DA turns down Cosatu protest invite

2012-03-05 09:13

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has turned down an invitation to join a Cosatu-led protest against labour broking and e-tolling in Cape Town's CBD, according to a report on Monday.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich had invited the DA to join since it too disagreed with e-tolling, the Cape Times newspaper reported.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said that although its members were welcome to join, the party had chosen other ways to oppose the tolling of highways.

"We won't join them in an official capacity. We have decided to go the court route," he told the newspaper.

Ehrenreich revealed on Sunday that the planned march on Wednesday would likely attract 30 000 people.

It is scheduled to start at 10:30 at Kaizergracht in the city centre and end at the gates of parliament where a memorandum will be handed over to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

  • Warwick - 2012-03-05 09:18

    Step up to the plate and bat DA.

      Piet - 2012-03-05 09:30

      Nope because next week Cosatu is going to play the tune that 35 000 people pitched up to complain about labour brokers. And the toll roads are going to take second stage in the whole matter. I must give credit to Cosatu to put both of these issues in one strike.....

      Ian - 2012-03-05 09:36

      200 off 50 balls

      Jacqueline - 2012-03-05 09:37

      The DA should take hands with COSATU on this matter. Helen, wake up

      christian.helberg - 2012-03-05 09:49

      @Jacqueline, I agree with the DA's decision. Cosatu's main focus is the banning of labour brokers, they are using the etolling as a "bumper" to increase the number on the protest.

      PB - 2012-03-05 09:58

      Piet + Oceanh, you are so right!!!

      JasonEye - 2012-03-05 10:24

      DA has made the right decision, COSATU are after the labour brokers, and are using e tolling to drum up support!

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-05 10:35

      Foolish. Missing out on a prime political situation.

      John - 2012-03-05 12:45

      And when the COSATU strikers trash the centre of Cape Town.... who they going to blame?? We have very short memories when it comes to the damage to property by the ill disciplined marchers. And each and every time the unions wash their hands claiming that it "wasn't their members". That trouble makers are "planted" in the crowd. And how can anyone support a movement not only calling for the teachers to strike, but also the school pupils.

      Jean - 2012-03-05 15:31

      The ANC doesn't give a .... about protesting, take them on in court cos that is when the ANC listens!

  • myfriendshane - 2012-03-05 09:26

    A great opportunity for "Saam werk" is lost. Da is dossing on this one.

      Andres - 2012-03-05 09:39

      They can't, because then the DA is also officially supporting a banning of labour brokers. They do not support their wholesale scrapping and thus it would be hypocritical of them to join. COSATU mixed e-Tolling with Labour Broking, so the DA's hands are tied.

      Willie - 2012-03-05 10:58

      @ Andres correct there should be a different march directed at labor brokers

  • johangro - 2012-03-05 09:28

    DA shouldve joined in. Getting Cosatu on your side can unseat the ANC. Great opportunity lost. Cosatu and DA can soon start looking at joining. Cosatu lately closer aligned to the DA than the ANC.

      Garth - 2012-03-05 09:51

      Johan, you are living in cloud-cuckoo land. Cosatu is the anc is cosatu.

      Eric - 2012-03-05 09:55

      Johan, I'm sure that you are well meaning but have you ever considered visitibg planet Earth?

      JasonEye - 2012-03-05 10:33

      You are missing the point, COSATU is a Trade Union not a political party. Although very often they get involved with politics. Labour brokers good or bad take power away from COSATU over their members. Its all about business.

  • Bongani - 2012-03-05 09:28

    politics claude everything.

  • Willem - 2012-03-05 09:29

    two houses alike in inequity.. COSATU won't join the DA in the court room and the DA won't joing COSATU at the picket line

  • Kala - 2012-03-05 09:30

    COSATU approached the DA!!!! No wonder there are cyclones in the area. The DA should be welcome the oppertunity to protest against the ANC with the ANC's biggest ally.

      Garth - 2012-03-05 09:54

      Negative, negative, negative! This is not the DA's show! This is cosatu's. Any involvement by the DA, allying themselves with the economic terrorists, will be seen a victory for the useless, worthless anc.

      Kala - 2012-03-05 10:33

      Garth - That would be so if it was the DA approaching COSATU. But for COSATU to approach the DA isn't that a different story?

      JasonEye - 2012-03-05 10:34

      And they are not going against the ANC, they are striking against Labour Brokers and E tolling which is a farce!

      Hugh - 2012-03-05 10:44

      Garth, your approach to economic terrorism is valid, when you have a legitimate government, look to the Arab Spring, economic terrorism or a cry for freedom from dictators? Evil will prevail when good men do nothing.

      Hugh - 2012-03-05 10:46

      @ Garth "It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man's life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence."

  • Matlose - 2012-03-05 09:43

    Let's just agree that Zuma has failed the country drastically. He even emphasized his failure by influencing ANC DC decision over Malema my president because he fears him. Gwede and his president Zuma are running the country like their families without thinking about the poor. Useless And meaningless SACP is very quite because Blade the irrelevant in SA politics is at a comfort zone wearing ties and suits these days. DA do not join the moron VAVI because people won't see the difference. Do your stupid things alone. SA politics is messed and stuffed up since Zumaniser the shower man took over, Showerman is troubling us, only Malema can emancipate us from this mess.

      Kala - 2012-03-05 10:07

      Is this the same Malema who withdrew R3 million from his bank account and spent a large percentage of it on Gucci clothing. When will you "youth" see that whilst he has made millions as ANCYL President he has given NOTHING back to the people he claims to be fighting for. I personally think Malema was the best thing that happened to the DA.

      Kala - 2012-03-05 10:11

      Here Motlose go read the story about your "hero"

      Jason - 2012-03-05 10:58

      Yes Malema will... Malema will steal all your families land and claim your families pension, destroy the economy,destroy all businesses, nationalise the mines for his own so he can buy a new jet, a few Ferrari's and party at your expense....Nice Plan

      Nigel - 2012-03-05 11:20

      vavi is coming for you & your puppet master, JM, the ANC is about to discover what mr Vavi is capable of, the ANC thieves time is up.

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-05 15:02

      @ matlose you are thick dude

      msendi - 2012-03-05 15:18

      If a political leader describes himself as a MILITANT, COMMUNIST/SOCIALIST, CHAMPION OF THE POOR, ALWAYS BLAMING THE COLONIALISTS AND THE WEST while driving range rover, living in a millionaires suburb. You must realize that you are fooled. History must teach us a lesson… Malema is a bomb waiting to explode…

  • elewies - 2012-03-05 09:47

    So typical of us whites... Complain, b!tch & moan the whole time but won't ever actually do something about a situation. Protests have their place in a democracy and I believe this is an issue we should protest against

      Garth - 2012-03-05 09:57

      You support the banning of labour broking? The DA is taking the correct stand and at the same time is not contributing to the 8.2 billion Rands in losses that our country shall incur as a result of this socialist foolishness. AND THE DA IS NOT A `WHITE' PARTY!

      Piet - 2012-03-05 09:58

      Elewies my boy, we are much more cleverer that Cosatu. They want to ban labour broking and is using the e-tolling a a protest platform. Do you not see this cunning plan! The DA is quite right not to get involved....

      Andres - 2012-03-05 10:28

      There is space for civil-disobedience in a democratic society where there's a governmental injustice. However, the way to handle this is not to bring the economy to a stand-still, only hurting ourselves and fellow South Africans. The best solution is easy: Just don't get an e-Tag; it'll create a logistical nightmare for SANRAL, even if there's amended road traffic offences laws. They can't summons/arrest every car-owning resident of Gauteng.

  • Piston - 2012-03-05 09:48

    Nope...i would not want the DA to associate with COSATU on many levels and this is one of them. COSATU would love DA support to validate themselves...if it had to happen then whats stopping COSATU from biting the DA's ass further down the line? If it was only about holding hands against tolls then fine. COSATU are so full of agendas i would doubt even they know what to stand for and as for Tony....what a wop!

      Garth - 2012-03-05 09:58

      hear, hear!

  • Eric - 2012-03-05 09:54

    Very sensible for DA to avoid the rather obvious trap set by COSATU. Te DA is not stupid enough to support the banning of labour brokers whereas joinging the march on the prectext of opposing tolls would have created the impression that DA was also opposed to brokers. No idea why so many posts are 'angry' with DA! Do you really think Cosatu gives a toss about anything other than their own members at the expense of everyone else and especially the unemployed?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-05 10:08

    If I read it correctly the DA will not do it in a official capacity, but told their supporters that they are welcome to join. In other words they do not shut the idea down, but neither can they embrace that why already choose to go to court. There can be a few reasons for that. The fact that the DA already committed officially to the court way. The fact that Cosato march for two reasons and the DA do not want to be part or fully commit on action against one. Another reason can also be that when officially put two opponents into one camp you loses the amount of angles that you attack from. It does give the impression of solidarity, but reduce the fronts on defending for the opposition. To down right handle a march or to get involve in a long complex and time consuming court process is not the same. We all know gov. do not like last metioned one. Than there can also be the point that if now supporting officially an acceptance for future can be create. What Tony now should do is to invite the voters of all combinations in society and state that he understand that the DA cant officially join them, but that the DA have no problem with his supporters to support the march. This action will secure the DA on its point, but also let the people feel free to join the march.

  • Ruan - 2012-03-05 10:17

    Funny that Tony wants to take to the streets now, but when he had a chance to vote against e-tolling in council as ANC party leader in Cape Town, he declined (with all his other ANC comrades). Pick a hat Mr Ehrenreich and stick to it..

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-05 10:19

    Why bother inviting da

  • guiltyalexis - 2012-03-05 10:27

    Hi, my builder here in Cape Town used the strikes as an excuse this morning (monday 5 March) for not being able to get labour and therefore not coming through to finish my floors. Is he taking me for an idiot or is there some kind of pre-strike action that certain groups take?

      Eric - 2012-03-05 10:32

      Maybe he is a labour broker!

      Heibrin - 2012-03-05 11:30

      Or maybe he didn't use a labour broker?

      Dawood - 2012-03-05 11:52

      or maybe he needs a break 4rn seeing you..LOL

  • Phumi - 2012-03-05 10:38

    DA will never take a stand on anything affecting the poor. They are there to defend the super rich and wealthy and not the working class!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 10:50

      LOL!! Ok Phumi, did you wake up grumpy this morning?

      Nigel - 2012-03-05 11:21

      keep on dreaming, you have no idea of whats really going on, do you?

      Dawood - 2012-03-05 11:58

      @ Phumi.. very you ever see the white folk at even human rights marches..they only picket or march if they are to gain..and even when they have issues and need to march,they leave it to the black folk to do their dirty work by picketing..thats gross and evil..i'm not anti-white,but thats just the way they are..

      Piston - 2012-03-05 12:03

      Don't agree. It's in everyones interests to uplift the upliftable poor. It's a no brainer.Maybe what you would like to see is the cake being divided instead of making more cake?

      Eric - 2012-03-05 13:18

      @Phumi. Please! These are just tired, discredited cliches of the failed left and are devoid of all meaning/content!

  • vattamarco - 2012-03-05 10:48

    Terribly disappointed in the DA. I understand that court action is a viable means to approach the situation but it is a very time-consuming process and the voice of the public needs to be heard immediately with regards to this matter. What happened to the principle of standing united against oppression (I feel this is the correct terminology)?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 10:51

      Cosatu are marching primarily against labour brokers... They will use the DA to drum up support.. The DA are oppossed to the disbandment of labour brokers. The DA and cosatu are in conflict with this, why would the DA march then? Come on, use that grey matter between the ears lad!

      vattamarco - 2012-03-05 11:54

      @PointBlank: I understand your comment and it is a valid one. What I am referring to in my post is with regards to the e-tolling and not the action against labour brokers. It is not right on the part of Cosatu to use the e-tolling as a means to lobby people for a strike against labour brokers.

      Alex - 2012-03-05 12:49

      My initial reaction these were that the DA were incorrect in distancing themselves from this march. It is so vital for those opposing the tolls to be united as one collective entity. One united front is far better and powerful. Pointblank after reading your comment, I must say I now agree with you completely. I didn't consider the labour broker issue and when participating in a protest, there must be complete agreement on the issues being protested against. All must agree entirely on the purpose/s of protest.

  • TaSaqz - 2012-03-05 10:58

    Since political democracy started functioning in SA in 1994 up to this far, with all the legislation in place, the Basic Conditions of Emloyment Act, the Employment Equity Act, ... Do we still need labour unions? What's so wrong about employment agencies? Even the government uses employment agencies to fill up posts in government. Oh, let me correct myself: Labour Brokers is the issue, not Employment Agencies! Eish!

  • pws69 - 2012-03-05 11:06

    I would join an e-tolling strike, but certainly not a Ban Labour Brokers one. COSATU are being disingenuous by linking the two. Good call DA.

      Eric - 2012-03-05 13:19


  • Nigel - 2012-03-05 11:18

    wow this is a turn around for Erenreich, not so long ago our friend Tony & his new best friend JM were in in Khayelithsa, insulting the DA about the toilets & calling Helen Zille a witch & a racist. Maybe his boss Vavi, told him to make friends with Helen now that his NBF is about to be arrested for stealing money from the poor.

  • pastorran - 2012-03-05 11:39

    We need to make the teaching of Ethics and Morals compulsory in our schools and universities. This is the only solution to stop corruption and saving our economy. Without the fear of God in a nation we shall just be wasting our time fighting and striking. Corruption is the #1 threat to our economy and it is not a political or institutional issue>>> It is a moral disease. We need to bring the fear of God back and teach people how to love and care for one another. The Church needs to stand up for justice and to be the voice for the hurting people. There are enough resources to go around in this nation and no one is suppose to be poor.

  • vattamarco - 2012-03-05 11:50

  • Chaapo - 2012-03-05 12:55

    That is the way to go - to use the legal avenue to fight it - not spend energy and time toitoing when you are not doing something which yields tangible results. Don't be surprised at COSATU though - they are dinosaurs who cannot be responsive to changes and the toitois are all they can offer.

  • Yolenda - 2012-03-11 10:05

    I am not suprised!!

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