Don't march, ANC asks DA

2012-05-14 18:35

Johannesburg - The ANC has urged the opposition Democratic Alliance not to march to Cosatu's headquarters on Tuesday, saying this will "heighten unnecessary tension".

"If the DA has any view regarding the issues of labour brokers and youth wage subsidy, our contention is that they must engage with Cosatu rather than being confrontational and provocative," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement on Monday.

"The only way, in our view, that any of the parties can influence one another and even influence government around these matters is through meaningful engagement."

The DA plans to march over job losses, spokesperson Kelly Miller said earlier.

"The march is to protest against the trade [union] federation's continued opposition to the youth wage subsidy, a policy that could create an estimated 423 000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans," she said.

'Boggles the mind'

Mthembu said the decision to march was "ill-informed and opportunistic".

"We would like to remind the Democratic Alliance that Cosatu is not a public service institution, but... a private workers' federation.

"It therefore boggles the mind why the DA would march to a private institution that has no legal authority with regard to the implementation of government policy and policy direction."

Miller said Cosatu had become the key stumbling block to job creation.

DA leader Helen Zille, DA youth leader Makashule Gana, the party's parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and its national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane would lead the march.

It is scheduled to start on Beyers Naude Square at 10:45.

Marchers would proceed along President, Rissik, Jeppe, Sauer, Melle, Stiemens, and Simmonds streets.

Defend Cosatu

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called on all workers to help it defend Cosatu against the DA.

"We welcome this class provocation and we will grab this opportunity to be frontal against white monopoly," it said in a joint statement on Sunday.

"We call on the workers and the youth to occupy the streets outside Cosatu House on Tuesday. We cannot allow the DA to mock us.... They now want to spit on the shield of the black and African working class."

It said the DA was a "representative of white monopoly capital and apartheid apologists".

On Tuesday, Numsa would be joined by the Progressive Youth Alliance, the African National Congress Youth League, the SA Students' Congress and the Young Communist League of SA.


"This DA march marks the beginnings of an open class warfare that will characterise the South African landscape," it said.

"We also view this open class warfare as a reflection of the deepening class antagonisms in our society."

DA spokesperson Pierre-Charl du Preez said the party had noted the statement by the affiliate unions regarding the march.

"We have also noted their implicit threats of violence, their declaration of open political warfare, and their promise to mobilise their members to meet us at Cosatu House."

He said the statements were "blustering threats" and attempts to draw attention away from their "indefensible opposition to the youth wage subsidy and their own hypocrisy".

"We are not distracted or intimidated by their provocations. If anything, it only strengthens our resolve to stand up for the right of all South Africans to access the economy, find work, and build a better life."

He said none of the affiliates had applied for permission to gather or march.

  • SaleĆ© - 2012-05-14 18:42

    "We welcome this class provocation and we will grab this opportunity to be frontal against white monopoly," it said in a joint statement on Sunday. - This is not funny.

      Kala - 2012-05-14 18:50

      Not funny indeed. I bet if there any form of violence it will be started by Cosatu members at their leaders bidding. They will then say they warned the DA.

      Rudi - 2012-05-14 18:57

      And then they will tell everyone it was started by the DA in the first place.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-14 19:06

      The truth is, DA supporters are too busy working and paying tax to march and get free lunches and tshirts like the ANC faithful.

      Sean - 2012-05-14 19:36

      Cosato can march when they feel like it , now the DA must not march , wtf ??

      Jack - 2012-05-14 19:39

      Strange, I look at the DA leadership and I see people of many races.

      Byron - 2012-05-14 19:41

      @Rudi of course it is - if you're unsure, go google the definition of 'provocation' or 'provoke' - this march to COSATU is a bowl full of stupid as they're well aware of how COSATU would intepret a march by any body of people to it's HQ. Anyone thinking this would result in a peaceful ending should exit their smoked-filled VW Kombi and come walk around in the real world.

  • Mark - 2012-05-14 18:42

    This could get ugly. Lots of pent-up frustration on the streets, not forgetting residual class-emnity.

  • Jason - 2012-05-14 18:43

    Nice. turning up the heat.

  • SaleĆ© - 2012-05-14 18:43

    "This DA march marks the beginnings of an open class warfare that will characterise the South African landscape," it said. - Not funny.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-14 19:04

      "The beginnings of a class war" if only that were true it would make sense. The ANC has been angling for this war for years, dirty, filthy, scheming, corrupts bstards.

  • merushan - 2012-05-14 18:45

    The only cards found in a ANC card pack is th Race card!

      lownabester - 2012-05-14 19:07

      Dont forget about The Joker:)))

  • Smili - 2012-05-14 18:45

    The DA is marching for the unemployed youth!!! The ANC and Cosatu are opposed to the this! SHAME ON THE ANC AND COSATU! T his is not about race! This is not about white capatilists! The ANC does not care for the people! They dont care for the unemployed youth! Look at how they treated their own youth league! The DA has a right to march... VIVA DA! ZILLE for president! VIVA Lindiwe Mazibuko and national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane! Didn't VAVI mention that the DA wasnt able to demonstrate during the etoll saga?

      Vaughan - 2012-05-14 19:23

      Love how NUMSA immediately made it about race. The fact remains, youth of all races are equally affected by jobless growth. And secondly its clear the trade unions realize that if this goes ahead and the unemployment rate starts going down they will have egg on their face as their policies don't work and just cost the country jobs.

  • Piet - 2012-05-14 18:47

    ANC, take a long F! When it suits you people may march? This only shows us that you are terrified that the DA might win...

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2012-05-14 18:49

    Let's march to Cosatu House. For the first time in his life, let Vavi receive the memorandum of demands.

  • Jean - 2012-05-14 18:51

    Screw you ANC!! What has cosatu done so far that benefits all SAfricans?! this is exactly why you are such a 'fudup' party cos you're slow to act on issues and you won't stand up against you supposedly allies that actually stands against the good of all of us SAfricans. If the DA steps on a few toes let them, actually I hope they crush the whole foot cos no progress has been made on job creation by you or any of your idiotic allies!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-14 18:52

    So its Ok for everyone else to march? But not the DA, Muppets

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-14 18:56

    For once i agree with Mthembu, DA is being unnecessarily confrontational, i am yet to sea a peaceful COSATU march and DA wants to confront them? GOOD LUCK

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-14 18:57


      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-14 19:42

      So cosatu is the only groupe aloud to march and nobody els is aloud. Is this wat you call democracy what the holly ANC cLaimed they have fight for? Hypocrats

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-14 21:24

      nettie, would it make sense to march to Shoprite because Pick n' Pay increased their prices? Bottom line, COSATU aint government, marching to COSATU house will be futile at best and confrontational at worst

  • downsideforsure - 2012-05-14 18:59

    Why can't COSATU just receive whatever memorandum DA hand over, or just let DA march? Does COSATU have to mobilise supporters against a DA march? Is COSATU threatening violence against a peaceful march and want to say it was the people who violently attacked peaceful marchers? COSATU must be very desperate to behave in such a paranoid way. The desperation became evident in calling DA a mickey mouse party. A party that democratically governs a province of the country being referred to as a mickey mouse!! COSATU has always been the voice of reason. It seems that voice is being lost. The country can only be poorer because of that loss.

  • eugene.vanes - 2012-05-14 19:05

    Strange how tis Anc racists can turn a thing to suit them.But if their action is to march ,burn,destroy and attack the whites is all ok.So give the DA a chance as this is now a democratic SA.Oh or is it not or only for the thieves and corrupt Anc.Bleed your ..........

      Goboza Mashaba - 2012-05-14 19:32

      why march to Cosatu not government? this is unnecessary confrontation and provocation. Cosatu is a private organisation. the nex thing cosatu will be marching inside Zille's bedroom and you know what will happen!!!

      EricksonTL - 2012-05-14 20:05

      ANC alliance? Cosatu has been sticking their collective noses into politics for a long time. If they were a private organisation, they should have shut up. Bottom line? The ANC and their racist cronies (YL, Cosatu et al) march against everything in this country. They march for sh1tm just to get attention, and keep the hate alive. More marches by the DA, and more vocal opposition to racism by the ANC and their bum chums is a GOOD thing.

      Mantsho - 2012-05-14 23:20

      @ Goboza could you please go back and read the article very well and understand why DA is marching to cosatu house.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-14 19:11

    ANC and COSATU (pathetic losers) are SCREWED on this !!....the DA are 100% correct and the ANC/COSATU HAVE TO DISAGREE .... because its not their idea. Bloody useless pigs!

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-14 19:13

    Jackson and his mates are the schoolyard bullies of politics. They can dish it out, but they can't take it. The ANC invented and perfected confrontational marches - they don't like a bit of their own evil medicine.

  • pkheswa - 2012-05-14 19:13

    Headless DA women, watch you don't get your fingers burnt!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-14 19:21

      Stupit peepoel

      deabreu - 2012-05-14 19:25

      Cosatu = The bad, the ugly and WORSE. Steve Biko death was brought to light by Hellen Zille during apartheid. Cosatu is misinforming (a portion of the stupid) public. The DA is a white party? Just because COSATU admits to "looking after" (a.k.a. misinforming and tricking) "black middle class workers", it does not make everyone else "white parties"! Helen Zille fought for truth and justice during apartheid and is doing it now as well!

      Johnny - 2012-05-14 19:34

      pkheswa - what does a "Fundraising Officer" do?? Steal tenders?? Oh and how did you become an IT manager?? Wait, it's your own little one-man business. Talk about headless!!

      Sean - 2012-05-14 19:42

      The DA women have more ``balls`` and brains than the whole ANC together !! I take my hat off to Zille and Lindiwe !!

      pkheswa - 2012-05-14 19:56

      @johnnydube, my i take pride in my achievements and my professional career cos i earned it and its non of your freaken business idiot. Nxa!

      CliveK - 2012-05-14 21:02

      Brainless ANC youth: Helen Zille has faultless credentials as an anti-apartheid activist, including sheltering ANC activists running from the SAP. She is undoubtedly as disappointed at the decline of the ANC since 1994 as many black people are.

      Oistar - 2012-05-14 21:28

      pkheswa: there is too much about you that conjures up a picture of sliminess. I would not like you whatever race you were

  • Gavin - 2012-05-14 19:19

    Fact that the ANC has viewed this march as an 'open class warfare' and have voiced their intention to be confrontational clearly shows they have completely and utterly, no 'democracy' left in them!! ANC is not fulfilling it's mandate at any level! They must go!

      Goboza Mashaba - 2012-05-14 19:24

      Gavin u didnt read! its Numsa and other youth organisations not ANC! so you must go!

      Piet - 2012-05-14 19:38

      The ANC MUST GO!

  • Bheki Nas - 2012-05-14 19:22

    Opposition party march to trade union office...only in south africa.!who came up wit the idea...

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-14 19:50

      It is becouse the ANC is weak and RULED by cosato

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-05-14 19:25

    So guess who is scared of Cosatu????? YES first guess right the "ANC" So it's true the tail is wagging the dog. he he he

  • hoogwater - 2012-05-14 19:32

    March, march, march.\r\n\r\nIt will help too mmarch. If everybody else march-they get rersults, march march march

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-14 19:37

    Now u know whos the boss, its time the da is put in its place, they must just keep barking on the sidelines.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-14 19:47

      You have no clu what this about. Have you ever heard about democacy. The you should know that Cosato and the ANC is wrong.

      carl.kirstein - 2012-05-14 19:57

      The unemployed must be put in their rightfull place... employed. I dont want to be robbed, hi-jacked or killed to feed another persons family... be they white, black or part of the infra-red spectrum. Education and mutual empowerment is the only way to go, else we are all screwed in the end.

  • jerry.pres - 2012-05-14 19:37

    What A fuc...g circus this coountry is.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-14 19:47

    "On Tuesday, Numsa would be joined by the Progressive Youth Alliance, the African National Congress Youth League, the SA Students' Congress and the Young Communist League of SA." There's more intelligence in a can of beans than in this bunch all put together.

  • Annette - 2012-05-14 19:48

    What side will the notorious Metro police take if there are problems? Me Zille must ensure international television coverage. The anc prez and mac are busy buying votes in Africa to expand the Empire. GO DA, GO! While you are there announce the Independence of the Western Cape!...... posted by john

      CliveK - 2012-05-14 21:09

      The Metros would probably have treated the marchers like they treat informal traders.

  • nomvete - 2012-05-14 19:52

    Trade Unions in South Africa have a history of militancy, if you look at the 1922 strike as well as the railway Strike of 1987 these trends of militancy were still prevalent. Even the latest public strike of 2010 they had visible trends of militancy though not as vivid as the above mentioned. If DA knows this, of which they do, they should not take on these guys it could get very ugly.

  • mduduziamadeus - 2012-05-14 20:04

    Great! It's pay back time for Zille because Vavi refused to join the DA. I like SA politics because it's so cheap

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-14 20:10

      Hahahahehehe o my you are so funny hahaha pey back time hohohahahehehe..........

      CliveK - 2012-05-14 21:07

      Damn right it's cheap - and nasty.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-14 20:10

    AGAIN COSATU is unable to logically debate an issue or tolerate others rights - have COSATU the holy rights to any form of opinion.....?

  • zybt99 - 2012-05-14 20:21

    Whoever thought of this is not the brighhtest spark. We are already in the midst of class warfare intelectually now we are openly provoking it. Its very mature that a political party decides to march to the offices of a trade union. What excatly is the intent?

  • Joe - 2012-05-14 20:27

    I must say that although the reasons may hold merit I am concerned of the consequences on the day. Things could turn very ugly here.

  • Sam - 2012-05-14 20:41

    I see blood in the streets of Braamfontein , IFP was also warned not to marsh to Shell Hse, innocent people died

  • CliveK - 2012-05-14 20:57

    For once I tend to agree with the ANC. I fully support the DA's reasons for their protest - Cosatu is the biggest cause of the unemployment crisis in this country - but we would hate to see the almost inevitable descent into violence as Cosatu and its allies try to stop the opposition exercising its democratic right. Such is the state of our much-vaunted democracy. Let me also remind the ANC that Helen Zille's efforts to "engage with Cosatu" have been crudely rebuffed.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-15 03:06

    The DA has a right to a peaceful march. However they should have taken their fight to the government particularly Treasury which failed to implement the youth wage subsidy policy as a result of opposition from Cosatu. Cosatu is a lobby group within the ANC cocktail. It is not part of government. We know that Mrs Zille is a smart politician, she wants to win the disillusioned youth and what a nice way of going about doing that via the selfish Cosatu's opposition to the policy. She knows th ANC bows to Cosatu over th policy, so she must capitalize.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-15 03:30

    The ANC knows that the unemployed youth is likely to be on the DA's side on this fight against the selfish union, and the ANC will have to take an awkward position because of it relationship with the union. The only way out for the ANC is to show leadership and do what is right, regardless of what Cosatu's preferences are, as we know their interests. Cosatu only cares about its premium base at the expense of the unemployed ppl...their illusion of 'decent jobs', is one example of how confused our unions are

  • Antwahn - 2012-05-15 10:14

    Don't march. Have mercy Pluheeeeez don't march! Kindly stop drawing attention to our failure to create jobs. And yes we know we, as the Alliance actually destroy them. But Pluheeeeez don't tell those imbeciles who vote for us.

  • thifulufhelwi.masala - 2012-05-15 11:34

    i m nt a DA surpota bt the youth isue is very srs once we turn against this govermermnt we wil make this country ungovernable

  • mbuso.tholly - 2012-05-15 11:38

    @smili it shows u r a political mushroom first and foremost there is nothing lyk D.A.youth league but they refer themselves as D.A.youth organisation.2ndly u refugees D.A. is nt fighting black youth to be exect bt fighting 4 their neo-riberal principles bt bcos dis:blacks hypocrites they lv gogo's they wld follow zille even when she is sh''''&

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-05-15 16:53

    how can anyone be free in South Africa? any person can walk at any area within South Africa. The D.A. are known across the world as a peaceful party. the law will take effect, and bring justice. yes! we have rights in this country. wie laaste lag, lag die lekkerste!

  • Sboh - 2012-05-15 17:27

    "We welcome this class provocation and we will grab this opportunity to be frontal against white monopoly," it said in a joint statement on Sunday Why on earth does everything has to be categorised as black or white? South African Politics is of the worst kind, I am struggling to understand why the DA had to March to the offices of Cosatu and failing to understand why NUMSA had to organize a counter march. Organizing a counter march could have lead to the death of many people. It is not like the DA marchers were going to torch the DA offices they were only delivering their memorandum. African People just need to get civilised. And COSATU are claiming a victory, I did not know that they could be that much stupid. They are supposed to be fighting the same unemployment monster that has ravaged this country but they instead prefer to tackle one another down. The people supposed to be claiming a victory are our corrupt government officials. The ploticians in this country can be disgusting. Sies

      Sboh - 2012-05-15 17:30

      It is not like the DA marchers were going to torch the offices of CoSATU.

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