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South African Protest News 27 September - 13 October 2011 (2011) South African Protest News 27 September - 13 October 2011.  : -.

Cop hurt in Thembalethu riot
IOL News 12 October 2011

Violence erupted in Thembalethu township, outside George, when residents clashed with police in service delivery protests.

Violence erupted in Thembalethu township, outside George, on Wednesday when residents clashed with police in service delivery protests, Southern Cape police said.

“The situation is very tense. The people are throwing petrol bombs at the police,” said Captain Bernadine Steyn.

A policeman was hit by an object thrown by the protesters.

“One of our members has been rushed to hospital after being hit above his eye,” she said.

Three police vehicles were damaged and the Thembalethu police station was pelted with stones.

“We are making arrests. I am not sure now how many people we have taken in but we are arresting the violent protesters,” said Steyn.

Police fired rubber bullets and water cannons were used to disperse the crowd.

Residents protesting over poor service delivery had set up burning tyre barricades in the streets. The community was reportedly enraged by water and sanitation problems in the township.

Police said around 4 000 people had gathered and more were joining the protest. – Sapa

COSATU NW marches against corruption
Cosatu 12 October 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West, its affiliates and the community of the North West, will stage a protest march against corruption in the province

As COSATU we have noted the current spate of corruption in our country and the failure or unwillingness of the government to deal with it. We believe that the tendering system is the major contributor to corruption in our country, in particular this province. We believe that corruption denies our people their right to access to quality basic services.

COSATU will demand amongst others the following:

1. The premier must deal with corruption decisively

2. The premier must release the SIU investigation report which was done in line with the investigation of the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the 23 municipalities in the province in 2009 and the forensic report of the 6 departments investigated by the former Premier Maureen Modiselle.

3. Government must conduct a full investigation into corruption and all the people who assist in bringing information must be protected and those who are implicated must be arrested and prosecuted.

4. All companies found engaged in corrupt activities must be blacklisted and publicised in the media.

5. All municipalities must make sure that basic services are accessible to the communities all the time.

The march will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday 13 October 2011
Venue: Rustenburg taxi rank
Time 12H00

The memorandum will be handed over to the premier and the deputy minister of local government.

All members of COSATU and the community are encouraged to come out in number to fight for their rights.

The march will be led by the general secretary of COSATU and COSATU CEC members.

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

5 held for mob justice
IOL News 11 October 2011

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of three would-be robbers in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

“One of the would-be robbers, who escaped, is now informing police. He is in custody on an armed robbery charge.”

Godlwana said the community handed over two firearms apparently used in the botched robbery after the arrest of the five on Monday.

Four men broke into a house in Nkululekweni township, Flagstaff, on Friday evening.

The occupants called for help, and residents attacked the robbers.

Three of the intruders were dragged to a nearby dam and killed. The fourth man ran away.

A passerby discovered the bodies of the three on the banks of the dam on Saturday.

The bodies had multiple stab and bullet wounds. Their throats had been slit. The three were aged between 20 and 30.

“The five community members are appearing in the Flagstaff Magistrate's Court today (Tuesday) on three counts of murder. We are likely to make more arrests on this matter,” said Godlwana. – Sapa

Protesters held in Limpopo
IOL News 7 October 2011

Four men were arrested on Friday for public violence at the Dilokong Chrome Mine in Mecklenburg, near Sekhukhune in Limpopo, police said.

This brought to 11 the number of people arrested since Tuesday during service delivery protests in the area, said Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto.

She said violence erupted at the mine on Tuesday night when people barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres.

They were demanding the mine provide tarred roads, a training centre, and schools.

“The mob threw stones at security guards and damaged two bakkies and trucks by setting them alight at the entrance of the mine,” said Otto.

Three of the protesters, including a 17-year-old youth, were arrested on Wednesday and appeared in the Burgersfort Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The youth was instructed to undergo evaluation by social workers. The case was postponed until December 1.

“Eight members of the group will appear in the Burgersfort Magistrate's Court on Monday to answer charges of public violence and malicious damage to property,” said Otto. – Sapa

‘Xenophobic’ attack case on hold
IOL News 10 October 2011

A Limpopo ANC ward councillor and 18 other people appeared in the Seshego Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder of a Zimbabwean man, police said.

The matter was postponed to December 1 for further investigation, Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo said.

The accused faced charges of incitement, public violence, malicious damage to property, arson, and murder.

Councillor Tebogo Mojapelo, 29, and 11 others were released on bail granted at a previous hearing.

Godfrey Sibanda was stoned to death by an angry crowd during an attack on foreigners in Seshego, near Polokwane, in June.

The mob also torched RDP houses occupied by Zimbabweans. – Sapa

6 appear for mob justice
IOL News 10 October 2011

Six men appeared in the Mkobola Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the group assault of a suspected burglar, Mpumalanga police said.

They were released on a warning and would reappear on October 25, Warrant Officer David Mahlangu said.

He said a 32-year-old man was accused of breaking into a tavern in Kwaggafontein village and stealing liquor.

“The mob dragged the man from his girlfriend's home to the street on Saturday night, where they pelted him with stones and other objects. They then took him to the local police station.”

Police arrested six of the men. The others ran away. The suspected burglar was admitted to KwaMhlanga hospital in a serious condition. – Sapa

Landlady helped kill toddler: residents
IOL News 11 October 2011

Angry residents have vowed to destroy the house where a little boy was slaughtered in a brutal muti murder.

On Monday, hordes of residents armed with sticks and petrol bombs descended on the Gugulethu home where Athenkosi Nkone was killed on Friday afternoon.

The boy was slaughtered in the rented room of the accused, who confessed to his deed less than an hour after allegedly slitting the toddler’s throat and stuffing him in a suitcase.

Now residents are blaming the woman who rented the room to the accused, saying she is linked to the muti killing.

But 70-year-old Phiophia Bashe says she is no witch and had no idea her tenant might be a killer.

Cops were forced to move in to protect the old woman after locals flung petrol bombs through her windows in an attempt to burn down her home and her along with it. But residents tossed stones at the police van that whisked the fearful woman away from the crowd.

Officers responded by firing rubber bullets at the armed mense who continued singing songs about Bashe being a witch.

Speaking to the Daily Voice in the presence of the police, Phiophia said: “I’m scared to be in my own house.

“The accused is just a tenant and this had nothing to do with me… I never know what tenants do in their shacks and I can’t take responsibility.”

But Athenkosi’s father believes she should be in the dock along with the accused.

“I think he (the accused) had accomplices and the owner of the house should be arrested,” says grieving Sidney Mavata, 33.

“Three people went to that house and asked the old lady if she saw my son when they were searching for him and she denied seeing him.

“That sounds to me like she was in on the slaughtering of my son.

“This is all witchcraft and the sad part is that I can’t get answers to the questions I have.

“I wish I had more time with the suspect on Friday so he could give me the real reason for murdering my son.”

Meanwhile, residents packed into the Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Monday where the accused made his first court appearance on murder and kidnapping charges.

Cops say the accused allegedly lured the little boy to the Gugulethu shack with sweets.

In a shocking twist, the landlady’s son says 24 hours before the murder, the accused had told him he needed to kill someone.

And shortly after allegedly killing Athenkosi, the accused went back to Lungile Mabentsela, 53, to tell him he had carried out his dark deed.

After calling the cops, Lungile entered the shack where he found Athenkosi stuffed in a suitcase with his throat slit and his blood in a bowl close to the body.

The case was postponed to October 17 for further investigation.

* This article was published on p8 of the Daily Voice

Picket to US Embassy
Cosatu & Friends of Cuba Society 10 October 2011

The Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS), SACP COSATU and ANC will stage a picket at the US Embassy on 14 October 2011. The picket is part of the global campaign calling for the freedom of the Cuban Five. The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are imprisoned in the United States of America and serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in 2001. They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González. The five were involved in monitoring and preventing terrorist activities by Miami based terrorist groups against Cuba. They were falsely accused of espionage conspiracy against the US government.

A memorandum of demands will be submitted to the US Embassy. The details of the Picket are as follows

Date: Friday 14 October 2011
Venue: US Embassy, Cnr Pretorius and Eastwood Streets, Pretoria
Time: 11H00 – 14H00

Mob hunts and kills man
Mercury Reporters 10 October 2011

A man was stoned to death in uMlazi, Durban, yesterday by a mob who suspected him of killing another person in an apparent robbery on Saturday night.

A group of about 200 people, armed with pangas and sticks, searched for the suspect, known only as Scelo.

The man was found at an orphanage called Kwagozololo in the township’s Z-section.

Residents said the man put up a fight with an axe, but was overpowered by the mob who then took him to a bakkie.

He was taken to U-Section where he was stoned to death and set alight.

A group of people apparently watched with glee. Women ululated when the suspect was covered with plastic sheeting used to cover dead people.

One resident said people decided to kill the man because he had been the ring leader of a gang of thugs responsible for a reign of terror.

He believed that crime would drop now in the area.

Another community member said the man was stoned after he allegedly killed another man, Yo Goqo, in a robbery.

However Goqo’s family declined to comment.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said police were investigating a case of murder. He said two men had been arrested in connection with the killing of Goqo.

However no one had yet been arrested for the murder of the alleged gang leader Scelo.

Meanwhile, Durban police arrested two suspects, aged 28 and 33, linked to the murder of a 70-year-old traditional leader who was gunned down at his homestead yesterday.

The suspects were linked to the murder of Walter Mak-hanya, who was shot at close range.

Mahanya was the induna of Ensimbini tribal authority in Folweni outside Durban.

His daughter Zanele Mak-hanya said the murder was linked to a family dispute.

“For years, my father had been living in fear of his life as a result of this dispute. We are also scared that these people might now attack us at night,” said Makhanya.

Shortly after the incident, police arrested the suspects at the nearby KwaMakhutha township.

Five teenagers were arrested on Friday for gang- raping a 24-year-old woman in the ZCC church in Ematimatolo outside Greytown.

It is alleged the suspects, who are between 15 and 19, attacked the woman on October 2.

Meanwhile, in Pietermaritzburg, 37 people were arrested in Mountain Rise on charges ranging from drunken driving to house robbery and drug possession.

As part of Operation Black Panther, police staged several road-blocks and paid a visit legal and illegal liquor sellers in the area.

Those arrested will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today

Harbour hit by illegal strike
Yusuf Moolla and Bongani Hans (The Mercury)10 October 2011

A STRIKE at Durban’s Pier 1 has brought container handling to a halt, and shipping movements are unlikely to return to normal until later today. The strike began on Saturday and some companies have diverted ships elsewhere.

Malcolm Sodalay, regional chairman of the SA Association of Freight Forwarders, said the association had been notified that employees at Pier 1 had embarked on an illegal strike and the terminal would remain closed until at least 6am today while talks continued with union officials.

“During the last week productivity has been slow and a shutdown like this will have a major impact on the freight industry. There is also a risk that some ships will not be able to wait while it is resolved,” he said.

Sources said they understood Transnet had made changes to a staff incentive scheme without consulting unions.

MSC shipping head Salvatore Sarno said his company had at least one ship sitting idle.

There was a possibility that more MSC ships might be affected.

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Andrew Layman said he had been told the pier was forced to shut as a result of an illegal strike.

In a joint statement Transnet and the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) blamed the problem on “a temporary suspension of activities due to operational issues within the terminal”.

“None of Transnet’s other operations in the Durban Port were affected. Transnet has activated its contingency plans to minimise further disruptions.”

The company estimated that the terminal would return to full operation today.

Customers with urgent queries have been asked to call 0861 204 485

Transnet spokesman Mboniso Sigonyela said he could not confirm the number of affected ships, but workers were slowly returning to their posts by last night.

A manager with a large international shipping line said the line had not received any communication from port authorities.

“With the end of the year, the demand in cargo is high. If we cannot offload at the pier we need to make urgent arrangements to divert ships,” he said.

Chiawelo residents face cut-offs
IOL News10 October 2011

Eskom says it is conducting audits in Chiawelo to assess the extent of damage to its infrastructure after it found that some metering enclosures were being cut with grinders to bypass the system.

Eskom is to disconnect customers whose meters are found to have been tampered with in Chiawelo, Soweto.

The power utility said it was conducting audits in Chiawelo to assess the extent of damage to its infrastructure after it found that some metering enclosures were being cut with grinders to bypass the system.

This follows an incident in which Eskom said some residents had reported vandalism of its infrastructure in the area last week.

“These criminal acts were conducted by individuals who cut through Eskom metering enclosures with grinders. Police, together with Eskom, managed to confiscate equipment which was used by the perpetrators, and the police are busy with their investigation,” the power utility stated. Eskom would like to send a strong warning that where customers allow the tampering of meters, the utility will remove the installations of these customers’ houses completely and they will have to reapply for new equipment and pay the necessary (installation) costs.”

The utility has been dealing with challenges in Chiawelo, where residents have resisted the split metering system rolled out there as a pilot project about five years ago.

In the new system, the meter is placed inside a “tamper-proof” steel box in the street, while only a keypad, used to load electricity units, is inside the house.

This was done to avoid tampering with meters. which causes power outages due to system overloading.

“Split metering has been implemented in Chiawelo, and this has led to a safe, reliable and stable electricity supply in Chiawelo.

This is mainly because split metering reduced the overloading of networks by ensuring that customers accurately account for their consumption,” Eskom said.

Residents, however, protested violently against split metering, which they allege was running faster and was expensive for them.

The houses of two councillors were torched in July, allegedly by protesters.

Police arrested 26 suspects, who, except for a 14-year-old, are still in prison for charges of public violence, arson and attempted murder.

Eskom has denied claims that split metering is overcharging, saying customers are paying for what they use.

The utility said that according to the incline block tariff aimed at promoting wise usage of power, customers will be penalised if they use too much electricity next time.

To ease the burden on customers, Eskom said it was, “together with the government, evaluating an option of installing solar water heaters to reduce electricity consumption by Chiawelo customers”.

“Eskom therefore urges members of the community to work with the utility in order to ensure a safe, stable and reliable supply in this area,” said Eskom Gauteng operations and maintenance manager Bandile Jack. - The Star

Zwelinzima Vavi to join demonstration at Rustenburg Magistrate Court
Cosatu 9 October 2011

Zwelinzima Vavi, COSATU General Secretary, will be joining COSATU members in the North West who will be demonstrating at the Rustenburg Magistrate Court on Tuesday 11 October 2011.
They are opposing the granting of bail to former Rustenburg Mayor, Mathews Wolmarans and other two accused of the murder of local councillor, Moss Phakoe.

He was gunned down in 2009 at the driveway of his home in Rustenburg after returning from an ANC election campaign meeting, just two days after handing over documents containing allegations of corruption at the Rustenburg Local Municipality to Minister of Cooperative Governance Sicelo Shiceka.
COSATU considers this case to be a critical importance in the fight against corruption, with implications far beyond Rustenburg and the North West Province.
DATE: Tuesday 11 October
TIME: 09h00
VENUE: Rustenburg Magistrates Court

Tiger Brands Beverages on Strike
FAWU 10 October 2011

About 70 FAWU members, employed by Tiger Brands Beverages in Salt River, Cape Town will be embarking on strike this morning in demand of a transport allowance which has been a common practice until recently. The company does not want to grant the allowance anymore..

FAWU is demanding transport for workers that work overtime and those who needs public transport after 7pm.

The company’s beverage workers in Durban and Gauteng might join the strike on Wednesday increasing the number of workers on strike to nine hundred. The workers in these two abovementioned provinces will be engaging in secondary strike action in support of their colleagues in Salt River.

Released by FAWU media officer, Dominique Swartz on 082 498 5631 .

Former mayor supporters bay for COSATU leader’s blood
Cosatu 7 October 2011

The COSATU North West leadership had to be whisked away in a Police Inyala from the Rustenburg Magistrate Court yesterday after the supporters of the former Rustenburg Mayor, Mathews Wolmarans and other two accused bayed for their blood.

The trio, who appeared in court yesterday for a bail application, are facing charges of murder. The state alleges that the men killed a prominent COSATU local leader who was also a local councillor, Moss Phakoe.

Phakoe was gunned down in 2009 at the driveway of his home in Rustenburg after returning from an ANC 2009 election campaign. He was murdered just two days after handing over documents containing allegations of corruption at the Rustenburg Local Municipality to Minister of Cooperative Governance Sicelo Shiceka.

Hundreds of COSATU members and supporters of the accused thronged the lawns of the magistrate court singing revolutionary songs.

The accused supporters who waved an ANC flag and wore T-shirts pledging support for the former mayor, hurled insults at the COSATU leadership, particularly the Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe.

Police formed a ring of steel outside the court as the accused supporters tried to force their entry in a bid to harm Phetoe.

Phetoe vowed that no amount of intimidation will stop COSATU from exposing corruption wherever it manifests itself in the province.

He urged COSATU members who are protesting against the granting of bail to the accused to be disciplined even when they are provoked by the accused supporters.

The bail hearing continues today.

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

Protest action at Parliament against Labour Brokers
Cosatu 5 October 2011

COSATU will be handing over a memorandum to the department of Labour at Parliament at 13h30 today as part of its protest action at Parliament against Labour Brokers.

We will also have a press statement at that stage

Please contact Tony Ehrenreich 082 7733194 for questions

COSATU NW and Moses Kotane Hospital
Cosatu NW 6 Octrober 2011

The Congress of South African Trade unions in the North West and its public sector affiliates are disappointed about the conduct of the CEO of the Moses Kotane hospital who is treating workers like kids from his farms.

Workers at this institution are working under exploitation, in particular doctors and our poor nurses who are in fear of being dismissed with letters almost every day. The CEO of this hospital is a man who has no interest in the poor communities of our country.

He is racially discriminating against doctors from other countries who have been doing very well for our country for many years. Doctors who have worked in our country for over 25 years are told to leave this hospital by the end of this month without looking to their expertise and the work they did for our country or who is going to take over the challenge.

It is our view that the CEO and his management team are operating with no idea of what management is, except instructions from someone outside the hospital. The CEO’s attempts to dismiss workers, in particular doctors, by issuing intimidatory letters offering workers to go out of the premises by the end of December 2011 is a clear picture of poor management style and super-exploitation of workers.

We want to inform the MEC that we are aware of his intimidatory attitude towards workers, issuing letters to deduct their salaries, terminating their contract of employment, reducing their salaries, demoting some of the doctors from their duties that they performed for years with the view of cutting their salaries and reducing their conditions of service. We do not need an interpreter or a messenger to explain this super-exploitation led by your CEO.

We also want to remind the MEC that our public sector unions have attempted to engage his managers in agreeing on the issues for service delivery to the poor communities they agreed to engage with no action to resolve those issues, what they are doing is to issue letters of intimidation and dismissal of doctors whiles our country need more doctors we are left with no option but to go on full action on 14 October 2011 exposing the super-exploitation that our members are operating under with shortage of staff in particular doctors.

We want to remind the MEC that we have more challenges like those of corruption and governance and providing political leadership to work towards our revolutionary commitment to serve the poor people of country not waste our time in dealing with managers like your CEO running the hospital with telephone from his house.

COSATU wants to emphasise that we respect the policy and the laws of this country and the procedures but we will not accept and allow our members to be intimidated.

During the provincial secretary’s visit to the hospital it was clear that our members are being exploited and oppressed by the CEO who is never at work except when he wants to deal with our members and those who are not part of his grouping.

We demand that the MEC put a full investigation on the allegation of corruption against the CEO.

We demand that the letters issued to all doctors to leave the hospital be withdrawn now.

We demand that all deductions of workers’ salaries be refunded by14 October 2011.

We demand the full suspension of the CEO with full investigation on all mall administration of the hospital.

We will intensify our action until our demands are met.

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

Schubart Park loses evacuation appeal bid
IOL News 6 October 2011

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has expressed disappointment about the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of its application for leave to appeal against a Pretoria High Court ruling ordering Schubart Park residents to evacuate their flats, which had been declared too dangerous for occupation.

“This comes as hundreds of families struggle to secure emergency accommodation and the City of Tshwane continues to remove the residents’ belongings in the absence of a court order or legal mechanism to do so,” LHR’s Jacob van Garderen said.

The Constitutional Court dismissed the application as it was “not in the interest of justice to hear it at this stage”.

The council evacuated the Schubart Park buildings last month after service protests by a group of residents, which got out of hand. Police stepped in.

The council then gave an undertaking that the residents could move back in once police had declared the situation safe. But a refusal to let the residents return to their flats prompted LHR to lodge an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court, ordering the council and the police to allow them back.

Several safety experts called by the council to testify in the application told Judge Bill Prinsloo that the building was unsafe.

The judge found it was too dangerous for the residents to return and turned down the application. The council meanwhile told the court that emergency accommodation would immediately be made available. This did not materialise for various reasons and the residents were for some time forced to live in the streets.

The council said it was trying its best to accommodate them.

Executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa this week said the council had so far provided 400 families with alternative accommodation.

Structural engineers will also inspect the building to determine whether it should be demolished or refurbished.

But Van Garderen said that by Monday – more than 10 days after the “evictions” – the council had only provided 180 units.

“About 70 of these are single rooms, expected to accommodate entire families.

“The two shelters made available by charity organisations cannot accommodate families and require the people to leave the premises during the day.

“It is unclear how long these shelters will be available. Families have been split and others have been living in vehicles.”

LHR would now approach the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal, he said.

This process is, however, expected to take months and it is uncertain where the residents will live in the meantime, said Van Garderen. - Pretoria News

Cosatu 4 October 2011

An estimated 400 000 workers in mining, construction and energy will down tools today to observe a day of mourning. An estimated ten thousands of them will march to the Chamber of Mines to present a memorandum to the representatives of the Chamber of Mines, the Department of Labour, the Department of Mineral Resources, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and ESKOM over the increasing number of fatalities in their respective industries. Workers will gather at 9h00 in the morning at Corner Marshall and Nugget streets and would be led by the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). A resolution to observe a day of mourning was taken by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) earlier in the year to protest over the ever deteriorating levels of safety in the workplaces and to demand the safety of its members.

To date, over a hundred workers died in the mining industry alone, whilst thousands are injured very year. At Eskom, over fifty workers are electrocuted every six months whilst many others die in the construction sector due to many factors including poor scaffoldings.

Lesiba Seshoka - (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719
011 377 2047

Tear gas stampede at youth league’s Durban meeting
Sipho Khumalo, (The Mercury, Durban) 4 October 2011

ANGER over the disbanding of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League executive by the league’s national leaders almost exploded into violence last night when fuming youth league members from the eThekwini region tried to storm a meeting being addressed by the league’s national executive in Durban.

The youth league members, who had arrived in their hundreds at the ANC’s Commercial City offices in Durban, tried to force their way into the meeting after being locked out.

Pandemonium broke out when the angry youths, singing songs in favour of President Jacob Zuma and chanting slogans against youth league president Julius Malema, approached the office where the meeting was held on the 21st floor of the building.

Security guards fired tear gas, causing a stampede in the small corridors of the building. However, no one was injured.

The youths were driven out of the building by the guards.

Later, police vehicles took up positions outside the building.

The youths remained outside the office and were later addressed by youth league eThekwini regional chairman Jomo Sibiya.

Shouting “forward with Zuma”, Sibiya said the youth league national executive was trying to divide the league in the province and region by handpicking those people it wanted to deal with.

The group was also addressed by the chairman of the disbanded KZN executive, Mthandeni Dlungwana, who said the ANC’s provincial leadership was meeting last night to take stock of the situation.

“The feeling of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is that attempts are underway to destabilise the party in the province,” said Dlungwana.

The meeting at Commercial City last night was addressed by members of the ANCYL led by Mxolisi Zwane who explained why the provincial youth league leaders had been suspended.

On Sunday, it was announced that the provincial executive had been disbanded for defying national leaders by expressing support for Zuma to serve a second term and for “sowing divisions”.

However, the suspended leaders claimed that they had been disbanded because they did not send members to Joburg to back Malema during his disciplinary hearing last month.

Violence broke out outside the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, at the hearing with Malema supporters burning ANC flags and T-shirts bearing pictures of Zuma.

Youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu said that yesterday’s meeting in Durban was part of consultations between the league’s national leaders and ANC regions.

Shivambu said consultations would continue despite what he described as “ill-disciplined elements” of the disbanded provincial executive “howling” in the media.

“The reality will ultimately set in that they are no longer members of the provincial executive committee,” he said.

However, he was not available last night to comment on the stampede at Commercial City.

ANC KZN secretary Sihle Zikalala was reported to be in meetings last night and was not available for comment.

The National Strike has been postponed.
COSATU Media Statement,
3 October 2011

Please find below the details of the COSATU planned actions on 05th October. The National Strike has been postponed. However, COSATU provinces will be embarking on a series of actions which are linked to the International Day for Decent Work (07 October 2011)

Western Cape

05th October lunch time protest in all industrial areas as follows:

1. Montague Gardens
2. Paarden Island
3. Cape Town City Center

More activities planned beyond the 5 October
Contact Tony Ehrenreich for more details at 0827733194 or 0214480047

Eastern Cape

Will participate in the workplace lunch time demonstrations
Planning more activities beyond the 5 October
Contact Mandla Rayi for more details at 0827792466

Free State

Will participate in the workplace lunch time demonstrations
A mass picket will be held in Welkom on the 5 October 2011
Planning more activities beyond the 5 October 2011
Contact Sam Mashinini at: 0825636954

Northern Cape

Will participate in the lunch hour workplace demonstrations on the 5 October 2011
Will have pickets in all locals on Friday the 7 October 2011
Will have a mass march against corruption on the 24 November in Kimberly
Planning more activities beyond 05 October 2011
Contact Anele Gxoyiya at: 0824016598

North West

Will participate in the lunch hour demonstrations in addition to that will have mass marches on the 5 October at the following venues:
1. Mahikeng - Ngaka Modiri Molema Stadium to the department of Labour
2. Kenneth Kaunda - march proceeding from Klerksdorp medical center to the department of labour
3. Dr Ruth Momoathi - march proceeding from Huhudi to the department of labour
4. Rustenburg - march proceeding from the taxi rank to the department of labour
Will have a mass march against corruption led by the COSATU General Secretary on the 13 October in Mafikeng


Will have mass workplace meetings on the 5 October 2011
Will convene a provincial shop steward council meeting on the 20 to mobilize for the launch of the basic education campaign to adopt schools and wipe out dysfunctional schools on the 23 October in Soweto

Planning more activities beyond the 5 October
Contact Dumisani Dakile at: 0827271422


Will participate in the workplace lunch demonstrations on the 5 October
On the 27 October marching to the department of labour on labour brokering
On the 28 October marching in Polokwane on corruption
Planning more activities beyond the 5 October

Contact Dan Sibabi at: 0827792421


Will have pickets mass pickets in the malls on the 5 October in the following venues
1. High Veld Mall
2. Secunda Mall
3 Riverside Mall in Nelspruit
Calling a COSATU locals provincial summit on the 7 October at Witbank and will picket at Pick an Pay in opposition to the planned retrenchments that are linked to Walmart

Planning more rolling mass actions beyond the 5 October
Contact Fidel Mlombo at: 0827195699

KwaZulu Natal

Will participate in the lunch hour workplace demonstrations on the 5 October
On the 8 October 2011 will have a Somalia Day
On the 11 October will meet civil society to prepare for COP17
On the 25&26 October will have a workshop to prepare for the COP17 and develop a Programme for mobilisation.
Will have provincial shop steward council on the 06 November to prepare for COP 17
Will have COSATU 26 Anniversary celebrations
Will have a march on 3rd December 2011

More activities planned beyond 5 October
Contact Zet Luzipho at: 0795148887

Phindile Kunene (Shopsteward Editor)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
1-5 Leyds Cnr Biccard Street

P.O.Box 1019
South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911/24
Fax: +27 11 339-5080 / 6940

Old Age Home Workers On Strike
FAWU29 September 2011

About 45 workers, all members of FAWU who are employed by Huiz Diaz , a retirement home in Alexandria outside Port Elizabeth are on a protected strike that started early this morning. The workers demand a R 300.00 rand wage increase which will see them earn a minimum of R 1500.00.

Released by FAWU media officer, Dominique Swartz , 082 498 5631

For more information please call Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary Mbalisi Tonga on 082 493 0806

Students’ 100m court order
Noelene Barbeau 3 October 2011

Durban High Court Judge Shyam Gyanda granted a final interdict against members of the students’ representative council (SRC) of the Durban University of Technology and all its students, but not before lecturing those present in court.

An interim interdict was granted in July to stop students’ unruly behaviour and disrupting of academic programmes and exams at any of the university’s campuses.

Lectures were disrupted, earlier this year, after SRC members and other students went on strike over financial aid for Bachelor of Technology and first-year students, cafeteria food and branded condoms and sanitary towels.

This interim order was made final on Friday.

A few students were present and Judge Gyanda questioned whether they were planning to oppose the order.

“We just want a right to protest freely,” said Ntuthuko Ntshangase, one of the students named as a respondent.

“You can; as long as it is 100m away from any of the five campuses,” said the judge.

“You are not entitled to disrupt other students whose parents work very hard to pay the tuition fees. That’s not right.”

Ntshangase said they want to hold meetings on the campus but Judge Gyanda said that they should seek permission from the campus to do so.

According to the vice-chancellor Professor Ahmed Bawa’s affidavit, the trouble started on all campuses on July 21 after a special student mass meeting.

He said that campus firehoses had been opened and that three lecture theatres were flooded. The… toilets on the ground floor were flooded. Numerous vehicles were… vandalised and the library was also flooded.

“In consequence of the vandalism and violence on the campuses, all campuses were immediately closed and re-opened on July 25, however the violence and vandalism continued,” he said.

After being addressed by members of the SRC, Bawa said, students went to the various campuses and disrupted lectures and trashed the campuses.

“Students who wished to attend lectures were prevented from doing so and in some instances assaulted,” he said.

Two staff members were also assaulted and again the campuses had to close.

“They are negating the right of other students to continue with and complete their academic programme for the 2011 academic year,” said the vice-chancellor. - Daily News, page 5

Cosatu 3 October 2011

Thousands of mine, construction and energy workers will tomorrow down tools to observe a day of mourning. Many will march to the Chamber of Mines to present a memorandum to the representatives of the Chamber of Mines, the Department of Labour, the Department of Mineral Resources, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and ESKOM over the increasing number of fatalities in their respective industries. Workers will gather at 9h00 in the morning at Corner Marshall and Nugget streets and would be led by the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). A resolution to observe a day of mourning was taken by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) earlier in the year to protest over the ever deteriorating levels of safety in the workplaces and to demand the safety of its members.

To date, over a hundred workers died in the mining industry alone, whilst thousands are injured very year. At Eskom, over fifty workers are electrocuted every six months whilst many others die in the construction sector due to many factors including poor scaffoldings.

Lesiba Seshoka ‑ (NUM National Spokesman)‑ 082 803 6719
011 377 2047

16 arrested in Tembisa protest
IOL News 30 September 2011

Sixteen people were arrested during a service delivery protest in Tembisa on Friday, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said taxi ranks were also barricaded with burning tyres.

“We have been monitoring the situation since midnight,” he said.

Residents have been engaged in protests in recent weeks over electricity supply and other basic service delivery issues.

They demanded that Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele pay attention to their grievances and assist in resolving them.

The mayor was expected to meet residents next week on Wednesday.

“The executive mayor will be listening to the people with the sole purpose of ensuring that whatever issues that are causing the protests in Tembisa are finally laid to rest once and for all,” said spokesman Zweli Dlamini.

“Having said that, though, it is advisable that people do not expect a miracle... but they can expect an open and robust engagement on the issues so that at the end of the day everyone leaves the meeting satisfied that all the issues they had were dealt with.” - Sapa

Traffic officers on go-slow over ‘state of chaos’
Sharika Regchand IOL News 29 September 29 2011

PIETERMARITZBURG traffic officers have embarked on a go-slow, calling for an investigation into the “state of chaos” in the Msunduzi traffic and security department.

They are also demanding that a task team be set up to probe the allegations contained in their memorandum.

Their key gripe is that the municipality had appointed an unqualified senior manager, who they said was running the department into the ground.

According to the memorandum, the manager had been appointed to the position despite failing to meet the advertised job requirements. The manager had also failed to provide copies of his qualifications. “The traffic section is in a state of chaos; there is no leadership,” says the memorandum, adding that black women with degrees in traffic management had not been given the opportunity to fill the positions.

The situation in public safety was apparently critical as junior employees, who were unqualified, were acting in senior positions. “This affects service delivery as the workforce is now further depleted as there are now fewer traffic officers on the ground… traffic safety on the roads is being compromised,” it said.

Msunduzi spokesman Brian Zuma said that city administrator Sibusiso Sithole would look into the issues.

COSATU members in NW to protest outside Rustenburg Court
Cosatu 29 September 2011

The Congress of South African Trade unions in the North West and the community of Rustenburg will go back to the Rustenburg magistrate court tomorrow the 30 September 2011.

COSATU will be in court to demand that all the suspects accused of the murder of comrade Moss Phakoe must not be given bail.

As COSATU we move from the premise that the accused remains innocent until proven guilty by the court and we have confidence that our courts and the police have the capacity to do that, hence they have been able to make an arrest even after two years.

If we are all saying innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, why worry, why do we want kill the case. We calling the task team to be cool and do their work as they have been doing for the past seven months.

We are aware with intimidation, threats and many others on this case, we want the case to be concluded and that those who are innocent be free, what happened at the Rustenburg magistrate court on the 26/09/2011 confirmed the beneficiaries to killing of Moss.

COSATU is reliably informed that there is serious political interference from the senior leadership in this case and COSATU want to plead with them to allow justice to unfold if they have confidence in our courts.

COSATU calls on the court not to give this suspects bail as they have a capacity to hide as they have been able to hide for the past two years.

COSATU calls on the national prosecuting authority to appoint a team of prosecutors which is not accounting to the North West office as this office may be implicated in the political interference in this case.

COSATU condemns any attempt to free the suspect and to squash the case. We need conclusion in this case and we need it now.

COSATU calls on all its members in Rustenburg and the community to come out in numbers to make sure that this perpetrators are not released .

For more information call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe 0823044055.

Clinic staff locked up during protest
27 September 2011

Nurses and patients at a clinic in Bonabona in the North West were locked up during a service delivery protest on Tuesday, police said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lesego Metsi said about 60 protesters brought their own locks to shut the clinic's doors.

“We are still trying to free the trapped people.”

Police were keeping an eye on schools and other essential services should protesters turn their attention elsewhere.

Earlier, the police stopped the same group from looting Somali and Pakistani shops.

“These people were targeted because they have managed to rent houses where they are running their tuckshops,” said Metsi.

Bonabona is outside Morokweng village near Vryburg, in the central part of the province.

“The situation is very volatile,” said Metsi.

Closer to Rustenburg, at Nkaneng informal settlement near the Bleskop mine, 4000 people protested around 4am against a lack of service delivery.

Metsi said this group wanted to speak to the Rustenburg mayor.

“They claim their own councillor was not doing his job properly.”

Metsi said the protesters wanted access to water, electricity and housing. They burned tyres and blocked the road to the mine, but were not violent, said Metsi. – Sapa

7 held for protest in De Doorns
IOL News 27 September 2011

Seven people were arrested in De Doorns, in the Western Cape, on Tuesday for throwing stones at motorists during a protest on the N1 highway, said police

Captain FC van Wyk said the police and other law enforcement agencies in the town had to periodically close the N1 because of the service delivery protest.

“It is reported that some community members, during the protest, were seen throwing stones at the vehicles that travelled on the N1 national road in De Doorns,” Van Wyk said.

He said they would be charged with public violence, assault and malicious damage to property and would appear in De Doorns Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Van Wyk said the situation in the town was quiet on Tuesday afternoon.

“The police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation,” he said. – Sapa

Let's do the Slutwalk again
Mail & Guardian 27 September 2011

Hundreds gathered in Rosebank on Saturday for the Johannesburg leg of Slutwalk. Participants protest against the victimisation of those who are sexually abused for wearing revealing clothing.

COSATU NW demands disbandment of Madibeng Municipality
Cosatu 27 September 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, its affiliates and the community of Madibeng will tomorrow march to the municipality of Madibeng to demand quality service for the poor and the workers.

COSATU will also demand that the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs intervenes in the spate of corruption that has marred the municipality of Madibeng.

COSATU will also demand the disbandment of the council and the installation of the new council as the current council drives and support corruption.

COSATU will also open a case of corruption against the municipality of Madibeng and that the municipality must stop to threaten, intimidating, victimising its members.

As the federation, we will not defend anybody who is implicated on the matters of corruption including those that are alleged to be friends to the COSATU provincial secretary as insinuated by the mayor of Madibeng who told the media during her 100 days program that we are defending our own friends when we fight corruption. We view this as a cover up by the Mayor including the corrupt political agenda she is leading.

The march is a build up to the 5 October 2011

The march will take place as follows

Date : 28 September 2011
Time: 11H00
Venue : Brits taxi rank

Members of the community and all members of COSATU must come out in their numbers to take forward the struggle of the working class. Poor communities will remain in our program for life.

For more information call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe 0823044055.

Pupils on rampage after alleged assault
SIBONGAKONKE MAMA 27 September 2011

Enraged Khayelitsha matrics have trashed their school after two Bambanani security guards allegedly beat a pupil so badly that he could be paralysed.

Malibongwe Melani, 18, is undergoing a series of tests in Tygerberg Hospital and is waiting to hear what damage was caused during the attack.

Malibongwe was allegedly attacked by Bambanani guards at the gates of Chris Hani High School last week, on the morning of an economics exam.

The matric pupil sustained serious spinal injuries after the guards allegedly picked him up and threw him on the ground during an argument about a cellphone.

He said he was angry at the school’s principal, Madoda Mahlutshana, whom he said should be fired for not intervening.

“He (the principal) must be arrested. I’m in pain. I want to be well so I can go and write my exams.

“My spine is broken, I can move a bit, but it’s painful when I move,” said Malibongwe from his hospital bed on Monday.

Leticia Pienaar, spokeswoman for Tygerberg Hospital, said there was no indication yet that Malibongwe was paralysed.

“We are running tests and waiting on results. Those results will determine further treatment and, if necessary, operations,” Pienaar said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk, spokesman for the Western Cape SAPS, said two suspects had been arrested after the incident.

“The two security guards are currently on bail and are to reappear on assault charges on October 20,” said Van Wyk.

Malibongwe’s mother, Noni Melani, demanded Mahlutshana’s axing and compensation for her son’s suffering and hospital bills.

“I’m sick. I live in this hospital because my son is here.

“I want my child to be well and to pass Grade 12,” said Melani.

“Children are supposed to be protected at school. The principal needs to answer to this. He should get fired,” said Melani.

This morning, pupils gathered outside the school, refusing to enter the grounds.

Members of the school governing body tried to convince them to assemble in classrooms and get to work, but matrics burned rubbish outside the school gates and said they would not enter.

This followed violent protests at the school on Monday, during which pupils set bins and tyres alight, broke windows, doors and furniture and damaged teachers’ cars to show their anger at Mahlutshana.

At one point, angry pupils chased Mahlutshana off the school grounds.

Police were called to the school on Monday and fired rubber bullets to disperse the pupils. One pupil was arrested for damaging police vehicles.

Police officers were at the school on Tuesday, keeping a close eye on the pupils.

Mahlutshana was also back at the school, watching the pupils who were gathered outside. He refused to speak to the Cape Argus, saying the Western Cape Education Department would handle all queries.

At the time of going to press, school governing body members were trying to convince the Student Representative Council to have a meeting with the principal.

Some Grade 9 pupils told the Cape Argus this morning that they had not been able to write a Xhosa exam on Monday and would miss a life orientation exam on Tuesday. The matrics did not write an English paper on Monday, after telling teachers that they would not write without Malibongwe.

Some pupils on Monday told the Cape Argus they had ongoing problems with Mahlutshana’s leadership.

Paddy Attwell, spokesman for the Western Cape Education Department, said though the department was confident that the principal had no involvement in the incident, they were still investigating.

“The principal has confirmed that he was on the scene and intervened to stop the assault. The Western Cape Education Department views this incident in a very serious light and is investigating,” said Attwell. - Cape Argus

High lab worker turnout expected for strike
IOL News 27 September 2011

About 1500 government linked health laboratory workers were expected to strike on Tuesday over a wage dispute, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said.

“We were still mobilising numbers at the start of the strike yesterday (Monday), but... about 80 percent of our members will strike today,” spokesman Sizwe Pamla said.

“We have members picketing outside their respective laboratories... but have heard nothing from the employer. We are looking for the (health) department to come on board.”

A notice of intention to strike was served on the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) on Thursday, following failed wage negotiations. Negotiations had been ongoing since April.

Nehawu wanted a 9.5 percent increase and R2300 monthly medical aid benefit, to be backdated to May 1.

The NHLS, an independent agent contracted to the health department, had offered a 6.5 percent increase and R2100 for medical aid.

The strikers include lab analysts and support staff. Operations at public hospitals nationwide could be affected by a delay in pathology reports and diagnostic tests. - Sapa

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