Workers want Manyi out

2011-03-07 22:38

Johannesburg - Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi must be fired for his racial statements, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Monday.

"We condemn his statement and call upon the Zuma administration to show commitment to non-racialism and a working class bias to dismiss him," general secretary Mthandeki Nhlapo told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said Manyi's comment represent the arrogance of the African section of the middle class.

Manyi said in a show broadcast on kykNET's Robinson Regstreeks in March 2010 that there was an "over supply" of coloureds in the Western Cape. At the time he was labour department director-general.

The comments caused a public outcry, culminating in the publishing of an open letter to him from National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who called Manyi a "worst-order racist".

Last week President Zuma called for restraint in the racial stand-off. He said no-one should use race for political grandstanding.

  • Mister A - 2011-03-07 22:58

    Samwu has made the right call here.

      Benzo - 2011-03-08 00:31

      Think you are right here, but....will they follow through to the logical conclusion and split from the ANC?

      GetitRight - 2011-03-08 06:55


      ChrisG - 2011-03-08 07:44

      @Tshepo: Give Justin Timberlake a call and tell that agent that it was the revolutionaries of the ANC that brought sexy back.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-08 08:31

      Hope you do not mind when they trash your streets

      Dougalan - 2011-03-08 08:53

      @tshepo - are you really trying to lift your failing spirits with wordy crap like 'ANC tsunami'? Right now, the useless ANC is more like a wet dream than a tsunami.

      lmduplessis - 2011-03-08 09:01

      Tshepo, Obvious troll is obvious. Go back to your bridge.

      amy0aylif - 2011-03-08 09:09

      @Chris G, Good one you just made my day..

      Meanleader - 2011-05-26 16:59

      Yeah ... sounds like SAMWU have moral direction .... I would gladly follow any Black political party , if they were not racist , and if they had good fiscal discipline . Bring the petition SAMWU ... I'll sign it ... get rid of morons like Manji !!!

  • dnel1974 - 2011-03-07 23:29

    " no-one should use race for political grandstanding" - but this is a major tactic of the ANC and ANCYL. Hypocrites!!

  • jayt612 - 2011-03-08 00:02

    Every country needs a strong industrial base and properly maintained infrastructure, otherwise it will deteriorate and go to ruin. One also has to adhere to proper industry standards ~ not just lip service. Synthetic politically correct type job creation wont work either! Where is the proper mentoring? Where is Olifantsfontein? I can only think, that maybe certain skill sets go hand in hand with certain mindsets. Quick fix solutions are merely an indication of desperation and denial. The already long proven, efficient and dedicated engineering skills base in SA is now being eroded. Where has AA (or similar) been applied successfully in any neighboring countries ~ I notice many job adverts online at BestJobs SA, JobMail and many other agencies advertising and looking for specialists outside their own countries! What would be the reason? In my opinion all engineering specialists in SA should be exempted from AA. The real Skills needs of SA should take national preference over AA. Doing so also makes economic and strategic sense. The country's engineering knowledge base is now at risk. One cannot buy high level experience and know-how. It comes with years of pain and dedication ~ attention to detail. I have noticed that certain countries in the world (USA and some Euro countries) are being de-industrialized, while China and a few other Oriental countries are being over-industrialized. I may well be that China is being engineered somehow to be the next super power, with India close behind in second spot. Then China will eventually control most global industries/supply lines to the Western world and maybe even run the world's new reserve currency after the demise of the USD, which in all probability will be backed by Gold and Silver. Thereafter China could end up governing the whole world - not impossible!

  • Wishbone - 2011-03-08 00:14

    "He said Manyi's comment represent the arrogance of the African section of the middle class." - Did I read this correctly? Can't be!!

      Felix - 2011-03-08 07:59

      Manyi isn't middle class, he's living the good life!

  • Rudi - 2011-03-08 00:35

    The ANC/Zuma regime are the worst users of race for political grandstanding. There is no difference between Zuma, the ANC and Manyi. Looks like Mr Manuel finally came to his senses. Down with the regime!!!!!!!!

  • Jf - 2011-03-08 01:11

    Yebooo, Yesss!!!

  • Siboniso - 2011-03-08 02:46

    Calls to fire Manyi are contradictory to Freedom Charter. It's known that areas in Mzansi where there are many people who scramble for a living, no jobs, lower education, higher congestion - tend to have higher crime, alcohol & drugs abuse, disease, vandalism, women & children abuse etc. Manyi referred to this, his concern is regarded as racism - ulterior motives ! Spread out & find better living opportunities, education, jobs, skills transfer, better health care, prosper etc ! How does Manuels & others concerned by Manyi's "racist utterances" propose to rectify the trying circumstances people have stayed under in a free country. The well-off who live in leafy suburbs say how troubling it is to be near townships or squatter camps with higher levels of poverty - loss of value in propery, burglery, murder etc. Manyi singled out WC but the issue is all over, politicians & workers unions are actually trying to hide their inefficiencies here. Group Arears Act condemned non-whites to live in under-developed urban areas far from work, to live in the outskirts. A non-racial society with groups living in racial divide ? Manuels was finance minister, Im shocked by his stance instead of him seeing that our government has pontential to save large amounts of tax-payers money that can cover their budget deficits, it's noble but not sustainable to offer grants, free health-care, free education & all other promises. Living in real freedom may lower crime rate, improve life expectancy etc

      zenboer - 2011-03-08 05:51

      if that was the case, no one would make a fuss. He was not referring to a township, he was referring to a race. Also the words he used, suggest that it is a problem for government.

      Felix - 2011-03-08 08:02

      Well Sibs, at least he fooled 1 person...

      Homer - 2011-03-08 08:15

      No Felix, he has fooled many. Only one fool is willing to make a public declaration

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-08 09:36

      Siboniso take the busloads of unemployed, illiterate and unskilled ANC cannon fodder you guys have been bringing into the WC over the last 10+ years back to where they came from, and we will have no problems in the WC. See, not so difficult now is it???

      Meanleader - 2011-05-26 17:08

      sibiniso ... You must be blind , dumd and stupid if you think that intellegent people are going to believe your excrement comming out on this thread . Are all of you ANC zealots as thick as you sound , or are you just practicing to become anopther ANC clown ? God have mercy , there is no answer to ignorance on this level !!!

  • Hungwe - 2011-03-08 05:05

    Well done SAMWU - finally a principled stand, but let's see if the gutless ANC club of "family & friends" do anything about it. Right now nepotism rules and it's enough to make one want to 'gupta' all over the carpet.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-08 08:32

      Wait until they trash your street

  • Carl - 2011-03-08 06:45

    Oversupply of idiots in anc

  • Mnumzane - 2011-03-08 07:09

    Can the Unions please concentrate of on issues pertaining to workers. Manyi this Manyi that. South Africa is full of racists. Another racists will be attacking me for saying this.

      gary.gecko - 2011-03-08 07:48

      They are concentrating on issues pertaining to workers. More specifically - those workers who will loose their jobs of the amendments to the Employment Equity Act that Manyi was trying to explain, gets approved... (So I guess I'm a racist now, right? Well, whatever...)

      Felix - 2011-03-08 08:03

      try to keep up.

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-08 07:18

    The Whole of South Africa wants him out

      lenand40 - 2011-03-08 08:24

      The whole of South Africa? Who nominated you the spokesperson for all South Africans?

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-08 07:23

    An evenly balanced power sharing situation in any nation is the best for the people/citizens/voters. The one sided off balance situation in SA is to it's detriment and only really a boon to the elite.

  • Joy - 2011-03-08 07:36

    Good - get rid of him !

  • Slapper - 2011-03-08 07:48

    Spot on... but will it change anything? Manyi seems to be a protected species.

  • matla - 2011-03-08 08:01


  • matla - 2011-03-08 08:02


      Slapper - 2011-03-08 08:45

      Matla, if you cant spell, at least learn how to use spellcheck

      matla - 2011-03-08 08:59

      Slapper r u a teachers, illeterate

  • matla - 2011-03-08 08:08


      lenand40 - 2011-03-08 08:23

      The hypocrisy of some is galling. They are supporting a bunch of idiots who have no problem killing people and thrashing the streets fighting for an extra penny. It seems in South Africa, you can be a mass murder, but if you are against an educated black person that expresses a view, suddenly you are supported by all and sundry.

  • za101 - 2011-03-08 08:09

    he is not from the black middle class. i know people in the black middle class and they are not like manyi he is elitist

  • Ashley - 2011-03-08 08:25

    Samwu--you doing good!!!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-08 08:33

      Trash more streets and we will support you even more

  • patrickb - 2011-03-08 08:37

    PLEAAAAASE do not fire him. He is a wonderful trump card for opposition parties.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-08 09:06

    A bold statement from SAMWU...they also want better working conditions for their workers otherwise they wont vote for the ANC ?!!! Not another ANC election ploy, I the free chickens... ACTION SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, SO WE'RE GONNA SEE IF SAMWU REALLY HAS B@LL$ !!!

      MR T - 2011-03-08 14:09


  • Spade - 2011-03-08 10:28

    Our beloved President finds himself on the moral podium again. He should have realized by now that he has stripped himself of the right to be there in the first place.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-08 10:49

    Just get rid of the whole lot... Bye bey ANC and take your little monkey Malema with... TOSSERS!

  • - 2011-03-08 12:42

    Just like Malema too much attention and media time is being given to this a--hole with his rascist comments. Just fire him, but Zuma does not have the balls to do so.

  • MR T - 2011-03-08 14:00

    hi guys heres the best news. can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following ststistics: company of the year! this is 100% true statistics 29 have been accused of spousal abuse 7 have been arrested for fraud 19 have been accused of writing bad cheques 117have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses 3 have done time for assault 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit 14 have been arrestered on drug-related charges 8 have been arrested for shoplifting 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits 84 have been arrested for drunken driving in the last year 373 in total or approximatly 70% can you guess which organization it is? well it non other than our SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIMENT. 535 MEMBERS.{the same group that cranks out hundred of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line!!!!!} what a bunch of idiots.well acctually thes no words for them,coz an idiot is better and usefull

  • changeisGood - 2011-03-08 14:03

    all you hoping for a split...keep on hoping maybe in 10 Million years time your wish will be granted but for now, go back to work and pay your tax, as i WANT my social grant by the end of the month and my RDP house.

  • MR T - 2011-03-08 15:00

    hi guys another one for yourl to think about,co in stile trying to understand all this. if you cross the NORTH KOREAN BORDER illegally you will get 12 years hard labour. if you cross the IRANIAN BORDER illegally you are detained indefinitly if you cross the AFGHAN BORDER illegally you will get shot if you cross the SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER illegally you will be jailed if you cross the CHINESE BORDER illegally you may never be heard of again if you cross the VENEZUELAN BORDER illegally you will be branded a spy and your fatr will be sealed. if you cross the CUBAN BORDER illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot. HOWEVER if you cross the SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER illegally you get the following: A JOB A DRIVERS LICENSE A PENSION CARD A WELFARE A CREDIT CARDS SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE A FREE EDUCATION AND FREE HEALTH CARE. PERKS INCLUDED WEAPONS OF YOUR CHOICE AND IN SOUTH AFRICA YOU CAN MURDER USE DRUGS DRINK AND DRIVE STEAL RAPE BUT PLEASE SOUTH AFRICANS DONT SMOKE IN PUBLIC PLACES,COZ ITS ILLEGAL.

  • amabok - 2011-03-08 16:44

    F**K Manyi

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