Zuma concerned about violent strikes

2012-10-12 20:28

Pretoria - A spate of labour disputes, which have degenerated into violent protests, are a major cause for concern, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"We have been seriously concerned about the violent nature of the strikes," he said.

"Labour disputes do not need to degenerate into violent confrontations and [lead to] loss of life as what happened tragically in Marikana and other strikes."

He was speaking at the official opening of an economic discussion on the state of the country's economy at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, east of Pretoria.

The meeting was attended by several government ministers and officials, labour representatives including Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and its president Sidumo Dlamini.

Officials from Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council were also invited.

In statement, the presidency said: "The meeting will seek to identify what each social partner can do to respond to the global economic crisis and other pressures on the economy, and how the country can promote economic growth and job creation in the current climate".

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-12 20:44

    He certainly has mastered the art of understatement! "Oh violent strikes where people are hacked to pieces and private property destroyed, yes, I am concerned..." What would it take to get him really worried??

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-12 21:10

      Other people's art gets him worried

      sergio.coelho.3114 - 2012-10-13 15:37

      What a perfect picture,some may say it's art,with the encouragement of one of our countries patriotic emblems in the background zuma seems as if he has grown two beautiful devil like horns…is this a coincidence, maybe it reflects a devil within the ANC!?! - 2012-10-19 17:45

  • victor.mahasha - 2012-10-12 20:47

    How can the cause of strike be concerned, he,s actually happy

  • TheBlackRaptor - 2012-10-12 20:49

    Who's Zuma?

  • gonda.ambler - 2012-10-12 20:58

    Hahaha! Love the photo! Is that horns I see?but, seriously? if this makes news headlines.... I am seriously concerned about our future... It should be a given

  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-12 21:02

    Wow...Zuma is conserned!!! It's a bit late!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-12 21:06

    In typical ANC fashion, too little too late. The family of the dead and those mutilated by the extreme violence all sectors of society have to deal with daily, never mind labour dsiputes, has never concerned the ANC. It's only a concern now because we're being down-rated by Moody's and S&P. As always, ANC has allowed matters to get to the point of no return.

  • chirnsidep - 2012-10-12 21:16

    Jeez Mr President you are concerned! So do something about it, if you can't who the hell can? I love how these dumb ass politicians love to express their concern or condemn all these barbaric acts of violence that cause so much suffering to those who are not fortunate enough to have R200mil security upgrades on their houses, yet they never follow-through these statements with action, let alone simple constructive ideas on how to remedy them!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-12 21:28

    Now this is unacceptable, the message should have been condemnation from the start of democracy but that was not the case now it is out of control, if our teachers and nurses and soldiers do it the violent way what else can we expect from others!!!!!!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-12 21:33

    Dang, we have an idiot for a president! Did he not see this building up a long time ago? Or was he so busy tending to all his families businesses, further enriching the family wealth that he overlooked this coming!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-12 21:35

    The reason I think Zuma will lose at Manguang - or deserve to lose - is he doesn't understand the speeches he reads out. It would be the same if he delivered them in the vernacular; he has no charisma, no patriotism. He is a good party man; he draws the crowds. A party populist does not make a national leader.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-12 21:37

    This country has become the laughing stock of the world. There plan to assist the ANC to get into power and destroy this country is working.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-12 21:54

    Can we also please have underground airconditioned bunkers for when the paw paw hits the fan please?

  • Sanusha Reddy - 2012-10-12 21:55

    this must be a joke! People are dying, the country is in chaos and Zuma is 'CONCERNED'.... just shows what an uneducated president we have - 2012-10-19 17:45

  • TheSingingHorse - 2012-10-12 22:07

    Zuma is concerned only with himself. He is a shame to those gone before, starting with Mahatma Ghandi. He got off a rape charge.He will probably get off raping the country.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-12 22:07

    don be concernd mr president DO SOMETHING

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-12 22:17

      We've been begging and pleading for years, for someone in govt to do something. We citizens even end up taking them to court to make them do something. They still don't. The utter disrespect they have for all we citizens, is astounding - 2012-10-19 17:46

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-10-12 23:58

    ChristelleJames You hit the nail on the head! We are indeed without leadership.

  • - 2012-10-13 00:13

    Jacob may well be perceiving the unrest as part of the class struggle between the working class and the bourgeoisie and his 'softly softly' approach probably hints at where his sympathies lie.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-10-13 00:51

    This guy is just an absolute joke, all those little promises, Zuma, that you made, are falling on death ears, your just the most pathetic excuse that the ANC has come up with.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-10-13 02:20

    Violence is the way the Alliance deals with issues. Any strike or protst that is violent based on the milatant cadre culture of the Alliance. Kill kill kill. POLPOT!1 You lead by example: Umshini wami, Kill the Boer, I will die for you and of course your rape charge and corruption. You are the leader and the people follow your example so its not suprise stikes are violent, rape is the highest in the world, high crime rate, highest corrutption, and of course using violence to protect investments (Marikana massacre). The most shocking thing of all: MORE ANC LEADERS HAVE BEEN KILLED BY THIER OWN FOR TENDERS AND ACCESS TO GOVERMENT RESOURCES THAN KILLED BY THE APARTHIED NAZIS.

      piet.boerie - 2012-10-13 02:23

      Let alone shunning education. How are our kids supposed to get ahead when the culture is not one of knowledge but one of violence. JZ needs to look in the mirror and those that continue to vote for the Allaince need to think about what they fought for, Demcocracy and choice. What choice if you chose to vote for the same people that shot 34 of your comrades to protect thier investments. Yep slaughter yet the enxt day you will vote again the same. You deserve what yout get then!!!!

  • phuti.mashau - 2012-10-13 06:10

    Its a well-known fact, that, when you want something done/ want change......Strike!\r\nAnd not just any strike, a violent strike.\r\nPity cause we loosing our brothers and sisters in the process.

  • andree2 - 2012-10-13 07:10

    I am concerned about the lack of leadership.. Why does the president allow such violent strikes.. Zuma and co.. Did you know that by allowing these violent strikes to continue, u and co are approving crime and murder in SA. Do us all a favour and quit. Give someone who are intelligent and knws how to properly lead a nation a chance..

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-10-13 07:11

    Perhaps the concern should run a little deeper not just on strikes but the general unacceptable level's of violent crime and complete lack of respect for human life !!! I could go one but my point is made

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-13 08:03

    Now you have a big mouth Zuma.Where were you all the time?You don't do anything with or for the country.Tell us where were you.In bed.Time we vote for a president with brains for this country,you have none....

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-10-13 08:57

    Labour department,CCMA

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-13 09:41

    Only took your time to respond hey

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-13 10:07

    Major cause for concern? Where has he been hiding?.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-13 10:23

    Too late!!!!!!damage done

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-13 10:30

    Pres Zuma, you cannot sit on the fence any longer, its time to act swiftly and before your prodical son returns from visiting his uncle bob. Its time to take the bull by the horns and inform the Unions that if strikers become violent, the Unions who call for the strike together with their members, will be held responsible for all damages. Unions will have to pay up front and collect a certain percentage from their members via the increase the strikers receive. If these strikers are showing this type of mentality, they should not be holding down a job, they are unstable so therefore they need to return to their roots and that is sitting outside the kraal. This is the year 2012 and people are not doing these type of things anymore we are not living in the dark ages. Grow some balls and do something, whilst you are playing with your willy there is a third force at work and when they start up you will be lucky if you have a willy to play with.

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-13 10:36

    Did u realize that ppl lost hope in u and gradually ANC will lose masses of support. NEC wake up guys or ur scared of Zuma? - 2012-10-19 17:46

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-10-13 12:27

    Interested only concerned but do nothing, army was called to assist but there is no army. Who lies?0x0

  • Noxolo WallOffame Fulani - 2012-10-13 17:20

    I think the unions should take it upon themselves to resolve any issue/ problem before they opt to strike. Try other methods first before striking. We cannot have strikes all over the country every single month, really its ridiculous! - 2012-10-19 17:46

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