Respect Malema ruling, says Cosatu

2012-02-07 14:10

Johannesburg - The ANC’s decision to suspend ANC Youth League president Julius Malema must be respected by the trade union movement, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

"When the [African National Congress] takes a decision, it is our decision," Gauteng chairperson Phutas Tseki told shop stewards in Soweto.

"That is why we must be active in branches and in the youth league so that our voice is heard."

Tseki came out against the burning of T-shirts, referring to youths in Malema’s home town Seshego who celebrated Malema's demise in this way.

"That is like dancing on someone’s coffin," he said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) is meeting to plan a national strike on March 7.

The action is to protest over the use of labour brokers and possible tollgates in Gauteng.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:28

    How about if we dance on the ceiling?

      Boer - 2012-02-07 23:26

      I would love to dance on his fat face with two big Boere fists.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-02-07 14:42

    Dancing on his coffin - if only we were that lucky!

  • trevor.charles3 - 2012-02-07 14:47


      eradingoana - 2012-02-07 15:23

      It is failing its members and interfering in matters that do not benefit workers.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-07 14:47

    he lucky they have only burnt t shirts so far, think when he is fired and has no more connections they are going to put a tyre around his neck and burn him.

      Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:52

      We live in hope....

  • Janice - 2012-02-07 14:49

    Please dont put those two words together in one sentence...Respect and Malema!!!

  • Bozzy - 2012-02-07 14:56

    cosatu plz do ur job people hv bn fired at impala plat mine n u don't do anything u only concentrate on malema's suspension we r sick n tired of u bcos it looks like u 4got that u r a trade union

      Felix - 2012-02-07 15:05

      No offence Bozzy, but I am sure if you typed that out properly you would not have reached the character limit. People stop encouraging this mind numbing sms language.

  • Ian - 2012-02-07 14:57

    The ANC was a LIBERATION party... They never knew and never will know how to run a country..

      Tammy - 2012-02-07 15:08

      agreed Ian, They can all go hop in hell!!!

      Adrian Hanse - 2012-02-07 16:24

      all of u white pple dat comment bout malema r afraid of him

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-07 15:03

    When the [African National Congress] takes a decision, it is our decision. Ye right, so if the ANC decide that school must remain open on the 7 March, let it also be your decision.

  • Tammy - 2012-02-07 15:07

    respect it? Is it not a bit early for aprils fools jokes?

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-07 15:10

    Respect? You okes don't even know how to spell it. Pah-leez.

  • Fanie - 2012-02-07 15:12

    HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN. 1. NAPOLEON 2. HITLER 3. STALIN 4. VERWOERD 5. VORSTER 6. Pee Wee Botha 7. j malema 8. ? Zuma

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 15:23

      Gee kans, dis nie meer lank dan is daai maaifoedies ook in sy hel in!

      Garth - 2012-02-07 16:21

      @fanie - I cannot agree with the following in your post: You link the word `mighty' to the names `Zuma' and `Malema'. You place the mighty Napoleon in the same list as these two fools above. You also link him to mass murderers. Read up on the `Le Petit Caporal', you may have confused him with the other `little corporal'.

  • Bodhas Rapoli - 2012-02-07 15:34

    Not so long ago they were sing praise and now things are different he is on his own.

  • Papikie - 2012-02-07 15:48

    The celebration in Seshego is just a Political jealous from other young people in business and nothing els. People with political consciousness will never do that kind of activity. " Never lough a Man when he is down"

  • Garth - 2012-02-07 15:52

    Massive error in this headline! `Respect' and `Malema', not only in the same sentence, but adjacent. AAArrrggghh!

  • Themba - 2012-02-07 15:54

    ENEWS MUST NOT WRITE LIKE THIS,Respect Malema................

  • ISO - 2012-02-07 16:45

    Yes i respect the ruling, but still think its abit too lenient!

  • Desmond - 2012-02-07 16:56

    If only it was Malemas coffin i would join in and dance.

  • Mark - 2012-02-07 17:01

    They are calling for a national that means those who are legitimately supposed to be at work, if they walk off the job, does that mean the employer can fire them for being away from their job illegally? If not, then maybe the employers will be allowed to file a class action lawsuit againt COSATU for loss of work, failed contracts, shipping delays etc. Matybe that is the way to end this, put them all into bankruptcy and let them see if they can find a labour broker that can get them a job.....highly doubt it...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-08 05:36

    What rubbish!!!!

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-02-08 16:42

    Cosatu has a bit of support in the country. In my mind however they THINK they can claim whatthey want and demand what they want. I heve been wondering for a long time how long it will be before they have something to say about the Malemma story. I think Cosato thinks when they close their legs the planet is in darkness.

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