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South African Protest News 28 August - 10 September (2011) South African Protest News 28 August - 10 September.  : -.

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Furious residents attack ‘speedster’
Mandilakhe Tshwete 9 September 2011

Angry residents pulled the driver from car after he ran over little boy.

Angry Cape Flats residents took the law into their own hands when they attacked a motorist who allegedly knocked over a child.

The Daily Voice had front row seats to the action and watched as the mob dragged the suspected speedster out of his car earlier this week.

The angry Heinz Park crowd were baying for blood and accused the man of reckless driving. They claim the suspect was driving at about 80km/h in a busy residential area.

People say the driver seemed to speed up when he saw people in the road and only hooted when he was metres away from the unsuspecting pedestrians.

Seconds later, he ploughed into the group, trapping a little boy under the vehicle. Fortunately the kid survived.

Residents descended on the man, grabbing his car keys from the ignition and pulling him from the red Uno.

The angry mob kept him on the scene and alerted authorities.

The crowd’s anger boiled over after a similar incident earlier in the day where another driver knocked a five-year old girl.

Ouma Amiena Fouche, 53, says : “My five-year-old grandchild was knocked down by a car this morning in front of my house.

“And now another child was knocked down a few hours later.

“No one is safe on the road, our children can’t walk anywhere because of these careless drivers.”

She says her grandchild has been admitted to Red Cross Hospital.

* This article was published on p7 of the Daily Voice
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Eskom workers march in Durban
NUM 9 September 2011

Thousands of Eskom workers belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will tomorrow march in Durban to hand a memorandum of demands to Eskom. Members are demanding that Eskom should increase its offer of 7% to 13% and stop its unilateral implementation of the 7% disagreement. The NUM further demands that Eskom should stop its conversion of the pension fund scheme to the provident fund and should further stop its arrogance in deterring the implementation of a minimum service level agreement.

“This is the beginning of the end for Eskom. If it thought we are going to watch it do as it wishes, then it has at the top management lousy dreamers and budding comedians” says Job Matsepe, a negotiator at Eskom. “The working lives of Eskom management will never be the same again. They will have sufficient stress to deal with” says
Matsepe. “Tomorrow ‘s march marks the beginning of big wars to come” he says.

Members will gather in New Germany in Durban at the corner of Shepstone and Escom Road at 10H00 to deliver a memorandum of demands at Eskom entrance on Lanner Road.

Time: 10H00

Place: Cnr Shepstone and Escom road, New Germany

Job Matsepe- (NUM Negotiator at Eskom) – 082 883 6837

Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719


Swaziland Independence Day Protest
Swaziland Democracy Campaign Cape Town Chapter 5 September 2011

The South African government has sent less that 20 million rand to help those starving in the Horn of Africa and yet it is willing to grant a R2.4 billion loan to Swaziland’s corrupt and regime of King Mswati. This loan will only sustain an unsustainable system and perpetuate the continued oppression and suffering of the people of Swaziland. We should only allow the South African government to release the money after the unbanning of political parties, unions, a commitment to free and fair elections for a democratic multi-party state, the freeing of media and the decentralisation of the economy from the monarch.

Sadly on a day when we should be celebrating the independence of the people of Swaziland we have chosen to protest against an unelected leader, an absolute monarch that controls the country as his private fiefdom and who has failed his people. We protest to demand that the South African government stop meddling with Swaziland's affairs and that it consider sending more aid directly to the people of Africa in need and less to corrupt and autocratic leaders.

Our protest action against the government loan to Swaziland’s monarchy will take place on Tuesday 6th September (12 – 2pm). It will start on the corner of Wale Street and Government Avenue at 12 noon and proceed to hand over our memorandum to the representative of the parliamentary committee international relations at the gates of parliament.

The media is invited to cover the event.

For Comment please contact : Mike Louw(COSATU) 082 3395443-,Martin Jansen(Workers World Media Productions) 082 8702025 or Braam Hanekom (PASSOP) 084 3191764


Thembelihle residents block roads
City Press 9 September 2011

Police fired rubber bullets at protesting Thembilihle residents in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, today.

“They were blocking the K43 with burning tyres and throwing stones at the police,” said Captain Mbulaheni Netshivhodza.

He said police had asked the crowd to disperse, but they persisted in throwing stones at them.

The police fired rubber bullets to bring the situation under control and the protesters then “retreated” into the informal settlement. “Things are under control again now and we are monitoring the situation,” Netshivhodza said.

No arrests had been made, and no serious injuries were reported.

Service delivery protests began in Thembelihle on Monday. About 500 residents demonstrated by barricading Klipspruit Valley Road with stones and burning tyres until Wednesday morning.

Residents also set fire to three load centres, causing damage of R1.5 million and depriving most of Lenasia extensions 9 to 11 of power from Monday night to 3am on Wednesday.
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Teenager trampled in Thembelihle protests
Mail & Guardian 6 September 2011

A 15-year-old girl was trampled by Thembelihle residents as they fled from police following a meeting with City of Johannesburg officials, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

"Residents were being addressed by a mayoral team [on Monday evening] when things got out of hand and police retaliated with water cannons and rubber bullets," Captain Hector Netshivhodza said.

"The girl was knocked down by running people and trampled ... she was injured and taken to hospital."

A report in the Star on Tuesday said the girl was bleeding from the mouth and had to be resuscitated after falling unconscious.

Netshivhodza described the situation in the township near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, as tense, with residents barricading roads with stones and burning tyres.

Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said residents fired live ammunition at police on Tuesday morning. They shot at police, a school in the area and a councillor's house, she said.

Police fired rubber bullets in return. "Nobody was injured [in the shooting]."

Disgruntled residents took to Klipspruit Valley Road outside the township shortly after midnight.

"They protested violently until 3am," she said.
Three electricity meters were also burnt.

Two occupants of a Toyota Corolla were also pelted with stones.

"They were slightly injured," she said.

About 500 residents began protesting over housing and water grievances on Monday.

Eighteen people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property. They were expected to appear in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Netshivhodza said.

There were also reports of an 11-year-old boy being shot in the face by rubber bullets. Netshivhodza said it was unclear whether the boy was hit with a bullet or stone.

A police officer was also injured by a stone on Monday.

He was hit in the leg with a rock, and suffered a sprain, she said.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said that Klipspruit Valley Road would be closed on Tuesday.

"Motorists should use the Golden Highway or Nirvana Drive as alternate routes, as there were still rocks and tyres on the road," he said. - Sapa
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Lenasia protests flare, die down again

Calm returned to the Themb'elihle township just east of Lenasia by midday after a morning of violent protests. But demonstrators say they'll continue blockading a road in the area until they get the answers they demand – though there is some disagreement what those need to be, and whether the ANC can supply them. By PHILLIP DE WET.

In the early morning there were rubber bullets, thrown rocks and vandalised traffic lights. By midday it had become a desultory affair, with soccer games in the street and bored riot police seeking out shade. But the anger, in this township that epitomises the economic divide, remained palatable.

Themb'elihle is a small informal settlement with shacks, dirt roads and – crucially – no electricity. Some people have rigged up illegal connections to the grid, but these are removed every so often. That is the major cause for complaint by residents, though their list of demands also includes proper sanitation and formal houses.

"These councillors, we vote for them and then they move into nice houses," one woman said. "They go away, then we ask them to help us, and they make promises, but they do nothing."

Early on Monday morning that frustration broke out in the streets again, with protesters hurling rocks at passing motorists on Klipspruit Valley Road, which separates the township from Lenasia proper, where brick houses line neat streets. Police intervened, and in the ensuing melee one police officer and one 11-year-old were injured, with several others hit by rubber bullets.

By early afternoon the road remained closed, and residents insisted that it would remain so until their councillor came to address them. "They know they'll have to come to us," one man told us. "We're crazy. We'll sleep here. They'll have to come."

An offer a meeting at a nearby police station didn't go down well.

Though protesters are leery of supplying their names, they were happy to talk to the media and share their thinking, but they couldn't exactly agree on what they would accept to end the standoff, or how they will react at the polls in future. Some burned ANC posters and vowed to vote for the Democratic Alliance in the next round of local government elections, saying they had seen DA municipalities take better care of citizens. Others wanted President Jacob Zuma to come see their living conditions, saying the ANC would help them if only it saw their plight. Some said that they'd return home if they received solid promises of action, others said they'd had enough of empty promises.

Lenasia residents expressed faith in the ability of the police to keep the remaining crowd of some 400 people from damaging their property, but said they lived in fear of day-to-day crime from their poorer neighbours. Few were in favour of improving conditions in Themb'elihle, though, recommending instead that its residents should be moved elsewhere.



Residents protest near Lenasia
IOL News 5 September 2011

Police fired rubber bullets at residents of Thembelihle, near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg on Monday morning as they protested against poor service delivery, Gauteng police said.

“The situation is very tense and police are shooting rubber bullets because they are being stoned,” Captain Hector Netshivhodza said.

He said about 300 people blocked Klipspruit Valley Road with burning tyres from 3am. They also damaged three cars and a traffic light with stones.

No arrests had been made.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said Klipspruit Valley Road was blocked off between Volta Street in Thembelihle and Bangalore Drive in Lenasia.

Motorists were advised to use the Golden Highway as an alternative route. – Sapa
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Open appeal to the public and progressive forces to support the Ranch workers and put pressure on Ranch Meat Centres to restore workers’ wages and benefits.
CSAAWU 2 September 2011

Ranch Meat Centres has declared war on their workers by implementing no wage increase for 2011, freezing of provident fund contribution, no annual bonus, cuts in pay for public holidays and Sunday work, labour flexibility (hire & fire) and the canceling of the meat allowance of R160. On the other hand Ranch is expanding; its Head office got a face lift, the bosses get free food, they ride the most expensive cars, get huge increases and benefits whereas workers struggle to feed their families and keep their children in school.

The union has made it clear to Ranch that the cutting of workers’ wages, taking away benefits and labour flexibility is tantamount to violence against workers, their families and working class communities in general. The union further informed the company that the forced imposition of such conditions will lead to greater insecurity and poverty in working class communities which in turn contributes to alcohol abuse, workers’ children leaving school at an early age, teenage pregnancies and violence against women and children. Ranch bosses will be responsible for this.

Ranch bosses have make it clear to the workers and the union that they are not interested in the suffering they are inflicting on workers and their families. Ranch bosses responded by locking workers out of the factory and bringing in labour brokers (Workforce) to exert pressure on workers to accept the bosses’ conditions.

If Ranch succeeds in getting away with this attack on workers it will set a dangerous precedent for other companies to follow. We call for solidarity with Ranch workers!

· Join picketing workers at Ranch’s head office (cnr Old Paarl & William Dabbs street, Brackenfell) on Saturday 3rd September from 9am to hand over a memorandum to Ranch bosses. Supporting organisations and individuals are urged to attend in solidarity with the workers and may hand over their own memorandum to the company.

· Put pressure on Ranch by writing a letter condemning their actions. Ranch can be faxed to 0219827030 or emailed to reception@ranchmeat.co.za. Letters must be cc’d to CSAAWU (tchristians@gmail.com) so that they can be read to the workers.

FORWARD TO THE LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN!
RANCH WORKERS UNITE

An injury to one is an injury to all!

Contact: Emmanuel Nkumbi: 072 428 3552l, Karel: 072 991 3371, Mongezi Phala: 073 858 6599, Peter: 083 950 8995, Trevor: 083 546 2911


Joburg under siege again
Baldwin Ndaba, Peter Fabricius and Shain Germaner 2 September 2011

Razor-wire barricades, roads blockaded, massive traffic jams, scores of police in riot gear, water cannons and armoured carriers… this was the scene outside Luthuli House this morning as South Africa awaited the result of Julius Malema’s application to have the charges against him overturned.

The presiding officer, ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Derek Hanekom, was due to announce the verdict at 9am today, but at the time of going to press the decision had not been made public.

The verdict follows an application by ANC Youth League president Malema to have three charges against him scrapped.

The charges relate to:

Malema’s saying in July that the youth league would set up a “command team” that would assist opposition parties in Botswana to unseat President Ian Khama. The league leadership also called Khama “a puppet of the West”.

His comments during a local government election rally in Kimberley at which he labelled whites “criminals”, reportedly saying: “We must take the land without paying. They took ours without paying. Once we agree (that) they stole our land, we can agree (that) they are criminals and must be treated as such.”

Comments he made in which he praised former president Thabo Mbeki, saying his departure from South Africa’s and the continent’s affairs had signalled an end to issues of the “African agenda”.

Regardless of what decision is taken on the three charges, Malema and his four co-accused – deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer Pule Mabe – will still have to face a fourth charge related to storming a meeting chaired by ANC President Jacob Zuma in August. Zuma was reportedly unhappy with their action as he had instructed an ANC NEC member to tell Malema he had postponed their scheduled meeting. All five men allegedly ignored the order.

If Malema loses his bid to have the first three charges dropped, he will be expected to enter a plea on each of the counts against him.

The ANC’s prosecution team will also be expected to provide Malema with the list of witnesses and statements which are intended to be used against him.

Zuma could be called as a witness on the fourth count.

The ANC’s prosecution on Wednesday rejected the application and insisted that all charges should be retained.

Yesterday Zuma, speaking in Oslo during a state visit to Norway, said he had told security forces to take “very strong action” against those who trashed streets and assaulted people, as Malema supporters had done outside the ANC’s headquarters this week.

Zuma was asked to comment on the violent protests in which property was damaged and bystanders assaulted. He said he wanted to deal with the issue in general terms, as he had not witnessed the Luthuli House protests, on which the ANC had commented.

“We don’t accept it. I don’t think it augurs well with democracy,” he added.

“If we say people must have free association, free speech, in democracy, it does not give permission to those who feel they need to… trash the roads, break windows, beat up people. That’s not the exercise of democracy.

“I feel, and I’ve been saying to the security forces, that very strong action must be taken against those people, because they’re breaking the law… you can’t say you are exercising your right to protest or to strike, or whatever, by interfering with the rights of other citizens.

“This culture of not respecting authority is not good for any country. It cannot be good for any democracy.”

Police were taking no chances before the announcement this morning as security efforts around Luthuli House and Beyers Naude Square were redoubled.

Barbed-wire barricades on Pritchard, Simmonds, Sauer and President streets formed a protective blockade around the ANC headquarters from dawn, with platoons of police officers monitoring the increasingly riled crowd.

It was early-morning youth league action that had police wary, as hundreds of jogging protesters made their way into Sauer Street at around 4.30am, with police forced to remove the dissident youth as they set up their barriers.

At around 6.15am, a group of about 40 youth leaguers were seen attacking a passing metro bus, beating the sides with sticks and kicking it as it drove past the square.

Some anti-Zuma protesters arrived carrying placards reading: “The bad mistake we did in 2007 was to elect a rapist as ANC president.”

Others brandished realistic toy guns.

The ANC has deployed some of its private security agents to identify troublesome ANC members who have also joined the protest.

The agents, wearing ANC T-shirts, have merged with the groups of protesters in order to identify troublemakers with the intention of bringing disciplinary action against them once the Malema matter is concluded.

Shortly after 9am the crowds of Malema supporters gathered at Beyers Naude Square had swelled to around 1 000, and more were streaming in.

Dozens of inyalas and some water-cannon-equipped police vehicles were also placed in the streets by 8am, surrounding the 300-strong crowd outside the Gauteng Legislature. This is the biggest show of force seen this week.

The protesters were unwilling to speak to the media, after attacks on police and reporters on Tuesday caused a severe backlash in media portrayals of the league.

Speaking on behalf of the crowd was Golden Miles Bhudu, who brandished his usual activist chains and a sign reading: “Scrape (sic) all charges now.”

“We were told not to get closer (to Luthuli House) and we will adhere to that. We don’t want to be seen as hooligans,” he said.

But Tuesday’s looting, rioting and stone throwing left police geared for chaos, with officers saying a short prayer ceremony before beginning their patrols.

Just after 7.30am today the mob decided to move down Pritchard and President streets in a pincer movement on Luthuli House, but police were quick to disband the group, sending them back to Beyers Naude Square.

Traffic was continuously redirected around the CBD, with cars gridlocked in the city centre.



Cleaners see red over R1 an hour increase
Karabo Seanego 1 September 2011

Cleaners take to the streets of Pretoria to express their dissatisfaction with the wage deal negotiated by their union. Photo: Oupa Mokoena

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has accepted a mere R1 an hour increase for private cleaners who are already earning a low salary.

This has angered other unions representing cleaners and yesterday cleaners took to the streets of Pretoria to express their dissatisfaction.

Songs of Phansi ngombuso ka Satawu, phambili ngama cleaners (Down with Satawu’s rule, forward with the cleaners) were sung outside the Pretoria News offices.

Satawu said on Sunday it had signed a three-year deal and hoped workers would be thrilled with it, “particularly the wage increase which is above the narrow expectations of conservative economists”.

Satawu also announced that workers would get a full 13th cheque from December and that no worker would work less than 35 hours a week, but workers said this was not enough.

Meneer Letsholo, shop steward for the Hotel, Liquor, Catering, Commercial and Allied Workers Union, said the other unions did not agree with Satawu and were not happy with the deal.

They are the Democratic Union of Security Workers; SA Cleaners, Security and Allied Workers Union; Professional Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA; SA National Security Forum; National Service and Allied Workers Union; and National Union of Hotel Restaurant Catering, Commercial Health and Allied Workers.

In terms of the deal, in year one, workers in Area A (people working in metropolitan and local councils) will get an increase from R12.51 an hour to R13.51 an hour. That is an 8 percent increase.

Area C (those in the rest of South Africa) will get an increase from R11.27 an hour to R12.23 an hour – an 8.5 percent increase.

“Satawu signed without consulting with us; they are sell-outs. We’re not going back to work until they agree to our demands,” said Letsholo.

The deal also stipulates that in year two, Area A and Area C will get an increase at a rate per hour equivalent to CPI plus 2 percent.

In year three, Area A will get an increase at a rate per hour equivalent to CPI plus 2 percent and Area C will get an increase of 2.5 percent an hour which will also be equivalent to the CPI of that year.

Letsholo said the workers did not agree with the idea of getting a 2 percent increase for two years.

“We can agree to the 2 percent increase for one year, but we refuse to accept it for two years,” he said.

Letsholo also lambasted the idea of working 24 hours a week as the agreement suggested.

The workers want to work eight hours a day and refuse to sign anything that will see them working less.

The deal also states that in year one when the deal is signed, a minimum of 24 hours a week are guaranteed for all workers but that the number of hours worked in any one week will be averaged over a period not exceeding three months.

In year two, a minimum of 30 hours a week is guaranteed and in year three, a minimum of 35 hours.

“The proposed hours will not cover us and we don’t agree with them. We want to work 40 hours a week so we can support our families,” said Letsholo.
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Toll petition handed to legislature
IOL News 1 September 2011

The DA has submitted a petition to the Gauteng Legislature with over 9 000 signatures against the proposed Gauteng toll system, it said on Thursday.

“We the undersigned demand that the highway toll system be halted,” the petition read, according to DA MPL Neil Campbell. “The costs of these tolls are too high, too complicated and unaffordable.”

The signatures were gathered from people on some of the party's internet sites.

Campbell said the petition would now be considered by the Petitions and Public Participation Committee.

“The DA will push for public hearings where ordinary people can make a real input and be listened to properly,” Campbell said in a statement.

“The DA is not giving up the fight against the toll fees. It can be reversed if there is enough public pressure.”

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin announced last month that cabinet had approved reduced toll tariffs for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) phase A1.

Motorcyclists would pay 24 cents a kilometre, light motor vehicles 40 cents, medium vehicles R1, and “longer” vehicles R2.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.

In addition to the 31 percent e-tag discount, other discounts applicable would be a time of day discount available to all vehicles, and a frequent user discount for motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag.

Political parties, trade unions, non-government organisations and civil society reacted with anger to the announcement.

Cosatu threatened to strike if the policy was not scrapped, and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said it would join in.

Automobile Association (AA) spokesman Gary Ronald said it appeared that all intentions of a fund to alleviate tolling had disappeared, leaving the public to foot the bill.

Business Unity SA (Busa) said the e-tolling system would introduce significant administrative and cost complexity for business that would be felt right across the spectrum by the tourism industry, manufacturers, and small business. - Sapa
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Strike continues at Nkomati mine
NUM 1 September 2011

The strike by over 2000 workers and members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continues unabated at Nkomati mine in Machadodorp outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. The strike has today entered its third day. The strike is over the disparities between African and White workers as well as a shift allowance of 7%. The parties engaged each other for the past three days and have come closer to each other. The main obstacle is now the wording in the agreement particularly the clause that reads: “ The parties further agree that the union will investigate the total package or unbundling of the total package to cater for medical aid, housing allowance and 13th cheque without increasing the total cost to company”. The NUM is particularly unhappy with the underlined phrase in the agreement and has appealed to Nkomati mine management to consider changing it so that there could be an urgent amicable solution to the ongoing strike action. The company has vehemently refused to do so and the NUM has steadfastly decided to intensify the strike action. “ We have no option but to fight and fight and fight until a resolution is found. No resolution, no end to the strike” says William Mabapa, the NUM ‘s Regional Secretary in North East region.

William Mabapa- (NUM Regional Secretary in North East)- 082 880 4439

Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719


Protest outside court
IOL News 1 September 2011

Scores of people were protesting outside the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, calling for bail to be denied to the driver of a minibus taxi that killed 12 people, the department of transport said.

“Our officials, members of community safety forums and members of interfaith organisations are protesting outside the court now,” said department spokesman Kwanele Ncalane.

Themba Mazibuko, facing murder charges, was expected to apply for bail on Thursday, he said.

“He has been in custody since he was released from the hospital. People are opposing the granting of bail to Mazibuko,” he said.

Ten people, including a three-year-old boy, died in the accident on August 6.

The driver was making a U-turn on the N3 highway when a bus crashed into his taxi.

Both vehicles rolled down a 10m embankment and landed in a river. A total of 32 people were also injured in the accident. - Sapa
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Angry pupils lock cops out
IOL News 31 August 2011

Learning was disrupted at a school near KwaMhlanga on Monday morning during a protest by pupils, Mpumalanga police said.

Angry pupils locked the gate of Vukuzame Senior Secondary School in Tweefontein C and police could not even get in, Captain Eric Mathavha told Sapa.

“The cause of the protest is not known and we are sending more police officers to the school to resolve the matter.” – Sapa
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Malema rioters a no show
IOL News 31 August 2011

There was no sign of ANC Youth League rioters in Johannesburg's city centre on Wednesday when a disciplinary hearing against their leader, Julius Malema, and his co-accused was scheduled to continue.

No ANC Youth League supporters had arrived in town by 10am, in stark contrast to Tuesday when rioters thronged the streets, hurled broken bricks at journalists and police officers and burnt posters and t-shirts bearing pictures of President Jacob Zuma's face.

By Wednesday morning, rocks in the streets had been moved to the sides of the roads around Luthuli House.

Passers-by were strolling through Beyers Naude square, which was strewn with litter and empty beer bottles.

Police officials said their colleague who was hit by a rock on Tuesday received stitches in hospital and was back on duty on Wednesday.

Media and police were standing in groups chatting in and around the square while some were at the nearby Wimpy having coffee.

Roads around Luthuli House, where there was a strong police presence, were briefly closed around 10am and then reopened.

Journalists who had arrived early expressed nervousness ahead of the second day of the hearing.

Jacaranda FM reporter Melissa du Preez was groped and pushed around by rioters on Tuesday.

“I'm hoping I won't have to fear for my life again. I'm hoping it will be a bit more restrained. I was frightened when driving here this morning and praying that other journalists would be here early as well. There's safety in numbers.”

Eyewitness news reporter Andrea van Wyk was also groped, sworn at and called a bitch and an Afriforum agent.

“I will be a bit more cautious today and I hope demonstrators will heed Malema's call not to target journalists.”

Most businesses were open after closing their doors on Tuesday when Malema supporters became violent.

A policeman and six journalists were hit by rocks, including a Carte Blanche cameraman, Dudley Saunders, who had a bleeding gash on his forehead, according to reports on Wednesday.

Sapa photographer Werner Beukes, two eNews journalists Belinda Moses and Cathy Mohlahlana, The Star photographer Boxer Ngwenya and Citizen photographer Michel Bega were also hit by rocks thrown by Malema supporters.

The ANC initially said the hearing would be moved to a different venue, but spokesman Jackson Mthembu on Wednesday morning said it would continue at Luthuli House.

“The hearing will be held at Luthuli House, however if the situation does not improve from Tuesday, it will be moved to an alternative venue,” Mthembu said.

“The National Disciplinary Committee would make the final decision when or if to move venues.”

Malema, league spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy, Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists” and was undermining the “African agenda”.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the hearing continued despite the violence.

Business Day reported that Malema suffered a setback at the start after failing in a bid to have the ANC members conducting the hearing recused. – Sapa
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Cops gear up for Day 2 of hearing
IOL News 31 August 2011

Police carrying riot gear were marching through a Johannesburg street on Wednesday morning, when Youth League leader Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing was set to continue.

More police officers arrived as their colleagues marched down President Street near Luthuli House, the headquarters of the ANC where Malema and five co-accused face disciplinary charges.

Streets around Luthuli House were expected to close around 10am, an officer on the scene told a Sapa reporter.

Journalists who had arrived early expressed nervousness ahead of the second day of the hearing which had seen Malema supporters turn violent.

Jacaranda FM reporter Melissa du Preez was groped and pushed around by rioters on Tuesday. “I'm hoping I won't have to fear for my life again. I'm hoping it will be a bit more restrained. I was frightened when driving here this morning and praying that other journalists would be here early as well. There's safety in numbers.”

Eyewitness news reporter Andrea van Wyk was also groped, sworn at and called an Afriforum agent. “I will be a bit more cautious today and I hope demonstrators will heed Malema's call not to target journalists.”

Most businesses were open after closing their doors on Tuesday when Malema supporters became violent.

“Right now the situation is back to normal,” said Johannesburg metro police spokesman Wayne Minnaar. “There's a possibility that it could change.”

The ANC earlier said the hearing of Malema and his five co-accused would continue at Luthuli House, despite violent protests by his supporters there on Tuesday.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said there was a strong police presence in town. “Our members are still there in town.”

Roads would be closed again, “if there are some problems”, said Dlamini.

A policeman was hospitalised on Tuesday and six journalists were hit by rocks, including a Carte Blanche cameraman, Dudley Saunders, who had a bleeding gash on his forehead, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Sapa photographer Werner Beukes, two eNews journalists Belinda Moses and Cathy Mohlahlana, The Star photographer Boxer Ngwenya and Citizen photographer Michel Bega were also hit by rocks thrown by Malema supporters.

The ANC initially said the hearing would be moved to a different venue, but spokesman Jackson Mthembu on Wednesday morning said it would continue at Luthuli House.

“The hearing will be held at Luthuli House, however if the situation does not improve from Tuesday, it will be moved to an alternative venue,” Mthembu said.

“The National Disciplinary Committee would make the final decision when or if to move venues.”

Rioters thronged Johannesburg's city centre on Tuesday, hurling broken bricks at police and journalists, and burning pictures of President Jacob Zuma.

Malema, league spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy, Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists” and was undermining the “African agenda”. – Sapa
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Cop hurt in pupil protest
IOL News 30 August 2011


A police officer was injured and two state vehicles damaged during a protest by pupils in Cosmo City, north-west of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Police were still keeping an eye on Cosmo City Secondary School following Monday's violence, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said.

Hundreds of pupils protested on Monday afternoon, demanding their principal be fired.

While police were talking to them, a group ran out of the school grounds.

“They completely damaged two vehicles with stones and other hard objects. A male officer was admitted to hospital after he was hit with a brick in the face.”

Two boys, both aged 18, were arrested and charged with public violence and malicious damage to property. They were expected to appear in court soon.

The Gauteng education department was not immediately available for comment. – Sapa
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Samwu calls of strike
30 August 2011

The SA Municipal Workers' Union called off its two-week-long national strike on Tuesday.

Spokesman Mthandeki Nhlapo said wage negotiations would continue with the SA Local Government Bargaining Council.

The decision had been taken by the special national executive committee, because members were starting to experience “intimidation” in the form of court interdicts and dismissal threats, he said.

In addition, most members had already started going back to work, although some were prepared to continue with the strike.

The special national executive committee met on Saturday, August 27 and resolved to end the strike on Monday, August 29.

He condemned employers' lack of commitment towards ending the strike, which had left communities without services.

Nhlapo said employers had failed to justify a 6.08 percent offer for Samwu members while proposing a seven percent increase for councillors.

The decision does not affect Samwu's planned strike action in the water sector, said Samwu collective bargaining officer Dale Forbes. - Sapa



SAMWU gets go ahead to strike in water sector
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 30 August 2011

At a conciliation in the water sector, which took place in Pretoria yesterday, no settlement of the on-going wage dispute was reached. The commissioner issued a certificate of non-resolution which would allow SAMWU to take protected strike action in the sector.

Employer body SAAWU attempted to have the conciliation dismissed, as they claimed that they were prepared to make a movement. The Commissioner rejected this spurious argument and ruled that SAMWU had submitted a valid referral and that he had powers to conciliate the dispute.

The employers, Rand, Magalies, Lepelle Northern, Bloem, Botshelo, Bushbuckridge, Amatola and Sedibeng Water refused to move from their original offer of 4,6% across the board. The employer also failed to address any of the allied demands by SAMWU.

The Unions demands remains as follows:

- An across the board increase of 15% or R1700, whichever is greater

- A minimum of R2000 housing allowance

- Meal Coupons to be increased to a maximum of R10-00, where they exist

- A minimum of 15% standby allowance

- A minimum of 15% shift allowance

- Maternity leave of 6 months

- Acting allowance equivalent to the payment at a higher post

- Medical aid contributions to be paid fully by the employer

- Wet and Dry Trade Artisans to be on the same level – no current differential in qualifications. Remove discrimination between trades.

- Tool Allowance to be increased with the same percentage as the annual salary increase

- Agency Shop fees to be increased to the highest denomination Union Fees.

SAMWU’s Collective Bargaining Officer expressed serious disappointment in the irresponsible attitude by the employer. While inflation is at 5,3% presently, the employer wants workers to accept an increase below that. This will further impoverish workers who already suffer the hardships that capitalism inflicts upon the working class.

The Union cannot rule out that there may be disruption to water supplies throughout the country, as the Union contemplates its next step in addressing this dispute.

For further comment, contact SAMWU’s Collective Bargaining Officer, Dale Forbes on 0842996567.

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.


Protest against trucks South Durban
30 August 2011

Last Friday after the Climate Justice meeting, driving Des D'Sa home to Wentworth, we detoured through Clairwood after an activist called, finding ourselves outside a transport company whose truck drivers race their vehicles through the South Durban residential 'hood. Ten deaths are known to have resulted from truckers in Clairwood, and so there are VERY angry residents now fed up with illegal transport, mechanic and light industrial operations surrounding them.

Mervyn and 100 residents had blocked the entrance to the transport company and burned a couple of tyres to make their point. This happens every day, probably a few dozen times in South Africa's furious poor and working neighbourhoods.


Malema's supporters run riot
Mail & Guardian 30 August 2011

There were violent clashes between African National Congress Youth League supporters and police officers in Johannesburg's city centre on Tuesday morning, ahead of league president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing.

A Mail & Guardian reporter on the scene said protesters had broken through barricades and were pelting police and journalists with glass bottles and stones.

Police had fired a warning shot, and turned a water cannon on the protesters. Police officers had also sprayed protesters with mace.

Malema's supporters could be seen burning ANC flags and T-shirts and by 10am were metres away from the entrance to Luthuli House. Those inside the building had lowered a metal roll-down door over the entrance. Two police officers were injured in the protest -- one appeared to have injured his arm, while another had a bloody face.

Three black BMWs, escorted by metro police, arrived at Luthuli House at about 10.30am to loud cheering from the crowds.

People started shouting "Juju, Juju!" but it was not clear if the leader was actually in one of the cars.

Soon after the arrival of the BMWs, youth league supporters again started throwing broken bricks at police and journalists.

"Malema is our brother," read a placard being held up by one of Malema's supporters.

Several streets were closed while groups of supporters, whistling and blowing vuvuzelas, ran up and down, signalling to motorists to stop and make U-turns.

One of the supporters told a South African Press Association reporter they were running around to show the police they were not scared of them, and that they would force their way into Luthuli House if the disciplinary hearing went against Malema and his co-accused.

"Juju, we are with you," stated another placard that was being waved around.

Beyers Naude square, where portable toilets had been set up, was strewn with litter following a night vigil.

A helicopter hovered over the crowds while police would not allow anyone near Luthuli House.

"The numbers are swelling," said Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.

"Sauer Street is blocked off at Market Street, Simmonds Street is blocked off at Pritchard Street and Harrison Street is blocked off at Pritchard Street."

Malema faces charges alongside league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, league deputy-president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy, Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer general Pule Mabe.

The charges include bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Initially only Malema and Shivambu were charged, but the four other leaders' names were added to the charge sheet last week.

The league was reportedly hoping to argue in Malema's defence that he was communicating a resolution of the ANCYL national executive committee and therefore the entire body should be charged, not just the president.

Last year, Malema pleaded guilty in an ANC disciplinary hearing after he publicly criticised President Jacob Zuma.

The national disciplinary committee at the time said that should Malema be found guilty of provoking serious divisions or a break-down of unity in the organisation within the next two years, his membership of the ANC would be suspended. - Sapa

For more news and multimedia on ANC Youth League president Julius Malema click here.
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Cops ready for Malema mayhem
IOL News 29 August 2011

Gauteng police were prepared for any eventuality ahead of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

“Police and other law enforcement agencies will be taking precautionary measures to make sure that there will be no disruptions in the city centre and surroundings to Luthuli House,” Liutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said in a statement.

“Lawlessness will not be tolerated. Certain streets leading to the city centre and surroundings to the Luthuli House may be affected and members of the Johannesburg metro police will be on the ground to make sure that traffic runs smoothly.”

Dlamini said law enforcement agencies considered the intended gathering of supporters prohibited, because “no application was received in terms of the Gatherings Act”.

Malema told reporters on Monday the league would not be bussing in supporters.

African National Congress Youth League spokeswoman Magdalene Moonsamy said she could not say when and how many supporters were expected.

“It is at the discretion of the membership. If they want to arrive today (Monday), they are at liberty to do so. There are many that will be there during the night for a night vigil. They are showing support for the leadership.”

Malema faces charges alongside his spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe.

The charges include bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks. Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists” and undermining the “African agenda”.

The ANC publicly rebuked the league, which then apologised.

ANCYL national executive committee (NEC) member Lerato Mofokeng however said at the weekend the league still called for a freer and more democratic society in Botswana. She indicated the youth movement's apology in this regard was meant more for the “media”, and that the movement stood by its statement.

Initially only Malema and Shivambu were charged, but the four other leaders' names were added to the charge sheet last week.

The league was reportedly hoping to argue in Malema's defence that he was communicating a resolution of the ANCYL's NEC, and therefore the entire body should be charged, not just the president.

Last year, Malema pleaded guilty in an ANC disciplinary hearing after he publicly criticised President Jacob Zuma. The ANC's disciplinary committee at the time said should Malema be found guilty of provoking serious divisions or a break-down of the organisation's unity within the next two years, his ANC membership would be suspended. -
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SATAWU cleaning strike over, wage deal signed
SATAWU 28 August 2011

The South African Transport & Allied Workers Union (SATAWU)) representing workers cleaning sector has finally reached an agreement on wages with the Employer’s Associations of the industry. The parties signed a 3 year agreement which includes an 8% across the board. The agreement entails the following:

· The wage increase from 1st December 2011 will be 8% for area A and 8.5% for area C

· Second year CPI (2% both areas)

· Full 13 cheque effective from December 2011

· Third year CPI ( 2% in area A) and (2.5% in area C)

· No worker will work less than 35 hours per week

· The Employers agreed to an in-principle commitment to a basic salary in the industry during the next round of negotiations.

The agreement was signed after three weeks of strike action which saw the CCMA intervening in the dispute. We hope workers will be thrilled with this agreement particularly the wage increase which is above the narrow expectations of conservative economist always wanting unions to accepts lower wage increases in line with inflation targeting. The Employers’ Associations attempted to put forward an argument that the rate of wage increases has been higher than the rate of inflation over the past 5 years.

SATAWU cannot subscribe to this notion because of the following realities:

· South Africa is the most unequal country in the world in terms of income, and the most concrete way to address this inequality is to close the wage gap.

· In the absence of an adequate social wage, workers rely on their salaries to provide for all their needs and those of their families.

· As of the 1st July, Eskom has increased the electricity tariff by 30%; petrol is now over R10/litre and municipality rates and taxes have also increased by a large percentage

It has really taken long hard years for the union to convince employers to accede to an averagely wage increase. We have argued strongly in the past that wage rates of the cleaning workers should be impeccably based to cushion for vagaries of inflation and economic hardships.

We hope and trust that workers will be encouraged with the new shifts. Maybe we can move forward to concretely transform the industry. With this agreement parties will now concentrate on bigger issues of the industry such as the continued use of labour brokers and the lack of a policy framework on basic salary. The wage increase will go a long way in promoting change in the industry. So far, the signing of this deal will paint positive developments in the industry as it will improve the conditions of workers.

We expect our members to return to work as early as Monday.

Issued by:

Mamokgethi Reagoikanya Molopyane

National Spokesperson -082 395 0907/011 333 6127

twitter: @Reagoikanya
SATAWU


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