Probe trucker strike violence, Cope urges

2012-10-15 16:53

Johannesburg - The police should probe the violence that occurred during the three-week transport sector strike by truck drivers, the Congress of the People (Cope) said on Monday.

"The long-drawn-out truck drivers' strike... has portrayed South Africa in a negative light," spokesperson Papi Kganare said in a statement.

"The [police] must now focus and intensify their probe into all criminal related incidents, including the deaths of innocent truck drivers, in efforts to bring justice to the families of the victims of the violent strike."

The strike was marred by violence, with delivery vehicles looted and set alight, one driver killed, and several others injured.

Unions and employers signed a three-year wage deal in Johannesburg on Friday ending the strike.

Kganare said workers in the country should not use their right to strike and demonstrate as an excuse for violence or lawlessness.

"The police must bring all perpetrators to book and send out a strong message that the country will never tolerate lawlessness of any form," she said.

  • thutothegreat - 2012-10-15 17:16

    Someone worked their whole life to buy that truck..

  • Willie - 2012-10-15 17:19

    ANC=SACP=COSATU How can they probe themselves.

  • Naseen.Singh - 2012-10-15 17:34

    Many of the trucks that were burnt or damaged during the strike belong not to big logistics companies but rather to small transport companies. These companies were not part of the strike and will battle financially to replace the vehicles they have lost. I believe quite strongly that SATAWU should be held financially liable for these losses which were in many cases a direct result of the violent and intimidatory actions of their striking members. However I don't forsee that happening in the near future...

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-15 18:19

      I absolutely agree with you the Unions involved should be sued by the companies I mean really just no one takes responsibility for the carnage its just not right!!! What about the medical bills of the injured and the murdered driver??!!! They started it no matter that where criminal elements helping out I say sue the s##t out of them!!!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-15 17:56

    "The long-drawn-out truck drivers' strike... has portrayed South Africa in a negative light" It may have done this, but the damage closer to the ground is far greater. If the trucks were owned by a sole trader he has lost everything he has worked for, and worse, the people who have lost their lives should never be forgotten. The after effects from a violent strike are far-reaching and infinite.

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-10-15 18:01

    COPE started in Merikana before infamous police shooting. Why strike has to be violent? People can have a strike without resorting to violence

  • tommy.hains2 - 2012-10-15 19:32

    It shows how low the mentality has sunk in this Country. I doubt if Africa will ever be responsible enough for democracy. It seems freedom has given one the right to act in this manner. Unions should be held responsible and sued for damages. And please don't blame the criminals. its a lame excuse. Your members are criminals and don't deserve a place in the employment line.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-15 20:26

    Copeless????? You still there??? I thought you had shut up shop and gone fishing or something???

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