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South African Protest News 8 - 24 April 2011
 (2011) South African Protest News 8 - 24 April 2011
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ANC, DA clash at Easter march
By WARDA MEYER 24 April 2011

A church’s Easter weekend march to highlight the plight of township residents turned into a confrontation between DA and ANC supporters on Saturday, leading to the burning of a DA T-shirt and posters.

ANC supporters accused the DA of hijacking the march by handing out party T-shirts during the 13.5km march along Lansdowne Road from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha’s Site B.

When ANC supporters sang struggle songs, DA members retaliated by singing their own.

“This is unnecessary, they came to hijack the march,” said one ANC supporter. “What have they done for us in the townships while they are ruling the city?”

Pastor Xola Skosana of the Way of Life Church, who managed to defuse tensions, said the DA members had been ill advised to wear party T-shirts at a religious march.

“It only provoked people along the route,” he said. “This was not a DA march. They should have known better.”

He said the idea had been to mark the Easter weekend with a march to show people that the church was highlighting the plight of township residents.

We march to associate ourselves as a church with the struggle for justice and human dignity in our townships,” he said, adding that people needed to move beyond party political differences and tackle the real issues at hand.

Marchers held aloft a huge poster reading: “Welcome to hell – SA townships”. Others carried placards reading: “Andries Tatane your death shall not be in vain”. Some vented their anger at DA leader Helen Zille and Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela on posters that read: “Helen is the coz of da hell” and “Madikizela is a gang leader. He is unfit”.

DA member Andile Dube said: “We were invited to this march. This is a democracy… We are also affected by the conditions and have every right to march.”

He said ANC supporters had been intolerant, pushing and shoving DA members.

“It was not necessary to burn DA T-shirts. It was completely uncalled for,” he said.
warda.meyer@inl.co.za - Weekend Argus
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Alleged rapist in hospital
IOL News 23 April 2011

An alleged rapist is in hospital after members of the Despatch community beat and stabbed him in the head, a day after he allegedly raped a seven year old girl, said Eastern Cape police on Friday.

“A 38 year old Despatch man is in hospital after being severely assaulted by angry members of the community... the man allegedly raped a seven-year-old child on Wednesday afternoon,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

The man who is known to child, went to her house and asked her to come with him.

Local children then alerted the child's grandmother who asked police to search for her, said Naidu.

“A search was conducted and the child's father found the naked child in nearby bushes after she had heard him calling out her name. The child screamed when she heard her father's voice. The suspect ran away,” said Naidu.

On Wednesday, the suspect was seen by the local community and he was stabbed several times and beaten. He sustained three stab wounds and several open wounds to his head, said Naidu.

The man is currently in Uitenhage Provincial Hospital.

He will be charged for rape and will appear in Uitenhage Magistrates' court on Tuesday. - Sapa
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Train set alight

Independent Newspapers 21 April 2011

A moving train was set alight, allegedly by commuters between Bellville and Langa stations on the Cape Flats, the SABC reported on Thursday.

“Train 9832... was set alight by two vandals, who were witnessed by a number of commuters. They were seen getting off at Langa station,” Metrorail spokeswoman Zino Mihi said.

“Two train coaches were on fire. Fortunately the fire emergency services responded within minutes and managed to contain the fire,” she said.
No one was injured. - Sapa
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Press Release on Pikitup Strike
SAMWU and COSATU 21 April 2011

SAMWU and COSATU in Gauteng have assessed the current strike action and also the impact of such strike on the community and the citizens of the province.

The above two organisations further assessed progress that has been registered in relation to the negotiations between parties and felt that it will be important for the current action to be suspended to afford a chance for the negotiations to proceed without any hindrance.

The strike action is therefore suspended with immediate effect for parties to further explore avenues to resolve the impasse between the two of them and in the event that there is no agreement SAMWU will invoke solidarity action of its entire membership in the Region and also explore the possibility of a secondary strike to the entire members of SAMWU in the Province.

COSATU will also on the other hand engage with all of its affiliates in the Province to explore the possibility of the secondary strike of the entire membership of the federation in support of the current strike by our members in SAMWU.

We are hoping that the JHB municipality will take this opportunity to reconsider its position and come to its senses and approach the negotiations with open arms and resolve the strike.

We also would like to state openly that this strike has nothing to do with sabotaging the ANC election as claimed by some within the ANC for reasons that are best known by them.

We wish to emphasise that this strike has all to do with ensuring that the ANC election manifesto commitments are implemented in the City Of Johannesburg without fail.

At the core of the strike are the following matters which are the key issues of the ANC 2009 and 2011 Election manifesto.

Decent Work.
Fighting crime and corruption.
Building a strong and developmental local government.
Improving service delivery in the municipality

The strike action will resume on 28 April 2011 and followed by the secondary strike on the 29 April 2011in the event that parties fail to reach an agreement.

For further information please phone COSATU Gauteng Provincial Secretary, Dumisani Dakile, on 082 727 1422


UPDATE: COMSA AND UKSU STRIKE ACTION
COMMUNIQUE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: CORPORATE RELATIONS 21 April 2011

Dear Colleagues
We have been informed that COMSA and UKSU members have resumed their
strike action.
The University would like to inform all staff that would be taking part in the strike
action that the principle of no work no pay will be implemented.
To this extent all employees who will be reporting for duty are advised to
complete the attendance register which is available from their line managers.
Line managers are requested to inform their line Executive members of any
areas which may be severely affected by the strike.
The University apologises for this inconvenience.

Regards
Nomonde
Nomonde Mbadi
Executive Director
Corporate Relations Division
This statement is issued on behalf of Executive Management


CREATIVE WORKERS UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA MEMBERS TO MARCH TO M-NET
CWUSA 20 April 2011

The CREATIVE WORKERS UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA (CWUSA) members TODAY Wednesday 20 April 2011 will be marching to the M-NET offices, Bram Fischer Rd, Randburg, Gauteng province.

A Memorandum of Demands will be handed-over to M-NET by the leadership of CWUSA. This march is going to be the Festival of Struggle Songs to the irritation of AfriForum and other like-minded organisations. The cream of South African actors such as TONY KGOROGE; HLOMLA DANDALA; FLORENCE MASEBE and others will be part of the march. We call on the general public to support our cultural workers en masse as their march against inhumane conditions imposed on cultural workers by M-NET.

The cultural workers will converge outside Randburg Methodist Church at 11h00pm and then march to the offices of M-NET to hand-over the Memorandum of Demands.

The details of the march are as follows:
DATE: Wednesday 20 April 2011
TIME: 11h00am
VENUE: M-NET head offices, Bram Fischer Rd, Randburg, Gauteng

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.

Contact: Mabutho ‘Kid’ Sithole, CWUSA President – 083 699 2113


Protests for missing SA lensman
IOL News 20 April 2011

A group of journalists, concerned citizens and friends of South African photographer, Anton Hammerl, who is being held by Gaddafi's loyalists in Libya, will stage demonstrations on Wednesday, The New Age reported.

The demonstrations to be held outside Parliament in Cape Town and at the Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg at noon will be in a bid to draw attention to Hammerl's plight.

About 1088 members of the Free Photographer Anton Hammerl Facebook page are expected to take to the streets. - Sapa
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Thousands sign petition for Hammerl's release
Mail & Guardian 26 April 2011

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Libya to release South African photographer Anton Hammerl and three other foreign journalists.

"A petition calling on the Libyan government to release Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer, and three other overseas journalists being detained in Libya 21 days ago, hit the 27 000 mark by midday yesterday [Monday]," said Hammerl's family and the Free Anton Hammerl Campaign in a joint statement.

His wife, Penny Sukhraj, said: "It is absolutely amazing how so many people who have worked with Anton over the past 15 years have come together to join the campaign for his and the other journalists' release.

"It's not just a testament to his work as a photojournalist but also an indication of how many people have been affected by his caring, considerate nature over the years," she said.

Hammerl's mother, Freda, said she was amazed by the support but still anxiously waiting for him to make contact.

To date no one has had contact with Hammerl since he was seized by Libyan militia near the city of Brega on April 5.

Spanish photographer Manu Brabo and two US journalists, James Foley, a freelance reporter with GlobalPost, and Clare Morgana Gillis of the Atlantic, were detained the same day.

Gillis told her parents in a phone call from Libya last week that Hammerl was not with the trio when they were detained.

Austrian Foreign ministry spokesperson Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal told the South African Press Association on Monday that both the South African and Austrian governments had "received simultaneous confirmation" that the photographer, who holds dual SA-Austrian nationality, was alive.

The confirmation was obtained from a network of contacts in the troubled North African country.

"We have two independent sources that told us he was alive, that he was well," said Launsky-Tieffenthal.

He however cautioned that he would be much happier once Hammerl had been heard from directly or had made contact with his family. - Sapa
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NEHAWU MEMBERS FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICES IN GAUTENG WILL TOMMOROW MARCH TO THE SARS OFFICES IN PRETORIA TO HANDOVER A MEMORANDUM OF DEMANDS
Nehawu 19 April 2011

NEHAWU members from all South African Revenue Services offices{SARS} in Gauteng will march to the SARS HEAD Offices in Pretoria to handover a memorandum of demands following the failure of the agency to solve a myriad of problems facing the workers in their workplaces.

The level of service that the taxpayers and workers have received from the agency is embarrassing and unacceptable. As a workers champion we are disturbed by the victimization of our members and the bullying tactics that have been used by management to try and coerce our members into submission.

The agency is beset with victimization, lack of transparency and accountability that has resulted in tensions between our members who are fighting dishonesty and those managers who want to hide their nefarious activities.

There is an unfair recruitment and selection process and the gross violation of internal SARS policies. These unfair labour practices are threatening to derail one of the few performing government agencies because workers are demotivated and feel that they are under siege. We have seen an increase in union bashing tactics at SARS in the province and the managers continue to use dirty case delaying tactics to frustrate and deal with our members.

The service to the people has been greatly affected because we have started to witness long queues due to shortage of staff including delays and complications on receiving Tax Clearance Certificate. There has been selective training of taxpayers and the new E-filing system was implemented without consultation. The province has failed to cater for those taxpayers who stay far from the cities and they have an inadequate outreach and training programmes for taxpayers.

The poor management of SARS offices in the province of Gauteng needs to come to an end because if our calls for action are not heeded we will be forced to escalate our action. It is very sad that an institution that has worked hard to build a well thought-of reputation is being sabotaged by managers who do not have the interest of the country at heart. We will not allow these self serving managers to treat the workers like second class citizens and we will not allow the destruction of SARS on our watch. The union therefore calls on all workers and community members to join in the march because the future of this country is dependent on an honest and well functioning SARS and a lot is at stake if we fail to act.

Venue : Lehae La SARS, 299 Bronkhorst Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria

Time : 12:00 am
Date : 20 April 2011

Members of the media are therefore invited to attend this march and report.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Office

For further information, please contact: Sizwe Pamla (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 011 833 2902 - 082 558 5962 or email: sizwep@nehawu.org.za
Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za


COSATU NW demands reinstatement of shop stewards at JST hospital
Cosatu 18 April 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West have resolved at its Provincial Shop Stewards Council that the five suspended shop stewards of NEHAWU at the Job Shimankane Tabane hospital who have been suspended for the past twelve months must be reinstated immediately

The council instructed the leadership of both COSATU and NEHAWU, led by the Provincial Secretary of COSATU to go and make sure that these workers are returning to work on 19 April 2011

Tomorrow, 19 April 2011 at 09h00, the Provincial Secretary, the leadership of NEHAWU and other PEC members will be visiting the hospital to make sure that those worker have returned to work safely without intimidation, failing which there will be a sit-in the office of the CEO until the workers are back to work

For more information contact Solly Phetoe the Provincial Secretary of North West at 082 304 4055


SAMWU applauds Pikitup labour court ruling
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 18 April 2011

SAMWU applauds the labour court ruling that was handed down today in the Johannesburg labour court. This is a victory for the workers, we are now one step closer to returning workers back to their respective workplaces.

A meeting will take place this afternoon between all parties involved, we only hope the City of Johannesburg comes sober minded to the negotiating table, so that the strike is brought to an end.

If the employer signs its own proposals it tabled in connection with the Unions demands, then the strike action will be called off today and workers will be sent back to work. All workers are happy with the proposals that have been tabled.

Too much of time has already unnecessarily been wasted; the Pikitup strike action could have ended a long time ago. The workers demands had been outstanding since 2009, which was also acknowledged by the court.

The Union will announce by tomorrow morning the status of the strike. But as of this moment the strike action is still on.

It also important for us to make mention of the following; the strike action has nothing to do with Local Government elections and or holding the African National Congress to ransom. The workers demands have been outstanding since 2009. We have tabled both reasonable and legitimate demands, to ensure that corruption and nepotism is rooted out from the Pikitup entity and that it functions better for those it provides services to.

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011-331 0333.

Fax: 0866186479.
Cell: 0829403403.


Councillor’s home gutted
IOL News 15 April 2011

Twenty-one people were arrested for allegedly setting a councillor's house on fire in Tubatse, Limpopo, on Friday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the “rampaging people” were upset about the candidate list for their municipality.

They went to the councillor's home at Taung village and allegedly set it alight around 9am. The house was gutted and the damage estimated at R400,000.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Amon Mashigo has warned those protesting to do so without resorting to violence, and to refrain from damaging property.

Those arrested would appear in court soon.

Many provinces have seen protests over candidates for councillors ahead of local government elections next month. -



Ficksburg service delivery talks begin
Andre Grobler IOL News 15 April 2011

Municipal and provincial officials and resident representatives of Meqheleng and Ficksburg were locked in talks on Friday over service delivery problems in the eastern Free State town.

Ficksburg itself was quiet, as most people went about their business after two days of violent service delivery protests in which election candidate Andries Tatane was beaten to death, allegedly by the police.

In the town, which is known for its annual Cherry Festival, many residents and business people were not ready to let the matter rest.

“Ons is gatvol (We are fed-up),” said a local businessman who wanted to be identified only as Stefan.

“We feel exactly as they (Meqheleng residents) are feeling.”

He said that, as a businessman, he did not in favour the damaging businesses and buildings by protesters, but that “everybody was fed-up” with the municipality.

Many other business people agreed that no municipal services were rendered in town and in Meqheleng.

“They came to change my water meter nearly six to eight months ago in town. They broke it and left broken,” he said.

Residents had been erecting water tanks on their properties to ensure they had water every day.

Elsabe Risseeuw said municipal services in town were “pathetic”.

“There is no maintenance done in the town. People fix their potholes in their own streets.”

She said that in Ficksburg, just as in Meqheleng, there had been no water for the first three days of the week.

“The town residents support Meqheleng.”

Ficksburg-Meqheleng Business Association spokesperson Samantha Botes said the town's businesses recently handed a memorandum to the municipality, but without success.

Their demands included better maintenance of the town's streets, sewerage, rubbish collection and water shortages.

“It's terrible,” she said.

Botes said she could understand why the community was standing together.

“What the people have done (protests) was correct.”

She said that what was happening in Ficksburg and Meqheleng affected everybody.

Botes said town officials were seen in town driving “fancy cars” and “eating out every night”. While they lived in luxury, many people in town were suffering.

“We have a right to voice our opinion.”

In Meqheleng, the rubbish and the burned skeletons of obstacles such as devils fork fences, trees, furniture and bricks blocked almost every road on Friday.

Residents were, nonetheless, going about their business and children were playing everywhere.

Karabo Chaka, a friend of Tatane, was awaiting the outcome of the officials' meeting with residents.

Retelling the events of Tatane's death, Chaka said it had been unnecessary.

He said Tatane had been helping an old man out of the way of the police's water cannon when officials tried to apprehend him.

“He said to the police officer not to pull him as he would walk with them, but then the fight started.”

Chaka said the battle for water in Meqheleng started two years ago.

Resident Edward Nthotso said the whole matter was sad.

“Die wond het nog nie genees nie (The wound has not healed yet).”

He said the death of Tatane was a blow to everybody in town and that the whole community was in “trauma”.

Sello Masilo, 51, a Maqheleng resident for the past 20 years, said Tatane's death was “not right”.

Moipone Mokhese, 25, said she walked 10 kilometres every time she went to fetch water.

“On my head, on a kruiwa (wheel-barrow), on bakkies, we sometimes get help from other people.”

At Thabo Makopo's uncle's place, a long queue of people waited their turn to fill buckets and 20 litre plastic cans with water.

Kelby Blangwe, 37, carrying two 20 litre cans, said twice a day he or somebody in his family walked two kilometres to fetch water.

Free State MEC for cooperative governance Mamiki Qabathe was part of the discussions, which had not been finalised by late on Friday afternoon.

While visiting the family of Tatane in Meqheleng, she said officials had been in discussion with the Meqheleng Concerned Citizens group even before Wednesday's tragic march.

Referring to Friday's talks, she said many of the issues needed to be discussed at the province's executive level.

“As individual I cannot commit to all the issues without the executive's approval.”

She said it was agreed that answers to the demands would be ready only by the end of next week. -



SA's NUM considering protest over mine deaths
MineWeb 16 April 2011

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said Friday it was considering shutting down the sector for a day to protest a recent rise in mining deaths

South Africa's powerful National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) may shut the sector down for a day to protest a recent surge in mining deaths, it said on Friday.

It said in a statement on its web site that its national office bearers would recommend next week "that a National Day of Mourning be observed where no single mining operation will operate in the country."

The Department of Mineral Resources says deaths have risen over 25 percent in the first quarter of this year to 38 compared to the same period last year.

But the Business Day newspaper on Friday said NUM alleged the death toll was in fact closer to 50.

In some of the recent incidents, a worker was killed in a locomotive accident on Thursday at Harmony Gold's Masimong mine and last week two were killed at Gold Fields' KDC mine.

"This is totally unacceptable. It is just intolerable. We have to send a strong message that says enough is enough," Frans Baleni, the general secretary of NUM, was quoted as saying in the statement.

NUM represents workers in the mining, construction and electrical energy industries of Africa's largest economy.

Labour relations in South Africa's key mining sector are fraught and mine safety is a massive issue, especially as the gold companies have to take their operations deeper and deeper. (Reporting by Ruona Agbroko; Editing by Ed Stoddard)

(For more Africa cover visit: af.reuters.com -- To comment on this story email: SouthAfrica.Newsroom@reuters.com)
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Looming strike at Netcare as conciliation fails
DENOSA Media statement 15 April 2011

The dispute resolution process at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has failed to resolve the current wage impasse between DENOSA and Netcare.

This follows a marathon three months of negotiations and the employer’s resistance to pay workers a living wage.

The CCMA on Wednesday, April 13,2011 subsequently issued DENOSA with a certificate to embark on industrial action. We are currently in the process of mobilizing our members at Netcare to exert pressure on the employer to improve their conditions of service and pay them a living wage.

Our demands remain as follows:
- An 11 percent increase across the board
- Single- term agreement
- Improvement of allowances

We wish to emphasise that Netcare has demonstrated an enormous amount of arrogance during this round of negotiations, even threatening not to backdate if we do not sign their offensive offer of 7, 75 percent increase before today.

Netcare should therefore take full responsibility of the effects of the looming industrial action.

We shall not back down until our demands are met.

Issued by
Asanda Fongqo
DENOSA Communications Manager
012 343 2315 3xt 235
079 875 2663


Robin Island Ferry Workers down tools
Sungula Nkabine and Michael Kaplan
15 April 2011

Robben Island ferries at the Nelson Mandela Gateway were yesterday delayed by about two hours after a group of angry employees at the Robben Island Museum downed tools in protest against the museum’s acting senior HR manager.

More than 200 people, including tourists, were scheduled to take the 3pm ferry, but the trip was cancelled.

Ferries scheduled to leave earlier were also delayed.

This came after 130 Robben Island employees - most of whom are members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) - demanded that Lesiba Ramoroka be ousted with immediate effect.

Ramoroka has since been placed on “special leave”.

They had previously handed over a petition to the museum’s chief executive, Sibongiseni Mkhize, insisting their demands be met within seven days - a deadline that has since passed.

Some of their demands relate to what they say are “unfair suspensions which are an indication of power abuse”.

As part of their demands, they also want the employee relations specialist and senior HR manager posts to be advertised and filled by women, who are preferably black and disabled. About 13 employees are believed to have been suspended and seven have since been reinstated.

But yesterday Mkhize said he had responded to the petition timeously.

He felt the situation should “never have reached this point” because Ramoroka had been placed on “special leave”.

He did, however, understand the union’s grievances. “I would have expected to be able to discuss these issues with the union. Even though Ramoroka is no longer on the premises, they have continued to picket.”

He said that constitutionally, he could not simply suspend someone “because the employees have a problem with him”.

An investigation had to be conducted and he had requested more information from Nehawu.

He also apologised for the ferry delays. He said they had issued more than 200 refunds.

Meanwhile, Nehawu provincial secretary general Luthando Nogcinisa said Mkhize’s response had been contradictory. “First he said he would suspend him (Ramoroka). Now he has placed him on special leave,” said Nogcinisa.

“The problem is that, while Ramoroka is on special leave, he is still directly involved in operations... This could taint the investigation.”

Nogcinisa said he believed this was an indication that executive management was acting in bad faith. The strike action would continue until their demands were met. - Cape Times
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Councillor’s home gutted
IOL News 15 April 2011

Twenty-one people were arrested for allegedly setting a councillor's house on fire in Tubatse, Limpopo, on Friday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the “rampaging people” were upset about the candidate list for their municipality.

They went to the councillor's home at Taung village and allegedly set it alight around 9am. The house was gutted and the damage estimated at R400,000.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Amon Mashigo has warned those protesting to do so without resorting to violence, and to refrain from damaging property.

Those arrested would appear in court soon.

Many provinces have seen protests over candidates for councillors ahead of local government elections next month. -
Sapa
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Police disperse students as protests turn violent
The Mercury 14 April 2011

Violent clashes between police, a private security company and protesting students erupted outside the Mangosuthu University of Technology in Umlazi as the protest action entered its third day yesterday.

While police say they did not use anything besides water canons to disperse the protesters, students and staff who got caught up in the crossfire allege that shots were fired by the police, but could not say whether these were real or rubber bullets.

One staff member who asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation by the university, described how a minibus full of police stopped in front of her and started “shooting randomly”, despite the presence of other road users.

SAPs spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the protest was held despite a court interdict banning it. The public order police were only called in after the crowd, which swelled from 200 to 500, began blockading the Mangosuthu Highway – the main access to Umlazi.

He confirmed that police used water to disperse the crowd but rejected allegations that they used live rounds of ammunition and rubber bullets.

The students, who have been protesting since Monday, said this was the only way they could get the university’s executive management to engage with them.

They are unhappy that a list of grievances contained in a petition dating back to February has not yet been addressed.

Third-year student Mthokozisi Nxumalo said they had to contend with substandard transport, the poor conditions of their residences, and not being allowed to buy expensive textbooks with the money from the financial aid scheme.

According to Bheki Hlope, a universityspokesman, the only way the executive management would engage with the protesters was if they raised their issues through the SRC. But the students who spoke to The Mercury said that the SRC had no part in the protests.

An official communique from vice-chancellor Professor Mashupye Kgaphola’s office yesterday said the management met the SRC on Tuesday, and they (SRC) had distanced themselves from the protest action.

It further stated that five students had been suspended, and that the “management wishes to assure all students and staff that we are doing everything in our power and within the law to protect the interests of the university, including its core functions and the safety of its staff.

“We wish to underscore once again that the management has never issued a decree against democratic and peaceful demonstrations on campus.

“We are therefore calling any aggrieved party to approach management through the channels that are already available in the university”.
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UPDATE: COMSA AND UKSU STRIKE ACTION
COMMUNIQUE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: CORPORATE RELATIONS 14 April 2011
Dear Colleagues

The University was granted a court interdict yesterday restraining members of COMSA and UKSU from disrupting the graduation ceremonies and from any ‘unlawful action’. The application of the interdict arose following the
disruption of the graduation ceremony on Monday 11 April.

The striking members of UKSU and COMSA barricaded the road leading to the Sports Centre and proceeded to the main entrance of the Sports Centre singing and hindering access. The police dispersed the protestors.
Both parents and graduands expressed disappointment that a significant milestone in their lives was marred by protesting staff.

Graduation is one of our flagship events where students that have achieved are given an opportunity to celebrate; where parents that have sacrificed so much can see the fruits of their sacrifices; where academics that have
nurtured and engaged with students can celebrate their output with a sense of achievement and pride. The University has a responsibility to parents, students and
indeed our staff, both academic and support, to ensure that graduands graduate with dignity in a conducive environment. In addition, picketing rules were violated last week with reported disruptions at the Westville and Howard College campuses.

On Tuesday 12 April, the chairpersons of UKSU and COMSA requested assistance from Dr Mojaki Mosia Executive Director Human Resources to map out various scenarios. Dr Mosia agreed and informed them that their scenarios should be within the 8% budget offered by management. They were then assisted with three scenarios which they now have to persuade NTEU and NEHAWU, the two Unions that have accepted the Council proposal, to accept.

Management has not put a new offer on the table. We thank all staff for their patience and understanding in this matter.

Regards
Ms Nomonde Mbadi
Executive Director
Corporate Relations Division


COSATU NW demands the reinstatement of suspended shop stewards
Cosatu 14 April 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, together with its affiliate NEHAWU, yesterday visited and addressed the workers and its members at the Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg as part of the local government elections campaign

COSATU is disappointed that five shop stewards who have been suspended since October 2010 are still out on suspension while the disciplinary code of the public service says that the matter must be finalised with sixty days.

COSATU views this as part of the broader agenda of some employers in the province to bash unions and intimidate workers from being active in unions particularly COSATU unions.

COSATU also views this as wasteful and fruitless expenditure as tax payers money have been used to pay workers who cannot be at work.

COSATU is also disappointed that the hospital have been with the acting CEO since September 2010 and we view this post as a critical and it is also a funded post which was supposed to be filled within six months. COSATU have also noted the high turnover CEOs at this hospital with the CEO who stayed the longest been there for three years.

COSATU demands that the five suspended shop stewards must be returned to work by Monday 18 April 2011.

COSATU also demands that the hospital CEO must be appointed within one month and there must be a retention strategy to make sure that the CEO stays longer.

Failure to reinstate these workers will leave us with no option but to engage on a rolling mass action at the hospital from Tuesday 19 April 2011


Factory owners appear in court
IOL News 14 April 2011

Members of the Mfuleni community, near Khayelitsha, are protesting outside the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court. Photo Sam Clark

About 300 members of the Mfuleni community, near Khayelitsha, are protesting outside the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court where two factory owners are expected to apply for bail, the SABC reported on Thursday.

The two men faced charges of sexual assault, racial abuse and crimen injuria.

The two factory owners were arrested on Tuesday after four casual workers employed for the day, claimed they had been abused. - Sapa
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Eviction sparks violence
Aziz Hartley 14 April 2011

A Khayelitsha house was petrol bombed and burning barricades were erected as angry residents of E Section protested against the eviction of a family.

Three security guards, who were inside the Mncedisi Street house after the sheriff of the court had executed an eviction notice, struggled to extinguish the fire after the petrol bomb struck the front window. With the help of concerned neighbours the fire was put out.

Minutes earlier, three youths, accompanied by Abahlali baseMjondolo leader Mzonke Poni, were seen collecting glass bottles and a can of petrol in preparation for the attack on the house, ostensibly to force the security guards to come outside.

Earlier, about 200 people, many youths, gathered in nearby Makhabeni Road where they set alight tyres and rubbish. Teenagers in the crowd toyi-toyed and chanted slogans. Buses and mini-bus taxis were forced to use alternative routes.

Owner of the house, Nomachina Magodla said she had been served an eviction notice after her husband defaulted on payment of a loan he had taken.

“My husband worked for Transnet and, before he was dismissed, he borrowed money from them. I thought the loan had been repaid, but later learnt that it was not so,” she said.

A notice of sale in execution had been filed with the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court in November last year, and in February this year she was notified of the eviction.

“My parents lived here since 1984 and, when they went to the Eastern Cape, they left the house for me and my husband. I’ve got five children and two grandchildren. I’m jobless and have nowhere to go,” Magodla said.

Her family’s belongings had been carried from the house on to the pavement. Angry residents vowed to return the belongings and shouted at the security guards to leave.

One of the youths involved in the petrol bomb incident threw rocks at the house.

Before the attack, Poni and three others approached the guards, who refused to talk or come out. Later, while burning barricades were erected about 20 metres from Magodla’s house, Poni and two young men took up a position opposite the house. Moments later, glass shattered as a petrol bomb hit the house.

After Poni and the others fled, a resident who did not want to give her name said: “Where must Nomachina’s family sleep tonight? What about her children? This is very upsetting. All we are saying as residents is that if that family is not back in their house tonight we will take over.”

Anti-Eviction Campaign leader Mncedisi Twalo said there had been ten evictions in Khayelitsha yesterday and about 100 over the past month. He said the AEC was informed about Magodla’s eviction yesterday morning and came to offer support.

“The sooner the security guards move out of her house, the better, because we are also concerned about their safety, as the people are angry and will not stop protesting. Noma-china is a a mother of children. There is not need for her to suffer like this,” he said.

The area was quiet late last night. - Cape Times
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Ficksburg protesters torch buildings
Mail & Guardian 12 April 2011

Two municipal buildings in Ficksburg, in the eastern Free State, were set alight by rioters on Thursday after the killing of a man allegedly by the police.

"The home affairs building and the public works building was set alight at around 12.45pm," said police spokesperson Captain Phumelelo Dlamini.

"We are not sure if anyone has been injured or if the buildings were evacuated in time," he said.

The buildings were on different streets.

Dlamini said firefighters were on the scene and were trying to extinguish the flames.

"I'm also not sure if our members arrested anyone yet for arson," he said.

Earlier, Dlamini described said the area as "calm" and said residents were in their homes.

No arrests had been made yet in connection with the murder of 33-year-old Andries Tatane, who was the breadwinner of his family and had one child.

arrested for public violence
But 45 people were arrested for public violence on Wednesday and around 200 people converged at the Ficksburg Magistrates Court on Thursday, singing and toyi-toying, demanding their release.

Leading the march, Lereko Manako, of the Concerned Citizens of Meqheleng forum, said they would not leave until their members were freed.

He said scores of residents were injured in Thursday's protest when police opened fire on them.

"People were trampled and hurt in the commotion and we don't even know if it was live ammunition or rubber bullets."

He was aware of the fire a few roads away and dismissed SABC reports that learners had started it.

"We only have adults protesting, not children."

Manako was also mandated to speak on behalf of the Tatane family.

"The family are really, really sad and distraught and it's a terrible situation. They are angry and we are giving them time to now sought out funeral arrangements."

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) has sent a team of investigators to the area.

"Some were sent yesterday [Wednesday] and we sent more today [Thursday]," said ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini.

"They will investigate and take statements from witnesses and police ... then an identity parade will be carried out."

Firearms would be sent for ballistics testing.

A report of the findings would be compiled and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision on whether to prosecute, he said.

It was not clear if the police officers accused of the crime had been suspended.

Earlier, the ANC said it wanted Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to probe the matter and institute an "immediate commission of inquiry".

The party also expressed concern about the airing of the of the "shocking and disturbing images" of the killing on SABC television news.

"We therefore, also call upon the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to investigate whether the public broadcaster has not overstepped its mandate in this regard," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Police allegedly fired rubber bullets into Tatane's chest and then beat him with batons during a service delivery protest in the Meqheleng township.

He was allegedly attacked by at least six policemen simultaneously, according to media reports.

He was seen holding his hand against his chest after the assault and collapsed about 20 minutes later. He died before the ambulance arrived. -- Sapa
mg.co.za

One killed in Ficksburg protests
Independent Newspapers 13 April 2011

Police confirmed on Wednesday that a man has been killed during a protest march in Ficksburg in the eastern Free State.

Police spokesperson Captain Phumelelo Dlamini said police were investigating the incident.

The residents of Meqheleng township marched to the municipal offices in Ficksburg in March to hand over a memorandum on service delivery issues.

The Setsoto local municipality manager Bafana Mthembu said the Meqheleng Concerned Citizens group handed over demands for issues including proper water supply, repairs to sewerage drains and waste removal.

The cut-off time for the municipality to reply to the demands in the memorandum ran out recently. -
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Protester beaten to death by cops - report
Independent Newspapers 14 April 2011

The ANC has condemned the brutal killing of a 36-year old man, allegedly by police in Ficksburg, in the Eastern Free State.

On Wednesday night, the SABC broadcast images of approximately six policemen beating a man with batons and kicking him. He had also been shot in the chest and back.

Timeslive reports that the visuals show how the policemen cornered Andries Tatane, striking him with their batons and kicking him in an assault that lasted for a few minutes.

Tatane, from Masaleng township, Ficksburg, is seen holding his hand against his chest after the assault. He collapsed about 20 minutes later and died before an ambulance arrived, Timeslive reports.

As well as being beaten, he had been shot twice.

According to reports, police have defended their officers, saying a gunshot went off while policemen were trying to arrest the man.

They are investigating who the gun belonged to.

The ANC has called on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to institute an immediate commission of inquiry into the man's death.

“It was totally unbelievable, shocking and disgusting to see images on our television screens of such extreme police brutality and murderous activity,” the ANC said in a statement.

The man was among thousands of protesters who marched to the Setsoto local municipality to demand improved service delivery.

According to the SABC, a case of murder has been opened and the Independent Complaints Directorate are set to investigate.

Another 45 people were arrested for public violence and are expected to appear in court soon.

Following the man's death, police are reportedly out in full force at Ficksburg and Meqheleng.

Free State Premier Ace Magashule was quoted as saying that residents had the right to protest, but condemned the death, saying protests should be carried out without violence. - IOL
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Evictions and road blockades in Khayelitsha
AEC (W/Cape) 13 April 2011

Private security have come to E Block, Khayelitsha, Khayelitsha (near Lingelethu SAPS) to illegally evict families.

For the community, this is the last straw. They have responded by taking to the streets and occupying the roads - even burning tyres to make a point. They are trying to remove the security guards from the community and restore the homes to the hands of the rightfull occupants.

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction is on scene supporting the community.

There will be an update tonight on these evictions as well as the skyrocketing number of evictions taking place all over Cape Town within the past week.

A luta continua! Power to the poor people!

For more information and directions, contact Mncedisi Twalo at 0785808648



SAMWU Press Conference to pronounce on Pikitup Strike action
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 13 April 2011

The Largest local Government Union SAMWU, in the Gauteng province, will be holding an important Press Conference today, at 2:00pm. The purpose of the Press Conference will be to provide crucial information on the ongoing Pikitup strike and to pronounce on the status of the strike action.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the important Press Conference;

1. The employer’s refusal to sign proposals tabled to workers.

2. The resignation of board members and the Managing Director.

3. City of Johannesburg’s decision to take the Workers to court.

Members of the media are invited to the Press Conference today, to be held as follows;

Date: 13 April 2011

Venue: SAMWU JHB Provincial Office
84 Frederick Street Cnr Von Brandis
4th floor SAMWU house
Marshalltown
Johannesburg

Time:2:00 pm sharp

Secure underground parking is available on Von Brandis street.

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011-331 0333.
Cell: 0829403403.

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