Justice system favours whites: Cosatu

2012-05-23 14:28

Johannesburg - The South African justice system still favoured the rich and the white minority, Cosatu in the North West said on Wednesday.

The provincial Congress of SA Trade Unions was responding to the judgment handed down in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp  on Tuesday.

A teenager was acquitted of the murder of rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche in 2010.

Patrick Ndlovu was also found not guilty on the charge of attempted robbery, but was found guilty of housebreaking with the intent to steal.

However, his co-accused Chris Mahlangu was convicted on all three charges.

"As Cosatu we always said that the justice system of our country still favours the rich and the whites, that the poor are still oppressed and that the judiciary is failing to protect them," spokesperson Solly Phetoe said.

In a statement he said the union was disappointed in the judgment handed down by the court. It believed it was done without looking at all the circumstances the two found themselves in.

"As the federation in North West we are looking at the sentence and we will have to defend the farmworkers; even if it means we must die, we will do so," Phetoe said.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-23 14:33

    Cosatu and their prejudices and double standards.

      Henri - 2012-05-23 14:44

      where is that nugget i bought the other day, i need to rob a bank.

      Jeanne - 2012-05-23 14:45

      I like that Cosatu is in a position to question a court verdict. Innocent until proven guitly. They have been proven guilty end of story FULL STOP!!!

      Kala - 2012-05-23 14:46

      I had no idea that Shabir Schaik, Richard Mduli, Jackie Selebi, Tony Yengeni were rich whites!!!! Jeez I need to get out more.

      gouws2 - 2012-05-23 14:53

      we are being fav0ured cause were the inn0cent victims wh0 d0 n0thing wr0ng u @SS!!!!

      Geoff - 2012-05-23 14:55

      Only a thick ..... could a white murdered by a black as an example of a failed justice system!!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-23 14:57

      Sure Vavi ... unless you say put a Moegoe Moegoe into the courts .. then justice may be subject to some 'interference'. Let's see when Sanral and Co. get their next PK. But hey, why should anybody belioeve you Vavi? You change your tune with the wind.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 14:58

      Haha Kala - well said!

      Thandiwe - 2012-05-23 14:59

      Seriously COSATU? I hated Eugen Terreblanche, but even if an evil man is murdered, the murderer must be punished for the crime. Stop trying to stir people up - we can see through it!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-23 15:03

      @ gouws2 - You "o" on the keyboard broken buddy?

      Freddie - 2012-05-23 15:04

      So what should happen to murderers and criminals? What a bunch of bigoted, racist rubbish. What else would you expect from Cosatu?

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-23 15:05

      I once had respect for Cosatu and what they stood for... But lately they are coming forward as a bunch of racist pr!cks who are so far up Zuma's @ss its unbelievable! F%&k you Cosatu!

      Gordon - 2012-05-23 15:09

      Notice Cosatu now states "rich" and "white" as two separate items. Finally! There are many poor whites in SA as well. (Not as many as there are poor blacks, but would be interested to see a comparative ratio). Even better would be a comparative ratio of Indian wealth in SA. I agree that in SA the rich can get away with many things that the poor cannot. I disagree that it specifically favours whites because of the colour of their skin.

      Rob - 2012-05-23 15:11

      I wonder what would happen if a white oke had to do something like that to..... lets say Zoomer or VAVI!! Wonder if DA would come out with such an A@@hole comment like that. The minoroty dont go around butchering people everyday.

      Tax - 2012-05-23 15:31

      Cosatu has a long and proud tradition of making their members unemployable.

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-23 15:43

      i was going to read further until i saw it had to do with ET's murder... then i knew it was just racist BS turned around to make whites look bad... for a change!

      Surfing - 2012-05-23 15:49

      John - 2012-05-23 16:52

      So let me understand Cosatu, because the murderers are black and they are found guilty, justice favours whites? Sometimes this uniquely 'African' logic drives me insane.

      stanton.clarke - 2012-05-23 17:39

      LOL for you Zoolie!

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-23 14:34

    oh eff off really are a bunch of sour grapes

      Kala - 2012-05-23 14:47

      They will stand up for a murdering farm worker but will turn their backs on the farmers who do the employing.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-23 14:56

      Yeah Kala...its a classical story of 'biting the hand that feeds them'...and then they STILL complain that we arnt doing enough to employ more....hahahaha...they can voetsek

      Alan - 2012-05-23 14:59

      yeah - spill a drink on the "Head" and get nailed. Deface a 'head' and become a hero.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-23 15:13

      @Kala, what about the other farm workers who are also now unemployed...COSATU just can't hold an argument

  • Werner - 2012-05-23 14:35

    The rule of law......Some big pie in the sky for Cosatu!

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:00

      served on a flying saucer

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-05-23 14:36

    Cosatu has it half right in that it favors those with deep pockets irrespective of colour!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-23 14:38

    Vavi and Cosatu, the soviet answer to freedom. You people have no legitimacy and are nothing more than an irritation.

  • Pulverturm - 2012-05-23 14:38

    ***** off you bloody ****'s

  • hutchdebeer - 2012-05-23 14:38

    He is insane!

  • Bradley - 2012-05-23 14:38

    Reeeetttaaaarrrrdddsssss!!!! yes cause murder is ok....isn't it CO sour tooth...if that's the case.... I will gladly open my my old chest draw...boom boom pow!

      Bradley - 2012-05-23 14:46

      What Cosourtooth is saying, is that its ok to murder, do your trial but you are innocent because it was an AWB leader. Not that i support them in any regard but MURDER is MURDER...the words that come out of peoples

  • Sharon - 2012-05-23 14:38

    To Whom it may Concern It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that our Lady Justice is dead. She was viciously attacked and brutally murdered. The heartless assailants have been identified as Corruption, Nepotism and Greed. They will unfortunately not be prosecuted. Her protectors were not equipped, capable or competent to save her as she slowly bled to death. She will be sorely missed by the victims, and those no longer able to speak for themselves. May she Rest In Peace

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-05-23 14:39

    So, if you are black you can rape, murder and what ever and must be left alone? Just because you say so? Come stand in front of me and see waht happens!

  • The-third - 2012-05-23 14:41

    how do you figure, mamparra?

  • Jean - 2012-05-23 14:41

    Again cosatu with their racist remarks creating division amongst south africans! So strange that they didn't speak out against those singing kill the boer at ET's hearing... Double standards!

      Wilhelm - 2012-05-23 14:49

      Agreed. Their afraid of the majority and tries to undermine the minority. They aren't really doing a great job at it I must say. They are the once causing division and racism in the country and should be abolished by the government.

      Jean - 2012-05-23 14:58

      Exactly and the minority is at the moment very tolerant cos every time there's a majority vs minority incident those representing the majority quickly plays the race card. Day will come when minority will say enough is enough and then the gov will have a problem.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-23 15:58

      Wilhelm, the government is causing just as much, if not more racism & division in the country. Why would they abolish a comrade?

  • Johan - 2012-05-23 14:42

    So Cosatu is saying the a person must be aquitted if he is extremely poor? That is now like placing a cost on a life.

  • Will - 2012-05-23 14:42

    This is BS! I would be surprised if there is one white face among the 35k to be released!

  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-05-23 14:43

    I can't imagine how being white or black or rich or poor has anything whatsoever to do with this Murder case. The murdered person can't use their race or wealth to attack or defend once dead???

  • RemoteMedic - 2012-05-23 14:44

    Excuse me but where does a guilty verdict favours whites?

  • Timothy - 2012-05-23 14:44

    Ya.. cos whites don't commit the majority of crimes in this country. No brainer, shot for stating the obvious!

  • izak.greyling - 2012-05-23 14:44

    So Cosatu defends blacks murdering whites. Who has benefitted the most from medical and presidential parole,not whites. This is clear proof that the violent,murderous,criminal element in south africa mostly lies with cosatu's supporters and due the triparty aliance with the anc as well.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-23 14:45

    You murder someone, you pay! So whats there to argue about? Since you talking racism, why must a black man always resort to violence if he can't get his own way (I'll exclude the few intelligent ones out there who have a brain)

      monkinsane - 2012-05-23 16:01

      Ansie that is extremely racist, I happen to know a lot of good people, true they are in the minorities - but don't generalize - that makes you no better than COSATU

  • Matthew - 2012-05-23 14:45

    Racist corrupt Bullsh*t yet again all cosatu does it point the finger at everyone else Oh but wait,now its the rich whites that are defeating the justice system.. get real dude,stop lying to the people. All you guys do is talk talk talk but never back your so many words and promises.but hey,its easy to just point the finger at someone else. Its the blame the rich whites race card YET again.can you guys really just not find anything else to go with? are you all so pathetic and desperate that this is the only card you can play? you break the laws openly,and justice if never dealt to you or anyone else as far as the anc and taxi drivers goes.why are you so special and yet justice must be served everywhere else except you guys. The people are getting tired of the same nonsense being spoken again and again.find something genuine to go on with or stop wasting our time and close your frot bek,please. Cosatu claims to fight for the people. Now those people are mainly the unemployed,right? (i'm not sure,so i'm asking,anyone?) yet you guys hold back from creating jobs,you hold back from obeying the law that you so valiantly demand is enforced on others,you receive massive budgets from the governement but it only goes as far as into your pockets while you tell the people "Eish,sorry,we're broke".Pathetic bunch of these so called "leaders" (sorry,i mean theives) havnt been put in jail alongside with all the anc memebers that have stolen from the people,blows my mind -

      Matthew - 2012-05-23 14:49

      Anyone wanting to argue that last point.please keep in mind,I will ask you to explain where did R20 billion rand magicly disappear to? possibly some of those new mansions,sports cars,private planes and holiday house overseas.these guys all live the lifes of the rich and wealthy via stealing from their own people,and they do it without remorse.and no one,no one stops to think..."Huh?...wait a sec,something isnt right about this" no no,just blindy follow them and do as they say.throw stones wherever they point and smile and wave,still holding on to that hope that their government they so valiantly hold dear,will deliver on their promises to the people and the country.sad sad sad

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-23 15:32

      Matthew - it was actually R 30 billion - and that only in 2011.

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-23 14:47

    First the taxi drivers can't get anymore fines and now cosatu makes murdering whites legal. I don't condone what ET has done but every person should just set aside their racial differences and for once act like mature individuals. Besides. I work in an attorney firm and con truly say. "Cosatu, keep quite you do not know what you are talking about" We deal with corruption in the government daily. Black empowered government. hhhuuuuhh. duuuuuu. where's the whites drawing anything from that. Please grow up and go back to school. leave the think work for those who can actually use their brain cells in a more productive manner.

      Bradley - 2012-05-23 14:48

      spot on!

  • gary.hope1 - 2012-05-23 14:49

    Again they play the race card. Either very stupid, very, or just the usual ploy to divide our nation! My take is that the 3 little piggies (tri) will do whatever it takes to keep us divided, it serves them, it does not serve SA though, that alone should cause any thinking person to turn away in disgust!

  • Judith - 2012-05-23 14:50

    COSATU have lost the plot here. Beating someone to death because they don't give you decent working conditions is not exactly the correct action to take

  • Roger - 2012-05-23 14:57

    There is NOTHING to say about this !!! Another speechless moment in South Africa.. *sigh

      George - 2012-05-23 15:29

      Its as it should be. Those who gods will destroy they first make mad. All going to plan. The tokoloshe is doing his job, as he must.

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 15:00

    AGGGGGGGG PEEELEEASE !! Someone please till this moron it was murder. Terblanche was a moron of note himself ,, but it doesn't change the fact that he was murdered by this criminal. FFS man ,, this is supposed to be obvious.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 15:02

      umm .. I think nothing is obvious to Vavi Vava Voom. That's why his tune changes so often.

      John - 2012-05-23 16:55

      Don't try apply your mind to uniquely 'African' logic, you will only end up frustrating yourself.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-23 15:01

    And so it begins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as something does not go the wy the anc / cosatu / sacp's way - there is racism involved - GET OVER IT

  • Elizabeth - 2012-05-23 15:01

    NĂ©!!! What about Mr Patrick Craven (ever investigated his wealth and who keeps him there) and what about Patrick Ndlovu, shame now at age of 18 he wants to go back to school - to do what, I beg to ask???? He is already set for life with criminal activities/skills and its FREE with no-body allowed to touch him because of the corrupt government and system - had shoe been on the other foot, imagine how much different the passing down of sentence would have been. In short, COSATU, get a grip and handle on life, stop breeding like flies, throw away your lazy and we demand attitudes and start working for a change - how many companies and factories have you established on your own accord......

  • Kgolane - 2012-05-23 15:02

    Killing people like Terrblanche is not a crime... Give that man a bells.

      Elizabeth - 2012-05-23 15:06

      Ever thought of applying for a job at NASA as a Rocket Scientist .....

      Dennis Botha - 2012-05-23 15:10

      ja right, i wonder who the real racists are in this country. i have worked for what i have today, wasn't part of any gravy trains to get anything

      gustav.harmse - 2012-05-23 15:23

      I agree hence why Hani was murdered

      Eben - 2012-05-23 15:32

      @Kgolane. Why are you so bitter. You were born in 1986, so most of your life you grew up in the "new SA". Please Boet get a grip Or are you just a troll?

      Dylan.rid - 2012-05-23 15:32

      Well if that's how the world works, then killing all your terrorist ANC brothers and sisters pre 94 wasn't a crime, killing you won't be a crime, just another racist pig getting what he deserves! .........wake up you child

      Irene - 2012-05-23 15:36

      Kgolane ~ The fact that you still breathe air is a crime. Someone with your level of thought pattern should be put down, pretty much like you'd do to a dog that's in pain.

      Heinz - 2012-05-23 16:04

      Kgolane, I included a link just for you. So what you say is that killing people like Chris Hani is also not a crime? Look at this link:

      Heinz - 2012-05-23 16:06

      So that photo you just saw is not a crime scene? It might be the most beautiful scene ever? I don't know. help me here.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-23 16:24

      Eben, Troll Alert - She's just looking for attention - Shame!

      Rob - 2012-05-23 18:17

      The Hospital called to say that your brain is ready for collection.....

  • Freddie - 2012-05-23 15:03

    So what should happen to murderers and criminals? What a bunch of bigoted, racist rubbish. What else would you expect from Cosatu?

  • Daniel - 2012-05-23 15:05

    where do you draw the line Kgolane? (Is it colour defined)

  • theo.prinse - 2012-05-23 15:05

    Cosatu believes that the poor is always innocent. Cosatu does not defend the justice systems and does not fight crime and the extreme homicide rate and Farm murders but instead defends murderers when they are Farm workers ....

  • Anthony - 2012-05-23 15:06

    cosatu, wake up you racist pigs

  • Ben - 2012-05-23 15:06

    Haha Drama much Cosatu? Haha! Wonder if it hurts to be that stupid? Man stabs and hacks other man to death. gets jail sentence. And Cosatu goes thinks it's unfair? Wow... herpidy derpedy herp herp

  • David - 2012-05-23 15:07

    How does Cosatu produce so many numbskulls? Do they have a formula?

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-05-23 15:48

      E=mc.... Who is creative enough to come up with a good replacement for the "square" ... All I can come up with is queer...

  • Michele - 2012-05-23 15:11

    Err... they were guilty of murder? Are we to say now that its ok for black people to murder white people and get away with it to "level the justice playing fields"?

  • Nicky - 2012-05-23 15:15

    I have been waiting for this. After watching the news on tv last night, seeing and hearing the white judge finding the black guy guilty of murdering a white man, I just knew some A hole would have something to say - question is: If it was a black judge finding the black guy guilty, would they still moan and complain like they do, because that is ALL they do! Comeon Cosatu, how about some positive thoughts for once!

  • Tshiamo - 2012-05-23 15:15

    Having runout out of all cards, the only convenient one, which has lost its potency anyway, is the RACIST CARD! Please cANCer and your allies fix the country's health system, infrastructure, education. We are not as stupid as you think we are! If 99% of murderers, rapists are black what do you expect? Do you expect the courts to give them affirmative action sentences because 'they suffered in the past'? Get a life. A blatant fallacy! I am not even white, I am tswana!

      MargeauxB003 - 2012-05-23 15:33

      Well said!!! Amen to that!

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-23 15:35

      Tshiamo - thank you - I thought the entire country has gone stark raving mad!

      Nicky - 2012-05-23 15:40

      Dude, thank you for the sence you just made! If only more people would think like you do.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-23 16:28

      Tshiamo - Glad to Hear that and I think people's eyes are opening, and they are starting to see the ANC for what they are. Corrupt bastards only interested in helping themselves to the money we work hard to earn.

      John - 2012-05-23 17:01

      Dude, I'm afraid to say but you are included in the 'minority' of South Africa who work hard for their money and contribute towards this land of ours. But alas, idiots like Cosatu and their followers will make us (minority of educated and hard working people) all want to leave this place or be forced to leave as we'll be branded racists or coconuts. Excellent comment btw

  • Blaine - 2012-05-23 15:15

    The ANC and COSATU will always play the race card, because that is how they retain votes. They brainwash the society in thinking that whites hate the blacks where in fact its the other way round. They also always mention apartheid, but most South Africans did not even live through that era. It amazes me how the people can be so blinded by the Anc, without even getting their facts straight. That Patrick boy was guilty because they found blood on in, if he wasn't breaking an entry, what was he doing in the house? Die deeler is so goed soos die steeler.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-23 15:16

    BWAHAHAHAHA whata load of absolute crap....hahahaha

  • sewsexy - 2012-05-23 15:16

    OK !!!!!! Another thing to blame all WHITE people for. Hahahahaha - get a life Cosatu - pull the other RACE card out, please do - murder is murder, regardless of the race of the person who did the murdering - what about this do you not understand? I am giving a class on it later today - you are more than welcome to join - it will be explained in a way so that a 5 year old can understand. Please come - maybe you will learn something!!!

  • susan.wright.92 - 2012-05-23 15:16

    Murder remains murder and robbery remains robbery irrespective of whether the perpetrator or victim is black/white/purple or orange with yellow dots.The sooner all South Africans realise this the better.

  • ccpvandam - 2012-05-23 15:18

    COSATU NEED NEW LEADERSHIP!! Really, if Vavi and the leaders think that by making these kind of statements, the country will unify, they are confused. It simply having the adverse effect, racist insults are been made by various individuals/parties which will not solve anything, just ignite anger and division! Cosatu, look at your own website, you have pictures of individuals from all races, not one particular colour. The same principle should apply to murder, it not about colour, if you commit the crime you must do the time! I thought you were supposed to be an organization for the workers, somehow your vision and mission has got lost along the need to go back to your roots!

  • guwonson - 2012-05-23 15:20

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA so... the black guy gets off after murder... but the white guy is favoured. How THICK can people get. Seriously.. i just need to know what goes through their brains on a daily basis. people are absolutely stupid beyond repair.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-23 15:22

    The race card pulled once again by COSATU and ANC in less than a week. NEWS24 keeps us awake I cn see

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-23 15:36

      Three times in two days! I think they are going to run out of race cards soon.

  • Rob - 2012-05-23 15:24

    And some white liberal idiots on these sites still believe we can be one country & all live together without race being an issue. If they are not killing us daily in the name of " crime " their organisations and politicians are slagging us off for one thing or another.

  • George - 2012-05-23 15:24

    So take a panga and chop a white person till he lies mutilated and expect the court to what..let you go..for what. Pure madness. No wonder we have white genocide, massive corruption, lying, deceit, maladministration. The tokoloshe has been visiting the COSATU and making them mad. This will continue until justice, truth, honesty, good governance, hard work properly compensated, return to South Africa. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW and stop the cANCer.

  • Warren - 2012-05-23 15:26

    Really??? Shaik,Mduli,Selebi,Tollbuggers,Armsdeal,Aurora......we can go on and on,where's the justice for the victims.

  • christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-23 15:26

    Ja sure, I see whites driving taxis all the time! Where the hell do the Cosatu clowns come from?

  • Gee - 2012-05-23 15:29

    What a load of dim wits at cosatu should stop sniffing super glue during your 4.5 hour long tea breaks!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-23 15:32

    It favors the RICH and it is the same in every democratic country in the world. The last time I checked, the top richest people in South Africa are mostly BLACK.