||COSATU NW support demands of striking Glencor workers
Cosatu 19 November 2013
The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West has learned that the workers at Glencor mine have embarked on a strike underground.
COSATU is informed that the management at the company want the workers to work unpaid overtime. In the view of COSATU this is exploitation and it cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged.
If workers do not want to work overtime the employer cannot legally force workers to work overtime, and for nothing for that matter.
That is super-exploitation and we demand that the Department of Mineral Resources intervene as a matter of urgency. The safety of our members comes first.
COSATU is also informed that the company has failed to provide protective clothing, in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the working conditions are also not safe.
The workers are also demanding better wages in order for them to improve their leaving conditions.
COSATU calls on the company to adhere to the labour laws of the country and pay those workers overtime and make sure that the workers have protective clothing and their working environment is safe.
We call on the employer to respect the laws and respect the conditions of all workers. We demand that the employer must meet with NUMSA as a matter of urgency and resolve the issues and no worker must be dismissed.
COSATU calls on the Department of Mineral Resources to intervene urgently on this matter.
For more information contact Solly Phetoe the Provincial Secretary of COSATU North West at 082 304 4055
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Thokoza ‘under control’ after protests
IOL News 19 November 2013
The situation is under control in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg, after residents took to the streets and barricaded roads, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.
“Police are patrolling the area and removing the stones and burning tyres,” Captain Godfrey Maditsi said.
Residents started to protest after the Red Ants and police went to Imbeliseni informal settlement looking for illegal electricity connections on Monday.
“Rubber bullets were fired at the residents after they started to attack the Red Ants,” said Maditsi.
He said residents threw stones at passing motorists and also looted tuckshops in the area.
No arrests had been made.
The Ekurhuleni metro said on Tuesday it had intensified its campaign to remove illegal connections in the municipality.
It said in a statement that over 17,000 illegal connections were removed since the campaign started two months ago.
Municipal spokesman Sam Modiba said illegal connections saw the city losing R36 million per annum.
“This translates to losses of about R2.8m to R4.9m per month, Modiba said. - Sapa
Cato Manor squatters evicted
Sihle Manda (IOL News )19 November 2013
Durban - About 330 families living illegally in the low-cost River View complex in Cato Manor were finally evicted on Monday after a prolonged legal wrangle.
The conflict stemmed from a rent dispute between 232 residents and Sohco Property Developers.
The illegal occupants alleged that Sohco reneged on a contractual agreement that they be allowed to buy units “after a certain period”.
This was denied by Sohco who sought court intervention to evict the illegal tenants. After almost two years of litigation, the residents were ordered out by the Durban High Court. The Constitutional Court upheld the ruling in August.
The eviction met with fierce resistance, with residents threatening to “burn to the ground” the complex, saying they were “prepared to die” to live there.
On Tuesday, again the situation threatened to spiral out of control when two people suffered burns in a confrontation with the police and private security who stormed the complex in the early hours.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said the two were burnt when they allegedly tried to use a petrol bomb.
The tension was eventually defused by the provincial Department of Human Settlements’ legal services representative Linda Zama.
She urged the residents to comply with the court order.
“The department was only involved in this matter from September, on request from the residents,” she said. “How can we intervene in a (Constitutional) Court order? All we can do now is facilitate a smooth exit.”
The department had “profiled” and “identified” residents, according to categories - the indigent, disabled and child-headed homes - for assistance.
These were the only people who the department was willing to help to find alternative accommodation, she said.
According to Zama, about nine percent of the residents earned more than R10 000 a month.
This was beyond Sohco’s requirements that stipulated that a tenant should earn between R2 800 and R9 600 a month.
Zama said some tenants allegedly let units or had “sold” them for about R50 000.
In a statement Sohco said it had been “left with no alternative” to protect its investment.
“In 2009 a group of ringleaders encouraged others in the 330-unit development to stop paying rent. Over time, legal, rent-paying tenants were ejected from the complex, and armed intimidation levels made the development a no-go zone for all legitimate personnel,” the statement read.
The residents, most in ANC regalia and T-shirts, sat at the entrance singing struggle songs, and refusing to budge when security guards moved in to remove their furniture. Some burnt incense and sprinkled “muti” on the police.
The eThekwini Municipality’s deputy mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, human settlements chairman Nigel Gumede, human resources and governance chairwoman Nondumiso Cele and ANC eThekwini regional chairman and health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo made brief appearances but left without addressing the volatile crowd.
The group eventually gave in after they were sprayed by a police water cannon. Rented vans were soon leaving the complex loaded with belongings.
Xolani Mwandla, a resident and leader at the complex, said they had been left in the lurch.
“Some of us have nowhere to go. I don’t know what is going to happen because most of us are broke,” he said. Asked why the residents had not moved out earlier, he said: “We tried to make arrangements. We tried to find flats but we were turned down.”
Invaders damage Cape project houses
Zodidi Dano (Cape Argus) 19 November 2013
Cape Town - Doors were kicked in and fences broken down when angry Khayelitsha residents forced their way into vacant houses belonging to Our Pride Housing Project in Eerste River over the weekend.
Bulelwa Makile said she was tired of waiting for the provincial government to give her a home. “It is very frustrating because when we go to the Human Settlements Department we are told that we do own houses in Eerste River and do not qualify for other housing applications, but in reality we still don’t have our houses.”
According to the government, the problem was a misunderstanding between “free houses” and subsidised gap market units.
Our Pride Housing Project is a government-funded initiative that provides “free houses” to people on the municipal housing list.
Bruce Oom, spokesman for the provincial housing department, said the gap market units were for people who earned between R1 500 and R3 500 a month. To apply for the subsidy a buyer had to go through a bank.
The invaders broke into three subsidised units and damaged 11 others. They had applied for “free houses”.
Makile said the houses had been completed in 2010. “We have been on the waiting list since,” she said.
Eerste River resident Malcolm Mamphuta saw the invasion and said this was the second one this year.
When the Cape Argus visited the area on Monday, most windows and doors had been repaired.
Oom said of the 229 gap market houses, 157 had been sold to qualifying beneficiaries and the rest had interested buyers.
He said the department had laid a charge against the invaders.
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Rain puts a damper on ANC event
IOL News 17 November 2013
Cape Town - An ANC march expected to draw thousands of people in Mitchells Plain turned out to be a damp squib, when rain kept all but about 60 people away.
The group had planned to march from the Rocklands Civic Centre to the Mitchells Plain town centre, but at 10.30am ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman announced the march would not go ahead.
Instead, Fransman and Cosatu’s Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich, who were due to lead the march, led a convoy of vehicles on a visit to residents in the informal settlement.
Before the group left, Fransman and Ehrenreich told the small group from the back of an ANC truck that thousands of people had been adversely affected by the weather.
Inclement weather saw a handful of people turn up.
“We are calling on people to donate blankets, food and clothes to the people of Mitchells Plain,” Fransman said.
Ehrenreich accused the DA-controlled provincial government of neglecting areas such as Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Manenberg and Langa, and “maintaining the privileges of apartheid” in areas such as Constantia, Milnerton and Bloubergstrand.
“We serve notice on the DA: ‘You’ve neglected our people for too long. This is a move to get you out of the province and the city’,” he said.
The convoy of vehicles stopped at seven shacks opposite the Kapteinsklip Station, where members of the ANC group spoke to some residents.
But one resident, 22-year-old Revaughn Bandle, who said he was a supporter of the Dagga Party, was not impressed.
“I’m in shock from these cars arriving here. I was still sleeping when they arrived. If people come here, I feel something will happen. But then they just stand there and pose for pictures for the news-papers.”
He said his belongings had been confiscated several times by law enforcement officers. - Sunday Argus
Two burned as cops evict rent dodgers
BHEKI MBANJWA AND SIHLE MLAMBO (IOL News) 18 November 2013
Durban - Two protesters were injured as dozens of residents at River View low cost flats tried to resist eviction on Monday morning after more than two years of litigation after the housing estate had been “hijacked”.
The injured - a woman and a man - suffered burn wounds to their backs. It is thought that their clothing caught fire when police used a water cannon to clear burning tyres, which had been used to barricade the one entrance.
The 232 respondents, and “any other person who occupies the immovable property”, had been ordered to leave by February 28 this year. Their application for leave to appeal was denied by the Constitutional Court in August, and owners, non-profit organisation Sohco, had agreed to postpone the eviction and give people time to leave voluntarily.
The R75 million social housing project, which has 330 two-bedroomed units, had said in court papers that the estate had been hijacked by gangsters who were knocking down walls, chasing out lawful tenants and taking rent from others. This had been denied by the respondents, who claimed they had been duped into paying higher rentals. The judge found that the residents had defied a finding by the KZN Rental Housing Tribunal to pay rent and had withheld rent in an attempt to reduce rentals.
Over 50 policemen, including SAPS’ public order policing unit and eThekwini Metro Police officers, were part of the operation to ensure the safe execution of a court order.
More than 50 private security guards were deployed to carry out the evictions and secure the area afterwards.
Many of the protesters wore ANC T-shirts, and ANC banner was flying and songs were sung in support of the organisation and its president, Jacob Zuma
The residents at the flats have been refusing to pay rent - some from as far back as 3 years ago.
“It's deeply regrettable that we were left with no alternative, if we were to protect our investment and continue to provide the kind of quality, reasonably priced rental housing so badly needed in our country today,” said Sohco’s board.
“Without the rents, agreed to in advance by each tenant and tailored affordable to their household incomes, Sohco would be unable to repay its bank loans and would be forced to close down and sell the developments,” Sohco said in a statement.
“These claims (of buying the flats) were closely examined and rejected as baseless by the High Court and Constitutional Court, with both rulings giving Sohco the go-ahead to evict the illegal tenants.
Ward 29 councillor Bhekisisa Mngadi who rushed to the scene said it was up to Human Settlements to attend to the complaints.
“As councillors we were not involved in allocating people to the units.”
He said the allocation process was flawed from the start with some of people being allocated despite it being known that they could not afford.
“Some of these people are now working. Where are they supposed to go? These are our people not dogs,” he said
Lieutenant Christopher Sibiya said the police were there to ensure that the sheriff of the court was not hampered in carrying out the court order.
Sibiya said the eviction order was granted by the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg and was supposed to be executed on November 11. “However some considerations had to be made, for example, notices had to be put up to ensure that everybody is aware of the evictions”.
Residents lay down on the ground daring police to remove them. Negotiations between the police and the protest leaders were ongoing.
In September this year, tenants barricaded the entrance to the social housing complex with refuse and tyres to prevent their eviction.
They had been ordered to vacate the flats by September 1, but they refused on that day, locking the gates to prevent the officials from entering.
A spokesman for the provincial Human Settlements department, Mbulelo Baloyi, said the MEC Ravi Pillay had been trying to find a solution for the tenants and Sohco since February this year.
He said the Constitutional Court had upheld the previous rulings of the lower courts – which allowed the non-profit organisation to evict the tenants.
“We have embarked on a social facilitation process to make sure there is an orderly execution of the court judgment, as the department, we cannot be seen to undermining the Constitutional Court judgment,” he said.
Baloyi said the department profiled all 320 families earlier this month, and it was found that most of the families did not meet the requirements to live at River View, as they earned too much.
To qualify for social housing, the owner of the lease must earn between R3 500 and R7 500, he said. He said the leaser was obligated to move out once they earned more than R7 500.
Baloyi said the investigation found that most of the current tenants were not the same as the ones listed in Sohco documents. However, some families had been paying their rental to Sohco, but they too would be evicted.
He said Sohco had a responsibility to honour their contractual agreement with these families, as they had not been in breach with their lease agreements. The development was privately owned by Sohco, but subsidised by government to the tune of R320 000 per unit, considerably more than the R80 000 provisioned in RDP homes.
He said the department was in talks with the eThekwini Municipality to find a temporary solution in placing the tenants.
Sohco said in its statement that during 2009 a group of ring leaders encouraged others in the 330-unit development to stop paying rent.
Over time, legal rent-paying tenants were ejected from the complex, as were Sohco staff, and armed intimidation levels made the development a no-go zone for all legitimate personnel. According to reports, a number of tenants have been barred from moving out of the complex by the hijackers.
“After exhausting all other avenues, Sohco was left with no option but to institute eviction proceedings through the courts. Eviction orders were granted after the full legal process had been followed. The evictions were due to start today.
“It is unfortunate that such a large scale security presence was required today,” said the Sohco board.
“But given the levels of intimidation, violence and vandalism that have marked this dispute, it would have been remiss of us not to take precautions to protect our assets and law abiding people who want to pay to be tenants at River View.”
It said that during the illegal occupation of the housing estate, Sohco staff and paying tenants have received threats, a forged petition was circulated, emergency and maintenance crews obstructed from entering the estate and an occupant was stabbed to death.
Cosatu's Controversial March
Members of Cosatu marching in JHB CBD
Howzit News 15 November 2013
Members of Cosatu (Congress of SA Trade Unions) gathered at their headquarters on Thursday morning before embarking on a march in Braamfontein, Johannesburg to protest against e-tolling and labour brokers.
Members wearing their red, yellow and black t-shirts marched to Gauteng's premier, transport department, legislature, Chamber of Mines of SA, and the Hawks to handed over memorandums.
Although the agenda of the march was to protest against e-tolling and labour brokers, things took a turn for the worse when members started booing their president Sidumo Dlamini, singing: '"Dubula dubula, dubul' uSidumo (shoot Sidumo)".
While some were calling for the 'shooting' of Dlamini, Zwelinzima Vavi's supporters were chanting: "Vavi, Vavi, wenzeni uVavi, we Sidumo kauphendule (What did Vavi do? Sidumo answer us)".
Dlamini tried to calm the situation by telling the chanters to show unity when in public and not destroy Vavi with their conduct.
"Do not destroy the leader that you love by your conduct, [which] is anti-Cosatu," he said.
Dlamini also urged members to uphold the integrity of the organisation.
"When we speak, sing or walk publicly, the integrity of this organisation must be sustained," he added.
"Let us ensure that Cosatu remains united. Sidumo Dlamini... will leave Cosatu one day, even yourselves, but Cosatu will remain."
Bullets fly in CBD
Zita Goldswain 13 November 2013
There was a high police presence in the CBD on ...show more November 12. ...show less
Chaos erupted earlier this week in the Central Business District as police and local taxi commuters clashed.
A policeman from the Tactical Response Team was badly beaten and ended up in hospital and two members of the public were shot during this confrontation on Tuesday, November 12.
It seems that the shooting was fuelled by a road rage incident that happened earlier.
Read more in WITBANK NEWS on Friday, November 15.
Alleged child-rapist denied bail
Look Local 15 November 2013
The 49-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, October 15, in connection with the rape of a girl (3).
The child was playing with other children outside her neighbours shack in the morning, when the alleged rapist, who lives in the neighbourhood, took her to a nearby bush.
Her mother then reported the matter to community members, and the police were also alerted.
A massive search, which involved the community, was then launched.
It was during the search that the community members stumbled upon the man and the child, at around 3pm.
Community members protested outside the court with signs saying "no bail for rapists", "enough is enough", and "stop abusing our children
Strikes set to continue on Boland farms
Daneel Knoetze 15 November 2013
Cape Town - The Bawsi Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa) is to ignore a court order and intends striking at the Le Roux Group farms in the Boland from Friday.
This comes days after a Labour Court ruling that barred union officials from the farms after the court determined that strikes, which started last week, were unprotected.
On Thursday Nosey Pieterse, Bawusa’s general secretary, said the grievances of workers (some of whom are Bawusa members) on Le Roux farms remained.
He said another 48-hour strike notice had been issued to the farms’ management on Wednesday, warning that strikes would resume.
Bawusa’s chief complaint is that the Le Roux Group increased deductions on the wages of farmworkers to mitigate against the impact of a higher minimum wage.
In February, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced that the minimum wage for the sector would be raised from R69 a day to R105.
On Monday, strikers set fire to a truck and burnt fields on Sandrivier - one of the Le Roux farms outside Wellington.
Twelve strikers were arrested on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.
The incident also prompted the Le Roux Group management to lodge an urgent interdict against Bawusa and Pieterse with the Labour Court.
“We have heard from Pieterse of Bawusa’s intention to instigate another strike. The union, however, needs to be reminded of the Labour Court ruling and ensure that they stay within the law. If they ignore the ruling, we trust that the law will take its course,” said Stephan Strauss, Sandrivier’s manager, on Thursday.
Strauss added that he did not get a feeling from his workers that there was trouble brewing. “But one cannot say for certain. We remain vigilant,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 12 people arrested on Monday have appeared in the Wellington Magistrate’s Court. Eight of them have received bail and four remain in custody. The case has been postponed to Monday.
More Uitenhage protesters arrested
IOL News 15 November 2013
Port Elizabeth - Nine more people were arrested on Friday during a protests in Langa, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said.
“They were arrested for public violence and contempt of court,” said Warrant Officer Gerda Swart.
The area was quiet, but police were still keeping watch.
“The situation in the township remains tense but stable with police monitoring the situation very closely. Late yesterday (Thursday), isolated incidents of tyre burning in the streets were reported.”
She said four other people were arrested on Thursday.
The Nelson Mandela metro appealed for calm and stability in the area.
“We understand clearly the stressful situations that our people find themselves in due to lack of houses... We urge our people to be patient and avoid being misled and used as a tool for political point scoring,” deputy mayor Chippa Ngcolomba said.
He said the three-day violent protest in Kwalanga, Rosedale and surrounding areas was fuelled by criminality and opportunism.
“The high rate of service delivery in Uitenhage gives us comfort that these incidents have absolutely nothing to do with service delivery. They also have nothing to do with lack of information and consultation.”
A municipal health and wellness office, an African National Congress councillor's house, and a Democratic Alliance office were set alight. Several shops were looted.
The protests erupted on Wednesday after the municipality demolished illegally built houses, Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei said on Thursday.
The DA said the slow pace of housing delivery, high levels of unemployment, and political infighting were the main causes of the violence.
“The painfully slow pace of service delivery from this ANC government has frustrated communities who continue to live in poverty while ANC cronies fight over positions and patronage rather than fighting for the people,” said Gustav Rautenbach, DA Chief Whip in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
“The mayor and deputy mayor must attend to this crisis and ensure that calm is restored to the Uitenhage community as a matter of urgency,” he said.
Four held after Eastern Cape protest
IOL News 14 November 2013
Uitenhage - Four men were arrested for public violence during a service delivery protest in Langa, Uitenhage, on Thursday, Eastern Cape police said.
The protest started on Wednesday after the municipality demolished illegally built houses, said Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei.
He said residents set fire to a municipal health and wellness office, an African National Congress councillor's house, and a Democratic Alliance office.
Residents burned tyres and blocked a road with rocks. Police managed to get the situation under control.
“We have a high presence of police on the scene and we will not tolerate lawlessness,” he said.
Uitenhage protesters loot shops
SAPA 14 November 2013
Port Elizabeth - Several shops were looted on Thursday during violent protests in Langa near Uitenhage, said Eastern Cape police.
Brigadier Marinda Mills said a community hall was set alight and vehicles were pelted with stones.
“Four people have been arrested. The suspects will appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court soon on charges of public violence,” said Mills.
There was still a strong police presence in the area on Thursday evening.
“We have deployed sufficient members to intensify visible policing and to react immediately on any situation which might occur,” said Mills
Video: Violence flares in Uitenhage
Taverns set alight by ‘angry mob’
IOL News 14 November 2013
Johannesburg - Three houses and two taverns have been set alight by angry residents in the Setlagole area outside Mahikeng, North West police said on Thursday.
The houses and taverns were burned on Wednesday evening, but no one was injured, said Sergeant Kealeboga Molale.
The structures belonged to people accused of kidnapping a seven-year-old boy on November 1.
“Community members were angry that none of the suspects were arrested.”
They also looted three foreign nationals' shops in the area and torched a structure where tribal meetings are held.
No one had been arrested.
Police were investigating a case of malicious damage to property, looting, business robbery and arson, said Molale. - Sapa
Cosatu marches in Durban
IOL News 12 November 2013
About 2000 members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions marched through Durban to protest against e-tolls.
Durban - About 2000 members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions marched through Durban on Tuesday to protest against e-tolls, eThekwini metro police said.
Superintendent Eugene Msomi said the march was peaceful.
The protesters marched from Botha Gardens to the City Hall, where a memorandum was handed over to KwaZulu-Natal community safety MEC Willies Mchunu.
Cosatu’s e-toll drive-slows to continue
IOL News 13 November 2013
Johannesburg - Cosatu's drive-slow campaign against e-tolling will continue as they irritate politicians, the trade union federation's Gauteng office said on Wednesday.
"This is not the end of the drive-slows in the province," Congress of SA Trade Unions' Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said in Johannesburg.
"It also irritates a number of politicians and we are quite happy with that irritation we are causing."
He said the drive-slows had received support from the public, and were effective in raising awareness.
He said people had asked Cosatu to arrange a drive-slow on a Saturday so that they could join in, and he said this would be done in the future.
He said Cosatu was ready for its protest march on Thursday.
Marchers are expected to gather at Cosatu's head office in Braamfontein at 8.30am, and leave at 10.30am to deliver memorandums to the labour department, the provincial transport department, the office of the MEC for transport, the Gauteng legislature and the Gauteng premier.
The final leg of the march will be to deliver memorandums to the SA Chamber of Mines, the Johannesburg central police station, the office of the Auditor General, and the Hawks.
The cost of the construction of the roads and the 2010 World Cup stadiums was inflated, Dakile said.
"The Hawks and police must do a criminal investigation," he said.
Dakile said the recently launched court action against the constitutionality of the e-toll bill would not work.
"In our view, these are not matters of the court. These are pure socio-economic matters. We believe this thing must be fought on the street where it matters most," he said.
"Even if they win, that would be a temporary matter. We need a final determination that these things must not proceed and we believe that is a political position that must be taken."
He said Cosatu would not be part of the legal action, but would continue with its drive slows and would take this action to another level.
On Thursday, the Democratic Alliance and the Freedom Front Plus announced they would each bring high court applications to fight the constitutionality of the e-toll bill signed by President Jacob Zuma in September.
They argue that e-tolling will affect the competency of provincial government and municipalities by affecting urban planning, public transport, and traffic regulations.
Dakile said the protest action by Cosatu had been peaceful and would continue to be peaceful.
Cosatu North West regional secretary Solly Phetoe said the marches in the province and in Klerksdorp had gone well despite unconvincing numbers.
"In Rustenburg there were about 1500 to 2000 people and in Klerksdorp there were around 400 to 500 people," Phetoe said.
He said memorandums had been handed over to officials of the labour and transport ministries at both marches.
In Kimberley, Cosatu went on a drive-slow which included 49 cars, a bus, a minibus and about 200 people, Cosatu Northern Cape secretary Anele Gxoyiya said.
"The march went well. We had a peaceful motorcade which took about two hours.
"We managed to draw the attention of the motorists and the public. "
Gxoyiya said Cosatu's second deputy president Zingiswa Losi handed a memorandum over to Northern Cape premier Sylvia Lucas.
Striking truck drivers interdicted
IOL News 8 November 2013
Port Elizabeth - The Port Elizabeth High Court granted an interdict on Friday against striking Nelson Mandela Bay municipal waste truck drivers.
“The interdict is now in the process of being served by the court,” municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said in a statement
He said the court order prevented drivers from using vehicles without the municipality's consent.
It also prevented the drivers from blockading any of the municipality's waste management landfill sites, drop-off centres or depots.
Drivers could not threaten, intimidate or assault anyone entering or exiting the sites, and could not litter refuse or waste on public roads or sidewalks.
Baron said the drivers were striking for wages “and other labour issues”.
On Wednesday, the municipality gave the striking truck drivers until Thursday to return to work or face action.
“The action by the employees means no domestic waste, trade waste collection services rendered since yesterday 1/8Tuesday 3/8,” Baron said at the time
The truck drivers from the Uitenhage, Despatch, Motherwell, Struandale, Gail Road and Harrower Road depots downed tools on Tuesday.
Ramaphosa beats a hasty retreat
IOL News 11 November 2013
Johannesburg - Hell hath no fury like a livid man from Seshego! Fiery local resident M’dala Mageza, was so incensed on Saturday that ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa retreated without even trying to reason with him.
As Ramaphosa and his entourage tried to enter a house in the neighbourhood of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, Mageza told him to go away… because he was not welcome.
“This is my home, go away,” he shouted.
But the chairman of the ANC’s Milo Malatjie branch, Boy Mamabolo, said the place was not Mageza’s home. “His home is the next-door house.”
Mageza, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, could also be seen scraping about on the ground.
It seemed he was looking for stones to pelt the ANC leader’s entourage.
In the end, Ramaphosa walked away and refused to engage.
The showdown happened metres away from the double-storey house of Malema’s grandmother.
A handful of EFF supporters were seen chanting and singing in front of the Malema house.
Ramaphosa’s entourage, which included ANC national executive committee member Pule Mabe and Ruth Bhengu, gave Sarah Malema’s house a wide berth.
Instead, they went into another house, before he interacted with locals who complained about incorrect water bills by the City of Polokwane.
Ramaphosa later downplayed the fact that Mageza had sent him packing.
“It’s a Saturday afternoon. He doesn’t know what he is doing,” he remarked.
The ANC also lashed a Sunday newspaper for its “shameless sensationalism” on Ramaphosa’s visit to Polokwane.
The City Press claimed that Seshego had shunned Ramaphosa.
“The facts, which were accurately reported elsewhere, are that the programme was successful and the ANC’s message was warmly received,” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.
“In Seshego, the (party’s) deputy president shook the hands of residents who lined up the street to greet him, including those of a handful of EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) young men standing near the voting station.
“Only one EFF member refused to shake his hand. A visibly drunk man blocked a gate of one of the houses in which he was invited, denying that family an opportunity with the deputy president. Residents later confirmed that the intoxicated man was not the owner of the house.
“To use these uneventful occurrences as an opportunity to fabricate and distort the entire visit in order to suggest the deputy president was ‘shunned by the entire Seshego’ is illustrative of the extent City Press would go to reflect the ANC in bad light,” Mthembu said.
Boland farm strikes will spread - unions
Kieran Legg (IOL News) 11 November 2013
Strikes in the Western Cape agricultural sector are set to continue, labour unions have warned. File photo: Reuters
Cape Town - Strikes in the agricultural sector are set to continue on Monday and unions have warned that this is just the “tip of the iceberg” - with widespread strike action just around the corner.
Last week, workers on four farms owned by the Le Roux group, one of the Boland’s largest fruit producers, downed their tools.
The farms are Broodkraal in Piketberg, Sandrivier in Wellington, and Joubertsdal and Mooikelder in Paarl.
This followed weeks of strike threats by the Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry (Bawsi) and the Bawsi Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa).
Sandrivier farm manager Stephan Strauss alleged that Bawusa strike organisers waited at transport pick-up points on Thursday morning and came to farms to intimidate people into striking.
“We consider this to be an unprotected strike and have informed workers there is a no-work, no-pay policy in place,” the manager told the Cape Argus last week.
“There is always the possibility that if they continue to take part in this unprotected strike they could lose their jobs.”
But Bawusa general secretary Nosey Pieterse said on Sunday the strike would go on as long as the Le Roux group’s management refused to meet for negotiations.
“We have 3 000 workers who want to challenge unlawful deductions and changes to their employment conditions.”
He claimed that workers had approached him after their employer had increased transport, rent and electricity wage deductions to undercut the new minimum wage.
In February, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced that the minimum wage would be raised from R69 a day to R105.
“This is just the start,” said Pieterse. “Soon, we will see workers in De Doorns put down their tools and start striking too.
“There will be no violence because this time round the strikes are in the control of the unions… This could change, depending on how the police and farmers deal with us.”
Last year, the agricultural sector suffered millions of rand in losses after workers went on strike and productivity was crippled.
Buildings, farming equipment and crops were either scorched or damaged.
Residents burn their water and rent bills
IOL News 8 November 2013
A group of Mitchells Plain residents burnt their water and rent bills on Thursday and buried them under a tombstone with the words “RIP Council Arrears” inscribed on it.
This, they said, marked the “death of their payments” to the City of Cape Town.
“We want all our arrears to be written off and we want our own title deeds and no more evictions,” said protest organiser Sulyman Stellenboom.
The residents said they had received numerous eviction threats from the city and feared they would be homeless soon if their bills were not cleared.
About 60 residents gathered at the Mitchells Plain Town Centre library to air their dissatisfaction with the city. They carried copies of their latest water and housing bills and placards which read “Bury the DA”.
The tombstone was erected outside the municipal office in Westridge, with residents singing struggle songs and chanting “amandla ngawethu” (the power is ours).
Stellenboom, who described himself as a “loyal United Democratic Front member” said he had received several service delivery complaints from residents.
“We will not stop protesting until the government does something about the issue.”
Michelle Robain, who lives in Eastridge, said she and her husband were living with her 83-year-old mother-in-law whose rent had gone up to more than R4 000. Her water bill was R2 000.
Robain said she was unemployed and her husband was a casual worker.
“We received an eviction letter a few months ago and when I went to the rent office I was told that we need to pay R600 a month.”
Robain said they could not afford to make the payment and she feared they would soon be homeless.
Magoed Baradien, 45, who has been living in his Tafelsig home since he was 14, said he owed R24 000 in rent and had a R6 000 water bill.
“I can’t make the payments. I am a father of six children who are all at school. We depend on my disability grant,” he said.
Baradien said his water was cut off four years ago and he received water from neighbours. “The municipality expect me to pay R400 from my R1 200 disability grant. If I do pay, what am I to eat?”
Ilham Abrahams, a Swartklip squatter, said her husband had been on the housing list for more than 15 years.
“We live in tent structures and even in those structures law enforcement officers chase us off. They took my identity book and my child’s birth certificate. Now I can’t apply for the child grant,” she said.
City spokeswoman Priya Reddy said those struggling to pay their municipality accounts should go to the city’s revenue offices before they received final demands.
“There is no reason for debt to get to the point where water has to be disconnected. The city provides affordable payment arrangement plans, which lead to the suspension of all debt-management actions until the arrears are paid in full.”
South Africans owe municipalities R86.9 billion, and government departments owe another R4.2bn, says Co-operative Governance Minister Lechesa Tsenoli.
Strikes begin on four Cape farms
Daneel Knoetze (IOL News) 8 November 2013
Cape Town - Strikes in the agricultural sector on Thursday hit one of the Boland’s largest fruit producers.
This comes after weeks of threats by the Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry (Bawsi) and the Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa) that workers would strike.
Workers on four farms owned by the Le Roux group downed tools on Thursday. The farms are Broodkraal (Piketberg), Sandrivier (Wellington), Joubertsdal and Mooikelder (Paarl).
Stephan Strauss, the manager at Sandrivier, alleges that Bawusa organisers waited at transport pick-up points on Thursday morning and came on to the farms and persuaded people to strike.
“We consider this to be an unprotected strike and have informed workers that there is a no-work, no-pay policy in place. There is also a possibility that workers who continue to participate in the unprotected strike will lose their jobs,” he said.
He alleged that Bawusa supporters, who were in the minority, had intimidated other workers through phone calls, verbal warnings and stone-throwing.
Adriaan Markus, Bawusa’s Paarl regional secretary, disagrees. He said workers on the farms had complained that their employer had increased transport, rent and electricity deductions to undercut the new minimum wage.
“Bawusa did not call this strike on its own. It received a clear mandate from workers on the respective farms. They feel that they are worse off than before because of the new deductions.”
He said a 48-hour notice had been given to the employer and that the strike was not unprotected because certain provisions in the Labour Relations Act allows for a strike to be called without permission being granted by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
This week marks the first anniversary of violent strikes on farms in the province. Between November and January, the sector suffered tens of millions of rand in losses due to reduced productivity, arson and vandalism.
In February, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced that the minimum wage would be raised from R69 a day to R105.
Enough is enough, say Gauteng nurses
November 8 2013 at 11:22am
VUYO MKIZE (IOL News) 8 September 2013
Johannesburg - Gauteng nurses had their day
on Thursday.Tired of working in unsafe hospitals and clinics around the province, tired of going months without pay, tired of working with few or no resources, the close to 200 nurses marched from Cosatu House in Braamfontein to Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s offices to deliver their memorandum of grievances.
“This is our day. We’ve been a disciplined cadre in the public sector, we’ve been quiet, but today we say enough is enough,” said Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa’s (Denosa) deputy chairwoman Martina Modiselle.
Addressing the crowd, she added: “We are undermined because we are nurses and doctors. Our communities deserve quality services, but when things go wrong who is to blame? Us!
“We cannot continue working in hospitals with grave shortages of nurses and basic resources like syringes. We are tired of corrupt managers, we’re sick and tired of giving sub-standard services.”
The march also marked the launch of the union’s Positive Practice Environment Campaign for Health Professionals, under which the union, in association with the South African Medical Association (Sama), tabled eight core pillars.
The pillars - workplace safety, payment, equipment, supplies, resources, education, support and respect - formed part of the memorandum accepted by Aviva Manqa, a director at the premier’s office.
The union is demanding, among other things, that all outstanding payments of bonuses and overtime be paid by April; that a plan is formulated by January that addresses staff shortages; and a joint campaign to deal with bogus nursing colleges is launched.
The crowd sang struggle songs and chanted “Phantsi ngoHope Papo Phantsi (down with Health MEC Hope Papo).
Phuti Ratshabedi, Junior Doctors Association of South Africa’s treasurer, also took a swipe at Tembisa Hospital chief executive Daisy Pekane following the student doctor and nurse accommodation debacle last month.
“We can’t function well in hospitals with no accommodation like what happened in Tembisa. Phantsi (down) with CEOs that know nothing about being doctors. Phantsi! The recent events happening in health care are crucially crippling us. This is a time for change,” he said.
Communication Workers Union provincial secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said it was the Gauteng government’s shame that health-care workers were made to work under the conditions they did.
“We are ashamed on Friday to campaign for the ANC when nurses are working under these conditions. We want the premier to intervene,” he said.
Wiseman Mgilane, a student nurse from Carletonville, said the march was a positive move.
‘EFF hijacked our march’
Tebogo Monama (IOL News) 8 November 2013
Pretoria - Mooiplaats community leaders have accused the Economic Freedom Fighters of hijacking their service delivery march to the Union Buildings.
About 400 residents and EFF members gathered at the old Putco depot in Marabastad on Thursday to march to the Union Buildings, but the leaders of the two groups had disagreements at the meeting point.
The community group walked off first and the EFF followed, but they soon overtook the residents and walked in front singing songs about their leader, Julius Malema.
The march started later than planned because residents struggled to get transport to the city. Earlier in the week, they paid about R8 500 for buses to transport them to the march, which was originally planned for Tuesday.
The protest was postponed until Thursday by the city council because there was no one in the Presidency to receive their memorandum.
The residents decided to walk, and police fired rubber bullets at them. At least 10 people were injured and four were arrested when the residents and police clashed on the R55.
On Thursday, the community could not raise enough money to hire the buses again.
Community leader Andrew Msiza said: “This march is not about any political party. It is about the people. The EFF was supposed to back us. Now they suddenly want to take over. They cannot do that. We do not want our issues mixed with politics. They said that they would be behind us and suddenly they want to be in the front.”
When it was time to hand over the memorandum, EFF members complained about being left out. Only three community leaders were let through the Union Buildings gates and the EFF tried to push through so their leaders could get in.
The residents shouted at them to go to the back as the service delivery issues did not affect them.
EFF leader Peter Mothogwane said he did not want to speak about allegations of hijacking the march.
“I am not worried about that. The main thing is to present the memorandum and that the government hears us. There were only a few people who disrupted the march.”
The residents’ demands include the provision of water, electricity and a school.
They want the Presidency and mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to respond verbally to their demands within two weeks at the Mooiplaats grounds.
They also threatened that they would embark on violent marches if their demands were not met.
National Police fire shots at EFF protesters
Mail & Guardian 5 November 2013
Rubber shots have been fired at protesters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, say police.
Four of EFF members were arrested while others were shot and injured and are in hospital. (Gallo)
Rubber bullets were fired at protesters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday, police said.
"A shooting did take place at the Union Buildings where some people were injured," said Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.
The service delivery protest was held by residents of the Mooiplaas informal settlement, west of Pretoria.
Mofokeng was responding to a statement by the Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng condemning "the shooting of Mooiplaas Community who were in a process of a peaceful demonstration in Union Building (sic).
"Four of the EFF members are arrested while others [were] shot and injured and are in hospital," the party's Gauteng spokesperson Patrick Sindane said.
Metro police Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba could not confirm how many people were injured.
He denied claims that protesters were shot at or arrested because of their political affiliations.
"The protesters were Mooiplaas community members and police did not react to certain political parties, but to protesters as a whole," he said.
Sindane said the residents had applied and received permission to march, but were later told that the march had been cancelled.
Mahamba said it was cancelled because no one from the presidency was available to receive the residents' memorandum.
The march was then moved to Thursday, when the memorandum could be received.
"The community members were given adequate notice that the march was moved, as we contacted them from last Friday," he said.
Mahamba said that despite several attempts to notify the group of the postponement, they still went ahead with their march and arranged for buses to take them to the Union Buildings.
"The march was illegal, as they were denied access to the Union Buildings," Mahamba said. –
COSATU GAUTENG PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LABOUR BROKERS AND E-TOLL CAMPAIGN
Cosatu 6 November
COSATU in Gauteng has noted the recent developments around the passing of the Bills by the National Parliament and the subsequence signing of some of these Bills by the President of the Republic of South Africa Cde Jacob Zuma.
We are really annoyed and dismayed by these developments which will take our revolution backward and entrench neo-liberal agenda in the country. The e-toll campaign is one typical example of how the neo-liberal agenda is being pursued by the current administration which is the acceleration and consolidation of the Gear policies in the country.
We have also observed the developments on the Labour Law Amendments Act which has been passed by the Parliament recently. The Labour Amendments Act is entrenching the slavery system by regulating the labour brokering system. The labour brokering system is one another typical example of the neo-liberal agenda in our country and such is done at the expense of the workers and the working class in our country.
We are also angry that the wage subsidy has been once again introduced by our Government, regardless of the opposition to such by the workers and the working class. We feel that the government is not taking us seriously and therefore our choice to engage with the government has failed to yield positive results.
We have been mandated by the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee and also by the Provincial Shopsteward Council to develop a program of action to oppose the E-toll, labour brokers and also the youth wage subsidy.
We are now ready to implement the campaign and take it forward and the following will now constitute our mini program during the month of November 2013
8 November 2013
We will take to the streets of Johannesburg in a drive slow procession and target M1, N1, N12, M2. The procession will start at Cosatu House at 09h00 and up until 17h00.
12 November 2013
We will take to the street of Ekurhuleni in another drive slow procession and target N3, R24 and R21. The procession will start next to Mbhoro Church at 09h00 up until 17h30.
14 November 2013
We will be having a stay-away on the 14 November 2013 and the details of the march are currently under discussion with the Johannesburg Metro Police. We will be meeting with the metro police before the end of the week to finalize these details and such shall be communicated in due course.
We are calling upon members of the public to join us in these protests action.
Do not buy E-tags
We are still continuing to call on the members of the public not to buy e-tags and also for them not to pay for the E-tolls. The success of this system depends on the co-operation by the public and we must ensure that the system is rendered unworkable.
Dumisani Dakile (Provincial Secretary)
COSATU Gauteng Province
110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Streets
5th Floor COSATU House
Tel: +27 11 403-0990
Fax: +27 11 403-1653
Mobile: +27 82 727 1422
Mob kills matriculant over missing kids
IOL News 4 November 2013
East London - A matric pupil has been beaten to death by a group of people who believed he was involved with the disappearance of children in Nomphumelelo township in East London, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.
The 23-year-old Mbulelo Mtati was killed on Sunday, said Brigadier Marinda Mills.
“The police confirmed that there are no children reported missing in the East London area.”
Mills said there was also no information or evidence linking the man with the crimes.
Eastern Cape provincial police provincial commissioner Lieutenant Celiwe Binta said revenge attacks were not an answer to crime.
“We are condemning this in the strongest possible way, as these disturbing incidents are unjustifiable. We are in hot pursuit of the perpetrators,” said Binta.
Boy shot during Soweto protest
5 November 2013
Johannesburg - A 12-year-old boy was shot and wounded during a protest in Jabulani, Soweto, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.
Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the boy was shot on Friday.
“It is alleged the boy was shot in the head. By yesterday (Monday) he was still in hospital.
“We do not know who shot him, (it is) between the Johannesburg metro police and the South African Police Service (SAPS). We are investigating.”
He said residents protested on Friday, demanding that speed humps be erected on roads, as cars were driving at high speed in the area.
Makhubela said a case of attempted murder was opened on Monday after the police traced the boy's family.
He said there was a public disturbance during the protest and three people were arrested.
“The three were arrested for malicious damage and public violence. They appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.”
He said the case was postponed to Monday, when they were expected to bring a formal bail application. - Sapa
Strike at Transnet reaches day 18
Lerato Mnculwane 3 November 2013
Ermelo - The dispute between the National Transport Movement (NTM) and Transnet is yet to be resolved.
NTM and its members embarked on a national strike at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), demanding to be recognised as a union in the parastatal’s bargaining structures and organisational rights.
Two unions, Satawu and Utatu Sarwhu, are currently recognised and have collective agreements with Transnet. In 2007, Transnet concluded a recognition agreement with a number of trade unions representing its employees.
The agreement stipulates that any union seeking recognition by Transnet must meet a threshold of 30 per cent of employees in the bargaining unit and also 30 per cent of employees in the bargaining unit in an operating division.
Only unions that have more members than the agreed threshold qualify for recognition. Recognition by the employer grants the relevant union access to the property and, crucially, an arrangement for deduction of union fees by employees and payment of these fees to the relevant union.
he NTM’s Mr J. Makhathini says the two unions currently recognised by Transnet are minority unions, but the organisation had collective agreements with them and they are now putting pressure on Transnet not to recognise the NTM, because they fear it might become a bigger union.
“According to the Labour Act, a majority union must represent 51 per cent of employees in order to force a company to accept or reject a new union’s request for recognition. Neither of the recognised unions meets this percentage, therefore Transnet and the two unions cannot reject our request for recognition, said Mr Makhathini.
According to Transnet, NTM is standing at 3,5 per cent, far below the required threshold. Mr Makhathini argues that they are well on course to meeting and exceeding the threshold.
Transnet has, however, circulated photos of the movement’s leaders to bar them from its premises thereby stopping them from recruiting members.
Transnet filed an urgent application with the Labour Court on 16 October for an interim order declaring the NTM strike unprotected and for other consequential relief.
Transnet also claimed that acceding to these demands would compel them to breach the terms of a collective agreement concluded with trade unions.
Judgement delivered by the Judge of the Labour Court, the Honourable André van Niekerk, ruled that neither the relevant Act nor the terms of collective agreement concluded between Transnet and other trade unions serve to deny NTM the right to seek collective bargaining and to strike in support of a demand for organisational rights.
NTM was subsequently granted a certificate to strike.
Transnet in Ermelo has as of last Saturday at 2pm issued a lockout order to the strikers and implemented a principle of no work, no pay.
Munsieville murder sparks protest
Amoryn Golden 3 November 2013
Picketing outside the Krugersdorp Magistrates' Court on Thursday 31 October, angry residents followed as the ANC Women's League (ANC WL) led in song to oppose the killing of women and children.
Inside the court a 24-year-old man from Munsieville stood in the docks for brutally killing his alleged lover.
According Joey Mokone from ANC WL in Munsieville a crying baby was left on the womans lifeless body.
"We condemn this and other killings in the informal settlement and unite in protest to show that there is no place for murderers and criminals in Munsieville," she says.
Protestors marched from the court to the Krugersdorp Police Station where they handed over a memorandum stipulating their grievances with the local satellite police station.
"Our main concerns are police reaction time and lack of urgency. We had one case where a man died in front of the police station because police took too long with paperwork," says Mokone.
According to Mokone Munsieville residents are living in fear as crimes such as murder and rape have increased in the area over the past year.
Gathered in protest, community members and representatives of various churches and organisations such as the Community Work Programme (CWP) emphasised that they refused to live like prisoners in their own homes and that they were adamant to stop crime in Munsieville.
The suspect accused of murder had his case postponed until 13 December when the protestors also will return to court.
Five killed by ‘mob’ in Khutsong
IOL News 4 November 2013
Five alleged criminals, including a witch doctor, were killed by an enraged mob in a township on Sunday, police said, the latest act of vigilantism in a country plagued with high rates of violent crime.
The killings in Khutsong follow other flare-ups in the West Rand, a sprawling group of communities west of Johannesburg that has fallen on hard times as gold mines have closed.
Another township in the area, Bekkersdal, has been the scene of periodic riots the past few weeks by residents angry at the failure of the local government to provide services such as rubbish collection, an ominous sign for the ruling African National Congress ahead of general elections next year.
In Sunday's incident, police said in a statement that about 400 men had gathered in an open field to air their grievances about gangsters in the area and then split up into roving vigilante groups.
They first attacked a 61-year-old traditional healer, setting his house alight and burning him to death.
Two young men who the police said belonged to a criminal grouping known as the “Casanova Gang” were then set upon and also burnt to death. The group then moved to another neighbourhood, where two other alleged gangsters were stoned to death. Several people were also injured during the rampage.
“Police have increased visibility in the area. Currently the area is volatile,” the police said. - Reuters
ANC, EFF blame each other for spat
IOL News 4 November 2013
Johannesburg - A man sustained injuries to his foot and a passing car’s window was smashed as the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) clashed in Freedom Park, south of Joburg, on Sunday.
Several people were injured during the incident, with several seen limping and being treated after they were hit by flying rocks.
The ANC and EFF are now pointing fingers at each other, each claiming it had come under attack from the other.
The ANC said EFF members had beaten some people and pepper-sprayed others.
It began when the EFF and the ANC supporters ran into each other unexpectedly while campaigning in Freedom Park on Sunday morning, with a violent confrontation ensuing.
A man, who declined to give his name, said he was driving when he saw a group of people seemingly fighting.
“I tried to flee and did a U-turn when my car was hit, but I returned because I wanted to know why I was being attacked.
“But the comrades (ANC) said they would repair my windscreen,” he said.
By the time the two groups had separated, a crowd had gathered in front of the fire station, to where the injured ANC supporters were rushed.
Kevin Ntaopane lay on a stretcher, crying in pain, and mumbling that no one must touch his bandaged foot.
A fuming Sylvia Soka said EFF members pepper-sprayed Ntaopane, tripped him, and when he fell, hit him with the butt of a gun on his head and on the injured foot.
Soka said they were waiting for transport to take them to various areas to campaign when EFF supporters arrived.
“We were busy singing and waiting for the transport when they came closer to us and pepper-sprayed us. It means they were ready for an attack, hence they came with weapons, they wanted to catch us unawares,” the 55-year-old woman said.
A man, who declined to give his name but said he was a community leader, said some of the EFF members not only had pepper spray and other weapons, but guns too.
EFF provincial convener Mgcina Tshwaku said the ANC supporters were “lying through their teeth”.
He said they were campaigning peacefully when ANC members told them to leave the area as it was their ward.
Suddenly, the ANC supporters started hurling stones at them.
Tshwaku said a stone had hit an EFF member on the head, while another was beaten severely.
“They were beating us and also throwing stones, and they lied that we wanted to burn schools and clinics. The ANC ambushed us.
“They are lying through their teeth, we came to Freedom Park peacefully.”
The EFF said Lufuno Gogoro and its organiser for its Johannesburg Regional Command Team were attacked.
It said the same group, which it characterised as thugs had attacked and injured EFF members “in the very same ward”.
“We are calling on our fighters not to complain anymore, but to protect and defend themselves,” the EFF said later in a statement, promising to complain to the IEC and the provincial SAPS office.
Ntaopane was taken to hospital for further treatment.
Paramedics put bandages on the wounds of those who had been hit by stones.
Civil unrest moves to town
Service delivery protest spreads to Durban Deep and disrupts peak traffic.
Riaan van Zyl (LookLocal) 31 October 2013
Following in the wake of the Tshepisong and Bekkersdal riots, unhappy residents of Durban Deep have added their voices to the choir of civil disobedience.
Allegedly having been without water and prepaid electricity for two weeks, the protestors took to Albertina Sisulu Road in the early morning hours of 31 October.
Entrances to Durban Deep were barricaded with burning tyres that kept on appearing magically, as well as tree trunks. At first JMPD and the SAPS just observed and diverted traffic away from the chaos but when the protestors started intimidating residents carrying water into the community, a confrontation started between law enforcement and the crowd.
Only mothers with babies were let in and out while vehicles and those attempting to go to work were stopped. Teachers from Durban Deep Primary School also were prevented from entering the community.
Protestors shouted anti-Zuma and anti-government slogans and burned ANC posters.
At approximately 8am the ANC Councillor Sabelo Xane arrived at the scene where at that stage SAPS members in riot gear had to control the crowd. Xane could not address the community as they got hostile and he had to take shelter in a police Nyala.
Motorists are advised to avoid Albertina Sisulu Road in the areas surrounding Durban Deep.
EFF members march against e-tolls
IOL News 1 November 2013
Johannesburg - Traffic will be diverted in Newtown on Friday during a protest march by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters against e-tolls, Johannesburg metro police said.
Spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the protest would start from Mary Fitzgerald Square at 10am.
“They will proceed up Bree Street, turn right into Simmonds Street up to the office of the premier where a memorandum will be handed over,” he said.
“They will return to Mary Fitzgerald Square along Fox Street and Miriam Makeba Street. The march should be over by 1pm and we are expecting about 2 000 marchers.”
On Wednesday, the EFF in Gauteng said the implementation of e-tolling would rob Gauteng residents of their hard-earned money.
The EFF called on citizens, civil society and anyone opposed to e-tolling to reject the system, as it represented a “systematic and well planned robbery by the (President Jacob) Zuma-led African (National Congress) government”.
A legal challenge to e-tolling by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal on October 9.
Outa announced on October 18 it did not have money to continue the legal fight against e-tolling. Outa's argument remained that the South African National Roads Agency Ltd and government did not conduct a proper public participation process. - Sapa
Cops stood by while looting took place’
Botho Molosankwe (IOL News) 31 October 2013
Foreign businessmen say police turned a blind eye when locals in Duduza township attacked and looted their shops. More than 100 foreigners were displaced after the attacks.
Johannesburg - Xenophobic attacks have flared up in Duduza, with foreign businessmen accusing police of turning a blind eye when locals attack them, loot their stores and drive them out of the Ekurhuleni township.
One senior Duduza police officer is alleged to have told foreigners fleeing from a mob looting their shops to “go and eat grass” when they asked for help on Tuesday night.
Displaced foreigners who have since fled the area said on Wednesday police just stood and watched as a raging mob stormed their shops, looting and damaging their property.
Homeless and sitting around under trees at a park in Dunnottar, Springs, on Wednesday, they said they had slept in the nearby church. Others had slept in their cars as there was not enough space in the church.
A 30-year-old Somali man whose eyes were red from lack of sleep said that at around 1am on Tuesday he was trying to help a fellow countryman when they decided to ask Captain Thembi Nxumalo for help.
Nxumalo is a member of a task team that was established two months ago to deal with the violence against foreigners.
However, she allegedly told the man that he’d better go away from Duduza.
“She told him that he could go wherever he wants and eat grass.
“How can someone say someone must go and eat grass? Are we animals? I was so shocked by what she said,” said the man, with those around him confirming they had heard Nxumalo telling the businessman off.
Nxumalo and her colleagues denied this, inviting those with complaints to come forward and make an affidavit.
“How can I do that if my duty is to protect people? I was there, helping them and working with representatives from different countries. They are angry and frustrated, and talking too much,” she said.
A 31-year-old Ethiopian said that when about 50 people stormed his shop and started looting it, he had asked for help from police officers.
“I asked them: ‘Why are you not protecting us? If you don’t protect us, who will?’ But they said they don’t have the powers to chase the looters.”
Another businessman said police left looters who were busy emptying his shop and started searching him and other foreigners instead.
“Some of the looters were even giving the police some of the looted stuff. We asked the police why they were not doing anything but they said the looters had many rights,” said the 26-year-old man.
The acting station commander for Duduza police station, Captain Bheki Mhlungu, said he did not know anything about the allegations and that no one had been arrested because, as soon as police arrived at the scene, the looters would flee.
“Understand that these are aggrieved people and this is the second time this is happening to them and they work very hard for their money.”
Cape Town CBD in chaos
Kim Kay 30 October 2013
Cape Town - Chaos erupted in the Cape Town CBD as hundreds of people allegedly protesting against the provincial government flooded the streets and started rioting.
According to the People's Post, a large police contingent was present outside the government building where protesters vowed to stay until Premier Helen Zille addressed the crowd.
The protest then took a turn for the worse when some of the crowd broke away and began looting stalls and shops in St George's Mall.
Shop owners and traders were forced to pack away their goods and stop trading in fear of being attacked by a mob of protesters.
Ward Councillor in Court for assault on foreign nationals
Magda Maritz (Look Local) 31 October 2013
A peaceful protest by foreighn nationals at Nigel Magistrate's Court nearly turned violent on October 31.
The protest follows the arrest of a ward councillor Thabo Patric Motaung, in Duduza on October 30. He was arrested on charges of assault with intent of grevious bodily harm and taken to SAPS Nigel.
According to the foreign nationals' representative, Ayob Mungalee, Motlaung arranged several attacks on Somali nationals, among which Midigo Yaikob who was set alight after being thrown with a petrol, Hanfore Abera who was stabbed with a knife and Kebede, who was brutally assaulted after the windscreen of his car was smashed with a brick.
Motaung is to appear in Nigel Magistrate's Court today (October 31) for a bail application, which will be strongly opposed by the Ayob Mungalee.
A full report on this matter will follow soon.