twisted ironic kind of way, the DA are fighting COSATU for a policy initiated by the ANC. Hahahaha, only in Mzansi.

      Marion - 2012-05-15 11:40

      @Gcwabe - As you say, it is in a twisted ironic kind of way. But isn't it a good thing to stand up for what you believe is right even if your political opponent is the one that thought up the idea?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 11:46

      Surely there were better ways to voice dissatisfaction on COSATU's stance other than this march. Just don't ask me to name them.

      Bomb - 2012-05-15 12:15

      Isn't that also applicable to all marches then, where infrastructure, property and even lives are destroyed for the sake of service delivery, salaries, etc, etc. We stay away from work to march against low salaries, yet risk not getting paid for the day???? We march to demand service delivery and facilities, then continue to burn down libraries, schools and damage roads during the same march??????? There are better civilized ways of addressing these issues, the DA is at least doing it in a peaceful way.For the DA, a protest march doesn't automatically mean to be given a t-shirt, get drunk, break, plunder, destroy and attack. These actions belong in a prehistoric neanderthal era.

  • Wendy - 2012-05-15 11:30

    There are only one member of parliament in that protes. where are others ? there are many whites in d.a parliament members but if the is a rally or protest thy don't paticepait at all.

      Piet - 2012-05-15 11:33

      Yes we are working my dear....

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-15 11:42

      Good question Wendy...

      Brett - 2012-05-15 11:56

      They are working so that you dont have to.

  • khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-15 11:33

    @ msika and blackjack the wage subsidy policy is about those youth who are unemployed your assertion that this will benefit the rich is total crazyness. how does someone who do not have access to a monthly salary be rich? if you want to play the race game blacks are the most affected by unemployment

      Brett - 2012-05-15 11:57

      Then Poly, blacks should be providing the majority of employment shouldnt they?

      Bomb - 2012-05-15 12:42

      Polio.....have you asked yourself why the majority of Africa is poor? How did the MAJORITY allow the MINORITY to apparently accumulate all the so-called wealth in the first place? You complain about this, yet its fine for the MINORITY to support the MAJORITY through taxes etc. Let me tell you the real story. The colonialist came and decided he is going to try and make a living. Where land was under the control of tribal chiefs, he exchanged/bought this land through various means like trading valuables, livestock and "European" novelties. This the chiefs accepted as a valid trade because he only considered the value of the trade in the short term, and thought, "What the hell does this white spirit want to do with this barren useless ground?" Then the colonialist decided to improve and develop the land. He worked and kept the land, every day, and discovered its riches. He developed these riches. He improved the land. Now the chiefs realize, that "Hauw, this man is clever, look, he used the land and became rich" Now rather than go and do the same to his land, he kept selling and giving the land to the colonialist in exchange for monetary rewards and luxuries, again only thinking about tomorrow, and not about next year. You get my drift. No-one stole your land, your forefathers traded it, there where they actually left their footprints. The riches didn't magically jump out the ground suddenly the day the white ghost appeared, it was always there, for thousands of years.

  • Frank - 2012-05-15 11:37

    They batter stay away if they dont want a big klap..

      Jean - 2012-05-15 12:09

      Is this how you see democracy, you blind little rat!!! You moan about no jobs and ag shame the poor but at the same time you don't support job creation!? Is it cos the DA is standing up the slow and useless anc?!

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-15 12:17

      Spelling! Another Idiot

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 11:38

    ANC busses its supporters to rallies whereas the DA sends theirs on the Gautrain Ya neh , Mzansi for sure

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-15 11:47

      Lol. Now that's that's what you call "class action".

      Brett - 2012-05-15 12:00

      At least the DA wont burn the trains.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 12:18

      @Brett The DA won't burn the trains but probably were against the Gautrain project to begin with , just like the world cup stadia project

      Bomb - 2012-05-15 12:47

      The DA spends its money wisely, unlike other parties and unions I know. If the anc didn't squander R20billion through corruption an luxuries, they could fly all their supporters in on private jets if they wanted to. But they cannot because.......why?

      Brett - 2012-05-15 13:14

      @Mgayi How much money are the stadia generating nowdays?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 13:46

      @Bomb they can't fly their supporters because their ANCestors won't allow it , si hamba phansi mfana

  • Bob - 2012-05-15 11:38

    My word... what a scary country... some should have rights and some not, some can march and others cant, some should be on the Gautrain, others not , some burn the trains and that’s OK, and others not... what the hell’s going on out there, mob rules or what...??? Now they want to fire 9000 police men on top of all the Who's doing the thinking..??

      Nigel - 2012-05-15 12:02

      I agree Bob. I don't think they're thinking at all, at least not long term.

      Bomb - 2012-05-15 12:57

      Treasury realized that they are carrying the costs of 20 000 unproductive, unqualified, overweight, unskilled, uninterested cops. After checking the books, they realized only 9000 were actual employees, the other 11000 were "ghost" appointees who doesn't actually exist, but whose salaries were funneled to the Ratanang Trust, where it was used to buy a farm, a couple of malnourished cattle, a three storey house in Sandton, clothes from "Big&Fat", and pay for an attempted brain transfer.

  • Mhlonso - 2012-05-15 11:42

    I am disapointed in the DA. Helen is now loosing focus. FOCUS!!! Madam Helen is so obsessed with Vavi she becoming like Vavi. Now it looks like I am not gonna vote. DA is also loosing focus, WE ARE DOOMED!!!

      Jean - 2012-05-15 12:06

      No need to lose faith, DA is standing up against the people who's stopping job creation... It is not about Vavi its about Cosatu and the corrupt anc not doing anything to create jobs!!!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 11:42

    If this was an AWB march , they would have went all the way into COSATU house and even managed to give Vavi 'n lekker agter klap like they did the bengal tiger at the world trade centre

  • Sipho - 2012-05-15 11:45

    Poor DA ,thinking that COSTU members like to mash the you mash they will join you shame Zile trying to be back at the white laidy skin singing Umqombothi

  • Frank - 2012-05-15 11:51

    Since when do White people know how to toyi toyi? Im goint to see this one

      Blaine - 2012-05-15 12:04

      DA is not a white only party, just look at their youth league leader. The DA is what this country needs.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-15 12:25

      Toyi toyi is only for cosatu and anc cronies to intimidate and to destroy durning the so called peacefull demonstrations.

  • Vincent - 2012-05-15 11:51

    \Whites\ marching against \Blacks\. What's next...\White\ female President? DA marching??? God forbid! 500m away from Cosatu building??? What a waste of much needed energy. Maybe Mazibuko will shed a few kilos while Zille trains for London marathon.# You got to love SA.

      Jean - 2012-05-15 12:00

      Your the only one with a few gullible idiots that believe the crap you're spewing...

      marthamp.mphara - 2012-05-15 12:05

      @ jean thought as much who else can say this beside you mxm...

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-15 12:09

      Stupit racist remark. The DA is for the poor and the workless. So if you think about wat they stand for you should join them instead of sitting in your work place talking nonsence.

  • Japana101 - 2012-05-15 11:56

    No hard feelings, I will support any party that will bring better life to me and the rest of S.A. I have been voting ANC, but I now doubt if they have the capabilites to improve the lives of people, especially in the townships. Just drive through Tembisa, or Alex. The evidence is everywhere. Neither am I saying the DA has got the capabilities. But definitely not this current ANC.What I am saying is maybe it could be IFP, AFP, the DA or some other party.

  • Neville - 2012-05-15 12:01


  • Simphiwe - 2012-05-15 12:03

    It seems that HELLEN ZILLE has a crush on Charmerboy ZWELINZIMA VAVI. She is hellbent on doing anything that draws VAVI's attention. PLz VAVI do something or take lessons from Msholozi.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 12:34

      the ZwelenZille saga continues

  • Pixie86 - 2012-05-15 12:06

    forget everything, i just want to see SA white folks toyi toying!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-15 12:13

      Maybe you will be suprise to see that the DA is a multy racial party.

  • Peter - 2012-05-15 12:51

    @kala - Just ignore the troll

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-15 13:21

    The emphasis here is that the DA has managed to get the message out about the rich Casatu leaders who want to prevent the youth of our country to empower themselves. Casatu want to ensure that the youth are enslaved to them and they stop the implementation of the youth employment subsidy because there is no money in it for them. They collect millions from workers every month but when the workers really need Casatu's help, as in the case of the Aurora debacle where rich ANC buddies were stealing the workers salaries where were the Casatu leaders? They were also eating sushi from naked white ladies at expensive parties. They were racing horses with stolen workers salaries. This Casatu-ANC alliance helps nobody except the Alliance ANC-ellite. Jobs are becoming less, companies don't want to hire, they don't want to expand and mining companies have become more and more mechanized with little or no need for workers anymore. A country is only as rich as its individual citizens, and South Africa has to find a way of putting money into the pockets of the youth so they can empower themselves and hopefully grow to empower others. The DA has done well to get draw attention to Casatu's nonsense policies and stone-walling. That is what a good opposition does and they are fulfilling their task admirably, they are doing it so well it almost seems like the ANC is the opposition. It is all poor governance by the alliance, without vision, without plans, without any wisdom.

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