Zuma: Don't hijack labour disputes

2012-09-07 22:20

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called on "politicians" to resist the temptation to "hijack" labour disputes for their own purposes.

In a lecture delivered in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Friday evening, Zuma spoke about attempts to restore peace at Lonmin's platinum mine in Rustenburg in the North West, where labour unrest has caused 44 deaths.

"We also urge politicians to resist the temptation to hijack the labour dispute for their own ends. We do not need incitement and inflammatory talk at this stage.

"It is not good for Marikana, and is not good for our country," said Zuma.

Expelled African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema has addressed the miners at Lonmin since the unrest started about a month ago, and called for a revolution at mines countrywide.

Zuma called on "all stakeholders" to participate in peace talks, set to continue on Monday. The talks were intended to end the strike at Lonmin for higher wages and create stability in the area.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), a rival of the National Union of Mineworkers, are demanding salaries of R12 500 per month.

Amcu has been the only role player not to sign the Lonmin peace accord.

"We must also emphasise that labour relations must be undertaken peacefully and within the ambit of the law," Zuma said.

"We cannot tolerate a situation where workers openly threaten people with murder if they exercise different choices from theirs, as it has reportedly happened in Marikana this week.

"We would like to see a resolution of the stalemate between the workers and their employer as soon as possible so that the situation can return to normalcy."

Zuma welcomed the signing of the peace accord, saying those involved had committed themselves to dialogue to eliminate violence.

"That is the language and the culture that we know and understand best in our country. We are always able to find solutions even to the most difficult problems, through sitting around the table and talking."

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-07 22:30

    Why does he not just go home to his wives?

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-07 23:46

      mwah!With love South Africa..

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-08 00:07

      you better pray to a Friggin not GOD!!!!you work for the South Afrcan people....

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-08 00:19

      this is going to be interesting... Politicians(zuma, the corrupt idiots that work for him, who i am in close conatct with...seriously) You terminated my employment becuase I knew and was going to rely the sh*t that zuma was in...lets just say forget about the Wives...

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-08 01:03

      Chris my friend you have a serious problem, please get help soon!!!!!

      christopher.laurenz.5 - 2012-09-08 01:21

      themba...if you knew what your "president" was doing(not too this country) but morallyy...geeezzz...I don't care...I I don't...

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-08 01:31

      There was a shooting INCIDENT IN Canada and thoughtandstuff is so quiet, I hope she's ok in her green crimeless land.

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-09-08 08:36

      @Christopher,i, honestly think that u r on a brink of acute psychosis,u need help and clarity on ur situation man..plz get some psychological help..God be wt u!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 10:13

      Leonardb1, What makes you believe he is not a 'whitie' With this FB BS accesss, ANYTHING is possible !!!!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-08 11:39

      Zuma's comments are rich for a person who needs Cosatu to keep him in power. He loves labour disputes so that he can pick Cosatu's side and earn himself and for his party some votes. Here is a labour dispute that has being going on for years and you have been selling this country's youth short Zuma: When are you going to act against SADTU so that the youth gets the education we are paying for?

      smalefane - 2012-09-08 12:11

      @gerhard, I think he is talking sense. Or do you want him to just keep quite and then accuse of doing nothing? Typical white person!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-08 12:49

      Gerhard.kress.3. They make him do the dishes.

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-09-08 15:56

      chris, are you even a South African???you would b surprised to know how many ppl would go to the extreme for this man.your hatred is gonna kill you.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-09-09 10:56

      And Zuma will hijack the treasury

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-07 22:33

    The man is an idiot. Who can take a person with his education levels, and moral background, seriously.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-07 23:43

      totally agree...

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 08:12

      Zuma is behaving in a manner that even an educated person is failing to. Zuma is reflective in his moves, not impulsive, of which that's the way an educated person must react. He thinks before responding. Remember, he is not a bully mother or father. He's not moved by any small wind. As an educated person, u must be able to foresee the the consequences before vomiting a word out of ur mouth. All I can see in site, most of the people are biased in their comments, they lack common sense. What is the function of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)? What is the function of The Basic Conditions of Employment Act 3 of 1983; Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 and Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998? Employer, Employees, Unions and CCMA must work together in solving these unnecessary disputes, no more involment of the politicians. Then, if the matter is showing some unextinguishable flames, the government must intervene. I mean government, not ANC, nor IFP, nor DA, etc,,,,I'm treating all of them under the umbrella 'government' becoz they have representatives in the government. So well said prsident after all. Why are they distancing themselves if this is a political issue? They should score some points as u people are trying to score for them lol

      smalefane - 2012-09-08 12:19

      @goyougoodthing-There are a lot of well educated people with questionable morals. And I've met some successful people who are not so well educated. We all have our own skeletons, the difference is we are not in the public eye. "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone".

      bless.boswell - 2012-09-08 13:42

      One would expect a president to set an example to his people. Well, I guess he has, in a way. Rape statistics have never been higher. Crime has never been worse. Zuma's nephew and son blatantly thumb their noses at their creditors and Zuma made his rape trial go away - so yes I guess he has set an example. I bet his kids have huge respect for their dad ... His morals, his intellect and his obvious concern for all the needy people in this country... So glad he's not my dad.

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-09-08 16:17

      Bells for B.b, unfortunately some ppl here don't have brains,as soon as they hear the word Zuma/ANC,they spit venom.

  • jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-07 22:39

    "That is the language and the culture that we know and understand best in our country" MMM Zuma what country are you living in again. Talk of peace is our culture but yet you and your cronies and you creatures you create always incite violence. Almost every strike in this country is marred with threats and intimidation. Murder, theft, rape has become the legacy the ANC has left to this country. Gone is the rainbow nation. gone is nation building, gone is infrastructure develptment, job creation is down the toilet and you come and talk as if South Africa is some sort of Peaceful culture. Mmmm sorry Zuma but when you became President with your education and history we all saw the writing on the wall. It so bad that even if you speak sense i will comment in a negative way that is how bad my perception of you and your party has become

      sakhile.gamede - 2012-09-08 08:32

      well go back to 1949,a yr afta u knw wat!!!

      dawie002 - 2012-09-08 09:08

      There is no such thing as "The Rainbow Nation". Get over it.

  • SharonE - 2012-09-07 22:45

    He is just jealous because his ex buddy Malema got more attention than he did. Were the tables reversed he would not have had an issue. Jealousy makes you nasty, nastiness makes you fat, fat makes you ugly!!!!

  • amogelang.molwana - 2012-09-07 22:51

    The very same Zuma used to head the intelligence in the struggle and they also intimedated and did the worst we can think of to people who had their personal choices to not join the struggle. Today he can tell that people should be left alone with their personal choices. This old man he is so amazing whe Malema was ready to kill for him,he kept quite but now that his hope(Ramaphosa 's interest) are about to be tarnished he sings. Its a constitutional right we all know, but from him..... He s like Brutus to Ceaser

  • punungwe - 2012-09-07 22:56

    If people commit murder they should be hunted down, tried and jailed. If you appease them by signing 'peace accords' with them, you are encouraging them to continue exactly the same behaviour and commit the same crimes.

      bless.boswell - 2012-09-08 13:43

      Exactly - look at the rape stats ...

  • karen.styane.9 - 2012-09-07 23:06

    Our dear Mr Umshini Wam has spoken! We do not need incitement! The very same one that took Malema to his breast when he was violently agitating for Mbeki's down fall. No words of caution then! He must shut up now and suck it up. He must deal with the beast that he has nurtured and bred!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-07 23:11

    Whoever tries to hijack the Lonmin problem will be the biggest fool around. That's why Julius Malema has signed his own demise warrant. He also went to the Aurora workers (ex-workers) and made certain promises which his lawyers could have told him were unrealizable.

  • fridge.donnerweer - 2012-09-07 23:54

    Well, dont hijack our country!

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-09-07 23:59

    Truth is painful but lies is nice and destroy human's brain

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-09-08 01:38

    sangoma must pay the money back,,,+- R 1m ,,,wipe it out news 24,, the trough,,,,

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-08 03:00

    You see it is so tiring that everytime we sit around the table we sit because we want to find solutions to police brutality.police are behaving like children when they see a gun...they think we are playing playstation.untiil they grow up we will continue siting around the table till the table gets old.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-08 03:32

      maybe if we could change the voting system as well.the idea that political parties should dictate who should rule the people has made some people think that they own this country and that they are more important than citizens.At times you just feel like not voting at all but we always fooled into thinking that things will get better.when last did you hear the word ubuntu? it will resurface soon on election campaigns accompanied by many sad statements that nakes you vote on sentiments driven by pity.

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-09-08 09:40

      Do you know what they'll do towards elections, they'll simply use SABC to play all those old apartheid footage to show us how bad was the apartheid government so that we'll vote them back into power,but they don't show us how much damage they are causing in the country right now

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-08 11:00

      you know that should actually be classified as propaganda@Ako because they have been given more than enough time to prove they can make this govenment work.we should be seeing videos that reflect how how far we have managed to bring change instead.I am not a fan of govenment building houses for people so RDP does not qualify as delivery for,serious educational infrastructure, good health care ,safety, water and sanitation plus good libraries must take first priority than more than anything else.empowered people should be able to build their own homes.I mean even birds build their own homes.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-08 03:07

    Some people should not post here when they have been consuming intoxicating liquor or drugs having a narcotic effect. Back to topic: in his own befuddled way he's hit the nail on the head: our Unions are politicised, thanks to COSATU; instead of looking after the worker, they are jostling for positions of power...It's time to break their backs, and for that we need strong leadership, something which Zuma lacks.

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 09:55

      Good advice. But what type of strong leadership do u want?

  • mlulami.dike - 2012-09-08 04:03

    JZ my friend you're out of line and I really don't what you're saying because you talk about peace but brothers are hungry out there.All they need is are descent salaries to support their families and improve their living conditions but you're not even closer to that,you only talk about peace.For your information; no one can eat peace or democracy,therefore give people what they want first then peace will automatically follow later on.You've completely failed this country and I can't wait for you to retire.thank you!!

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-08 08:30

      Ooh Mluja.......*ayasaba amagwala.....ayasaba amagwala...dubula dubulaaaa dubula nges'bham* let October come and the nominations begin......asijiki tu, and we are clear!

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 09:50

      Have u read the article properly? I doubt u dd. But no wonder coz u r calling Zuma ur friend, which means if he happens to be out of line, and so do u. Read the article once again without any emotions

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-08 04:33


  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-08 05:41

    Who's Jacob Zuma? The mayor of Zumaville?

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 16:00

      Pathetic Willy,,,Zimaville is ur smelling ass bro,,,This is the Republic of South Africa -RSA in short.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-08 06:25

    Someone is very

  • Melusi - 2012-09-08 06:47

    Mr Zuma you take too long to come out and stamp your authority as a president. The Malemas have already done the damage.

      patrickmpanyana.mogwaneng - 2012-09-08 11:43

      remember he first needs to consult Gwede Mantashe before he can talk so(No stand,to idea just popularist).Very sad.

  • Melusi - 2012-09-08 06:47

    Mr Zuma you take too long to come out and stamp your authority as a president. The Malemas have already done the damage.

  • Melusi - 2012-09-08 06:47

    Mr Zuma you take too long to come out and stamp your authority as a president. The Malemas have already done the damage.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-08 07:35

    guess who just woke up, but seriously how do you service four wives and still run a country? I couldn't do it, but then he is a better man than me.

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 08:47

      Country and his wives? How are these things related? Clarity pls

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-08 08:11

    The inability of our president to take prompt action shows how he is consultative towards any decision making and does not have an independent level of thinking the black intellects of this country will certainly say Mbeki is the greatest that hailed from this country ...yes white boys even better than your Tata

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-08 08:25

      Still having a Polokwane hangova I see, the ANC is a collective leadership party.....we are not 'Democracts' or 'Republicans' here. We take bold decisions to suit the current material conditions on the ground. FYI we dont have popularity contests in the movement.....rather elective conferences!

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 08:44

      Out of order. U r saying a statement that is correcting u at the same. Independent decision-making or thinking? Everyone is an independent thinker, but when making decisions, that's another case buddy. Go back to school and learn about to develop team work and know how team dynamics operate. Know the definition of democracy

      andile.vabasa - 2012-09-08 13:24

      Nothing annoys me more than when a fool tries to sound intelligent. And for some reason they all do try. That goes for you too politicians, a speech with a lot of big words used out of context does not make you seem smart just that you do not know what you are saying.

  • herman.heil - 2012-09-08 08:20

    Wow, we have an idiot in charge of SA, how in the hell did this happen????

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 09:42

      Are a real human being or u are the influence of crack?

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-08 08:36

    Thando I hope this was a great lesson learned as Polokwane was disastrous as we're now stuck with a president that is drowning and next time i hope our decisions would be of strategic nature and not amplify a pop contest like we seem to always do

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-08 08:51

    So Bb you learnt about decision making and democracy wonder what course you did at University or maybe in your case high school judging by your response that is without substance.

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 09:13

      lol that's part of the content that I'm teaching Yandy Yandy! Ncoaaaaah kwaaaa

      sibusiso.b.mbatha - 2012-09-08 17:13

      I whats went wrong to you people you reminding us things that you voted Zuma knowing them long ago the DA tryied their best raising things but ignored by you people whats knew now?

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-09-08 09:04

    Zuma is right no need to hijack the labour dispute. I'm just worried that he is not looking at the cries of workers who are exploited. As long as thy are not giving their needs, let them stand firm on their demand because talks alone can't provide for this workers needs. Is time for review on the monetary pay for the mine employee.

      charles.kieser.1 - 2012-09-08 21:22

      Fire the spears hey jacob!

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-09-08 09:44

    Just as Shower boy has hijacked the entire country for his own personal gain. Any clueless idiot who thinks showering prevents AIDS, just cannot be taken seriously. Look at him! I can't stop laughing! What an embarrasment he is!

      B.b. - 2012-09-08 15:47

      U don't know anything about Zuma's rape case, so, u better not mention anything about it. Showering is one of the things we do after having sex (whether protected or unprotected). This is one of the answers he gave during the investigation process. He never told anybody to use a shower to protect themselves. It was up to the scientists to make a researsh, based on that individual's idea, to prove if it's true. He also presented that he was circumcised, of which most of us believed that circumcision is the way to prevent HIV before Zuma's rape trial. Better use ur mind instead of emotions buddy. Be a real person. Thank u

      sibusiso.b.mbatha - 2012-09-08 17:00

      You just show's us that you don't have a respect for elders i feel sorry for your parents cause i know they touch you respect and you can't debate calling people names this is the guy you and your leader voted for knowing everything about him what's new the DA has raised all of this but you ignored them are you guys turning to DA now.

      promise.hlako - 2012-09-09 11:28

      Who is Zuma?

  • jwdupreez - 2012-09-08 10:17

    His concern makes sense - it may help to rid SA of this scumbag Prezzie of ours!

      anneck.cranke - 2012-09-08 10:40

      It's a lose lose situation I'm afraid: Shower boy goes, and Julius Malema takes over? Someone needs to shoot them both if South Africa is to have any hope of surviving as a country.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-08 12:29

    Some people are just plain stupid, this guy says something you bring an argument that is not related to what he is saying, what does his wives have to do with his speech or his education background, shouldnt you be arguing about what he is saying here? like really, get over yourselves and realise that everyone is working for a better and a united SA except you

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-08 12:49

    Zuma should be speaking to the person who hijacked his brain.

  • andile.vabasa - 2012-09-08 13:18

    JZ hasn't really been the best since he was elected but read what he is actually saying, you can't hate him for it he wants the same thing you all want. Whether or not he knows what he is talking about is uncertain but come on you can't tune him for that speech.

  • deon.duplessis.96 - 2012-09-08 14:21

    This is now the same President that visited the workers, giving legitimacy to their unprotected strike, brutal killing of 10 innocent people before 16 Aug and volunteered to negotiate on their behalf. Now after all his damage, he has a mild negative view on the workers' conduct.

      roiboss - 2012-09-08 14:46

      Wot damage did Zuma do to south Africa. Or you \r\njust opening your gob

  • sibusiso.b.mbatha - 2012-09-08 17:45

    The introduction of UNIONS here in SA has cost many people their jobs cause people didn't understand what does the UNION stand for they were just told that they gonna get more money if they join them they striked demanding high wages's other companies has closed including mines some people kept saying if the company closes well our money for the service and forget that if you get an unexpected money you might miss use it and where you gonna get another job? it seems as if this ( AMCU) is taking people back to that now, ask your Parents if you don't belive me.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-08 18:10

    it seems as though the puppet master pulling the string for this 'character' has the string twisted around the one that opens the 'rear hole' to spew and vomit all the time.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-09-08 18:55

    I think the ANC is hijacking the hijacking issue in order to try and hijack votes and funds from the already hijacked political and public hijackers in the hijacked South Africa ...

  • woulntitbenice - 2012-09-08 20:39

    Aren't there any assassins left in the world?

  • godrick.mlambo - 2012-09-16 17:11

    It is necessary to nationalised mines....

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