||SOUTH AFRICAN PROTEST NEWS 19 FEBRUARY 3 March 2012
Mass action against labour broking and e-tolling, 7 March 2012
Cosatu 3 March 2012
The Congress of South African trade Unions is receiving overwhelming support for the 7
March general strike against labour brokers, the casualisation of labour, attempts to
restrict the right to strike and the imposition of e-tolling. Its all-systems go for
the biggest mass protest in years!
32 marches will be taking place around the country and all your readers, listeners and
viewers are very welcome to join in and of course the media are invited to attend and
report. Details of marches on 7th March 2012, all starting at 09h00 are:
PROVINCE MARCH VENUE CONTACT MAIN SPEAKER
Gather at Keisersgracht and march to Parliament
082 773 3194
Gather at Thembalethu 4-Way and march to Department of Labour
082 339 5442
(SACTWU General Secretary)
Gather at Esselen Park and march to Department of Labour
(SATAWU National Treasurer)
Gather at Kobus Lock Transport and march to Department of Labour
(NUMSA Deputy GS)
Gather at North End Stadium and march to DOL
082 779 2466
(NUMSA General Secretary)
Gather at Nangoza Jebe Hall and march to Vuyisile Mini Square
(COSATU 2nd Deputy President.)
Gather at Mzingisi Skweyiya Hall and march to DOL and Provincial Government.
Gather at Freedom Square and march to Department of Labour
Venue to be confirmed
Thembeka Gwagwa (DENOSA General Secretary)
Venue to be confirmed
Gather at Lynville Stadium and march to Department of Labour
082 719 5699
Thamsanqa Piet Matosa
(NUM Deputy President )
Gather at Show Grounds and march to Government Complex
(NEHAWU General Secretary)
Gather at SABC Park march to Department of Labour, Shoprite and Banks
083 525 1638
(COSATU Deputy General Secretary)
Gather at Taxi Rank and march to Shoprite, PnP, Fosko mines and Banks
Macdonald Sibuyi 072 122 3241
Gather at Thulamela municipality and march to Vhembe District, Shoprite, Spar and Banks.
082 437 7020
Phophi Ramathuba (SAMA)
Gather Tubatse Municipality and march to Shoprite, Spar, Banks and Burgersford Mall.
076 031 9344
(FAWU General Secretary)
Gather at Police Training Centre and march to Shoprite, Eskom and offices of Exxaro Mines.
073 337 1737
Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Gather at Klerksdorp Medical Centre and march to Department of Labour
082 304 4055
Frans Baleni (NUM General Secretary)
Ngaka Modiri Molema
Gather at Montshiao Stadium and march to Department of Labour offices
082 339 5836
(SAMWU General Secretary)
Dr. Ruth Mompati
Gather at Huhudi Stadium and march to Naledi municipality
(SATAWU Deputy President)
Gather at Bojanala taxi rank and march to municipality
To be confirmed
Gather at Galeshiwe Open Arena and march to Department of Labour and Premiers Office
082 401 6598
(COSATU 1st Deputy President)
Gather at Inkosi King Dinuzulu (Bothas) Square and march to Durban City Hall
072 884 3456
Gather ZCBF and march to Department of Labour
071 068 2003
Gather at Corner Allen Street and Hildrop Streets and march to the Trean Park
072 280 0588
Gather at Library Gardens and march to Premiers Office, Chamber of Mines, SEISSA and
Department of Transport and Roads
082 727 1422
(COSATU General Secretary)
Gather at Batho Community Hall and march to Department of Labour Lebohang Building.
082 563 6954
Mzwandile Makwayiba (NEHAWU President)
Gather at Stadium and march to Op die krop, Mentec, OK Scheepers, Oranje Printers and
Department of Labour
(SADTU Vice President )
Gather at Difemeng TFC, Freedom Square, and march to Maluti a Phofung Municipality and
Department of Labour.
Gather at Zamdela Hall and march to Department of Labour
To be confirmed
Gather at Sasol Garage and march to Chamber of Business, Matjhabeng Municipality and
Department of Labour.
To be confirmed
Gather at Old Office and march to local traffic department
To be confirmed
Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
Tel: +27 11 339-4911/24
Fax: +27 11 339-5080 / 6940
Mobile: +27 82 821 7456
Parkhurst simmering as pay parking is ignored
IOL News 2 March 2012
Ward councillor Tim Truluck walked up and down 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Joburg, like
Sherlock Holmes in a green golf shirt, trying to solve the areas latest mystery.
He went into a few shops, greeting the owners by name and discussing the incidents of the
day with them. He compared the stories, trying to narrow down the truth.
There were rumours of a fight between a restaurant owner and a parking attendant.
Tension around parking and parking attendants has been brewing in the area since December,
when the Joburg metro police department (JMPD) and Ace Parking Systems said they planned
to introduce pay parking.
The attendants descended on the suburb on Thursday and had to deal with many motorists
refusing to honour the new pay parking system. After arguments and boycotts, they were
forced to leave by mid-morning, vowing to return on Friday.
The battle between Parkhursts residents and business owners and the JMPD and Ace
Parking Systems began after residents noticed that yellow numbers had been painted next to
parking spaces. These numbers were meant to aid Ace in metering the parking spaces.
But on Thursday morning, Ace and the JMPD arrived to find someone had spraypainted over
the numbers during the night.
Residents and traders cursed the new system, saying they were concerned that the
R8-an-hour parking tariffs would cripple their businesses and cause havoc in the side
streets, where motorists will park to avoid the meters.
They had a public meeting with the JMPD, but Truluck said none of their suggestions, such
as allowing half-an-hour of free parking, were accepted.
So on Tuesday night the residents hired an attorney to begin a legal battle against the
City of Joburg to prevent the metering of parking spaces in their and other suburbs.
Truluck welcomed the JMPDs presence and better implementation of by-laws in the
area, but said the process was muddled and that other aspects of the contract, such as the
fixing of potholes and the allocation of loading, disabled and bike spaces, needed to be
JMPD spokeswoman Superintendent Edna Mamonyane said she had not heard about Thursdays
Truluck said there would be a public meeting on Wednesday night, and that Ace and the JMPD
had called an emergency meeting for Friday to discuss the issue. - The Star
Cosatu asks everyone to join e-tolling protest
IOL News 3 March 2012
Cosatu will take to the streets on Wednesday, in protest against e-tolling, but will not
join a proposed court action to obtain an interdict against user fees on Gautengs
Thats because the DA is part of the bid for an interdict.
Lets be honest. We are not part of it mainly because (of) the DAs
participation in it
Its the same party (that is) calling for the privatisation
of everything under the sun, said Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi, adding it was a
contradiction that the DA was now aligning itself with those objecting to the
commodification of roads.
If citizens can use roads freely, then the DA must accept the state has a role to
play, he said. We cant wish them bad (in the court action). If they win
we will benefit.
Speaking after the trade union federations central executive committee meeting this
week, Vavi said the call for civil disobedience remained: Dont buy e-tags.
Use, continue to use, the public roads. These are national assets that belong to all South
Africans. Dont pay any fines.
Last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a reduction in the toll fees to
30c/km, down from 60c/km for light vehicles and the exemption of public transport like
taxis. This was possible, he said, because the government had found R5.8 billion to help
pay the around R20bn debt from improving, predominantly, the Ben Schoeman highway.
However, a number of other toll roads are planned, including one linking KwaZulu-Natal and
the Eastern Cape.
The government also announced steps were under way to criminalise the failure to register
and pay tolls.
This had not soothed tempers, raised when roads agency Sanral announced the fees last year
after failing to consult widely, a matter close to Cosatus heart as it was still
waiting for such a consultative meeting with the transport minister.
Further controversy erupted when it emerged the agency may have contravened consumer
protection legislation as the e-tag terms and conditions include the right to access an
applicants credit ratings and canvassing any institution where an applicant holds an
While court action is being contemplated, Cosatus protest marches on Wednesday take
to 31 towns and cities from Cape Town, Joburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London
and Bloemfontein to smaller towns like Lusikisiki, Sasolburg, Rustenburg and Mahikeng.
Its all systems go for the biggest mass protest in years, said Vavi on
Thursday. We call on every South African to join this protest action, be they black
or white, rich or poor.
Also on the agenda is the call for a ban on labour brokers.
Cosatu wants an end to labour broking which it describes as nothing less than
a form of human trafficking, reducing workers to commodities, hired out to companies like
sacks of potatoes.
But there has been little leeway from the government. During his State of the Nation
Address, President Jacob Zuma said labour broking involved inherently abusive practices,
but called for negotiations to resolve the matter.
Cosatu was adamant this week that labour brokers be banned.
One day under a labour broker is one day too long, said Vavi. - Marianne
Court order granted in land invasion case
IOL News 2 March 2012
An interim court order prohibiting land invaders from entering two farms in KwaZulu-Natal
was granted in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.
Farm owners in Mtubatuba, in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, were granted the order by Judge
The order forbids invaders from entering the properties, orchestrating invasions, and
Andre de Wet, counsel for the two property owners, said the land invaders had threatened
the owners with death.
Neil Jorgensen, owner of a 35-hectare farm, said in an affidavit that he had been
assaulted so often that he could no longer stay on the farm.
The other applicant was the owner of a 74-hectare plot.
The respondents are the alleged ringleaders of the invaders, Fani Ndwandwe and M Mthethwa.
Jorgensen said that on February 06, 2012 he saw pegs being knocked into the ground,
apparently demarcating properties and even roads, and two weeks later trucks unloaded
building equipment on the farms.
He reported the matter to police who told him the invaders had laid historical claim to
The police said they therefore regarded the land invasions as civil matters and as such
were not simply trespassing cases.
No land redistribution claims have been initiated on the farms concerned.
Jorgenson said the invaders slaughtered animals and sugarcane was destroyed.
He said it was imperative to nip the building in the bud, because once structures were
erected the land owners would incur enormous legal costs to get rid of the invaders. -
Five protesters arrested
IOL News 2 March 2012
Five people were arrested for public violence during a protest over education in Gilead,
in Limpopo's Waterberg area on Friday, police said.
Three women and two men, aged between 18 and 48, were part of a group who went on
the rampage and blocked a road, Lt-Col Mohale Ramatseba said in a statement.
They blocked the N11 near Mokopane in the early morning by burning tyres, because their
village did not have a school. Ramatseba said more arrests were imminent. The five were
expected to appear in the Gilead Magistrate's Court on Monday. - Sapa
IOL News 2 March 2012
Pupils went on the rampage this morning and had to be brought under control by police
armed with rubber bullets at a school where a boy was stabbed to death on Wednesday.
Emotions flared after pupils at the Vorentoe High School in Auckland Park when they were
told the five boys allegedly implicated in the stabbing may be let out on bail.
Classes came to a halt this morning shortly after 8am, when a large group between
10 and 20 according to witnesses started smashing windows, writing on walls and
disrupting other classes.
Concerned parents began arriving at the school shortly after a brigade of metro police,
SAPS officers and an ambulance arrived at the school.
Teachers had been unable to stop the rowdy group and had called emergency services for
back up to help get the school under control.
Most of the school pupils loitered outside classes at around 9am, after an announcement
from the principal said that classes had been temporarily suspended and teaching would
resume only after the situation had been brought under control.
It was at about 10am that peace prevailed and pupils were instructed to return to class.
The chaos follows a brutal stabbing on Wednesday in which a Grade 11 pupil was killed just
outside school property.
Five pupils from another school were arrested in connection with the crime, and were set
to appear in the Newlands Magistrates Court this morning.
Pupils and teachers at the school said they believed that it was news that the suspects
might be granted bail today that had tempers flaring, resulting in the chaos that shut
down the school.
One teacher, who asked not to be named, said that some pupils were still traumatised after
Wednesdays incident, and were acting out because they hadnt had a chance to
deal with their grief and anger.
But we have had counsellors here all week to speak to the children, she said.
Its not the schools fault if the boys get bail, but Im taking my
daughter home for the day, said one concerned parent escorting his daughter out of
The concerned dad said that the rioting pupils needed to understand that even if the
murder suspects were granted bail, this would be done by a court of law and was a matter
of justice being served.
Percy van Wyk had also come to pick up his son, and said he would be filing a case of
assault against the five boys arrested for the stabbing incident, as his son had been
injured in the fight that had resulted in the death of a teenager.
Numerous students were seen leaving the school by 10am today. Dozens of police officers,
some armed with shotguns and rifles loaded with rubber bullets, continued to patrol the
school grounds. Several pupils told The Star that racial tensions at the school had risen
since the attack, and that it was because of the difference in the races of the attackers
and the victim that students were acting out.
A make-shift memorial had been created on the spot where the young victim had been
Efforts to get official comment from the police on this mornings chaos were
unsuccessful and it was not clear whether or not any arrests were made. - The Star
Wrong walk to freedom
Tshego Lepule 2 March 2012
Hundreds of pupils took part in the march to protests against the school principal.
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane
These pupils marched 10 kilometres in protest, only to end up at the wrong education
Yesterday, angry learners from Dr Nelson Mandela High School in Crossroads boycotted
classes and shut down the school.
They demanded that school principal Linda Mnothoze be fired.
After burning a dustbin in the school yard, the learners decided to take their grievances
to the nearest education department.
Hundreds of angry pupils marched down New Eisleben Road, went over a busy bridge on
Highlands Drive and down AZ Berman Drive.
The 10 kilometre walk took the group nearly an hour to get to Mitchells Plain.
Unbeknownst to the learners, they had gone to the wrong district office.
Officials at the premises of the Metropole South District informed the pupils their school
did not fall under their district but they would listen to their complaints.
On their list of grievances were the following:
* The students claim that corporal punishment still exists at the school.
* That they were wrongly being charged fees of R200 and that to their knowledge public
schools did not require any fees.
* They stated that the school comes out at 4.30pm [this is dangerous as gangsters often
wait outside for them].
* They also allege the principal insults successful initiates who are regarded as men by
calling them boys.
First term tests that were scheduled to be written yesterday were cancelled.
The learners stated they will only write the tests once the principal has been fired.
Tests set for today may also be affected.
A Grade 11 learner, Sixolile Somazembe, 19, says the principal is abusive towards the
Our principal does not treat us well because he doesnt respect our culture and
often deliberately calls us boys, he says
He also makes us take off our hats and jackets, which we are not allowed to do
[according to traditional initiation rites].
He hits us with fists and slaps us.
We pay R200 for text books and stationery yet we can never print anything from the
machine as there is never any paper or ink.
Fellow learner Anitha Mkhechane, 16, says their teachers beat them with sticks on their
We are verbally abused by both the principal and the teachers, the teen tells
the Daily Voice.
When we arrive late at school, the teachers at the gate would tell us if there were
penises hanging on the gate, then we would come running.
The teachers also hit us when we come to school late.
We stand at the gate and miss out on four periods and still get beaten.
On Wednesday, the Grade 9 and 10 learners were kicked out of school and they just
expected us to come in to write tests [yesterday].
The learners say they were told to pay an initial R100 for textbooks and later informed an
extra R100 was required for a computer room they claim to not have access to.
The angry group stood outside the departments building singing and chanting how they
want the principal gone.
They also demanded their money back.
Scores of pupils avoiding the scorching heat took shelter under tiny palm trees.
They also marched up and down on the busy AZ Berman Drive, causing havoc with the passing
vehicles. - Daily Voice
Principal probed for fraud forced out
IOL News 2 March 2012
Parents of pupils at Fons Luminis Secondary School in Diepkloof took matters into their
own hands on Thursday when they marched into the school and demanded that the principal,
Lempe Motumi, be physically removed from his office.
Teaching was disrupted at the school earlier this week when teachers downed tools, calling
for the principal to be dismissed.
Motumi is facing charges of fraud and is being investigated by the police and the Gauteng
Department of Education.
Zodwa Rannuadi, who has a Grade 8 child at the school, said having Motumi at the school
while investigations were pending against him did not make sense.
He confessed to spending R22 000 from the schools account. Why is he still
here? He should be suspended while the investigation is pending.
Rannuadi, who was among a throng of parents who were at the school on Thursday morning,
said parents were there to fight for their childrens rights.
The school cant function properly while hes still there. Sometimes
teachers even run out of chalk because there are no resources at all
chequebook was confiscated and they cant do anything, she said.
Rannuadi said children often returned home late because they had to stay behind and do
their homework at school. They cant take their school work home or study from home
because they have to share textbooks.
Nombulelo Krweca, whose child is in Grade 11, also said Motumi must go.
Motumi was escorted off the premises on Wednesday morning after it was agreed that he had
to leave to ensure stability. Teaching has since resumed.
Gauteng Department of Education spokesman Charles Phahlane said Motumi had been placed on
a precautionary transfer while the department finalises its probe of him. He will report
to the district office.
Phahlane said the department would meet the parents and teachers on Monday.
Strike continues at Samancor Chrome as NUM rejects pittance
NUM 2 March 2012
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has last night rejected Samancor Chrome s
offers and vowed to continue with the already one week old strike action. The NUM demands
that the company should equalize its wages between all Samancor mines and Smelters. Other
issues include the issue of calculation of benefits, family responsibility leave and the
We are going forward with the strike and our members are resolute says Ecliff
Tantsi, the NUM s Negotiator at Samancor Chrome mines. 3500 miners are currently
continuing with the strike action at both the East and West divisions of Samancor Chrome.
Ecliff Tantsi- 082 941 4210
Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman) 082 803 6719
Protest against trucks
SDCEA 1 March 2012
The Durban South Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Merebank and Clairwood
residents association, Community Safety Organization, Bluff Ratepayers Association
Invites you to:
A protest against the increase in truck traffic
People of the Bluff, Treasure Beach, Merebank, Wentworth, Austerville, Umbilo and
Clairwood will protest (Peaceful picket) to highlight the trucking atrocities the people
have become burdened with over the years as a result of trucks
Trucks have killed residents, caused damage and injuries, damaged robots and roads and its
getting worse by the day.
Its time to say enough and let the politicians and council know that we are not
going to stand by and allow trucks to ruin our suburbs and kill our residents.
We have asked, begged and pleaded for it to come to an end but it just gets worse
I would like to ask the Bluff residents to come out in their numbers because its the
future of our suburb and residents safety at stake.
No more words, time for action
Even if you have to take two hours off work, its two hours that could affect our future
Place: Edwin Swales Drive by Makro, the protest will take place by the shell garage
We are hoping to be able to park at Makro and Des d'Sa is finding out for us but there is
also plenty parking across the road and around Makro
Date 9th March 2012
Time 07h00 (7am)
(2 hours of your time could affect how the truck madness is handled in the future.)
SATAWU reaction to PRASA (METRORAIL) allegations
SATAWU 1 March 2012
The South Africa Transport & Allied Workers Union strongly condemns PRASA who this
morning 1 March 2012, maliciously accused SATAWU and its members of being responsible for
the torching of 6 trains last night.
We are against any kind of wrong doing and criminal activities as a union. We publicly
call on the SAPS to investigate the matter and take appropriate actions against the
perpetrators. We have observed in the past, that the torching of the trains were
carried out by criminal elements within the community who take advantage of space created
by the strike. We believe this might be the case, as our members have been peacefully
protesting outside Umjanji house during the day from Monday said Nicholus Maziya
Deputy General Secretary
SATAWU nevertheless expresses its outrage at this blatant continued attack on our
President by Mr Mosenngwa Mofi of PRASA RAIL , which highlights precisely why the protests
were necessary, PRASA has become a haven for some deployed comrades who feel they have
become untouched and cannot be subjected to questions regarding the state of the company.
SATAWU goes on record to say hands off our President!!, he is not alone in
the fight against corruption in State-Owned Companies ( SOCs). We call upon the membership
of SATAWU to rally around our President and defend the fighting against the looting
of state companies resources by a selected few. We call on our members to display
the outmost discipline and restraint, acting contrary would give PRASA the boldness to
boost the last kick of a dying horse. Their tactics are in the end self-defeating. The
crisis within the company is systemic and deep-rooted.
SATAWU is disgusted but not surprised by the clearly visible attempt to deter us
from focus on the fight against corruption in our State-Owned Companies ( SOCs). While we
welcome that 5 suspects have been arrested, SATAWU realises that the rot within will be
stopped by them vilifying our President or using allegations against our members as
SATAWU reiterate its demands that an external forensic investigations be commissioned to
look into the following issues;
· To probe PRASAs financials for the last five years to date;
· Allegations raised against PRASA GCEO be investigated
· That all implicated Managers who continue to work for PRASA up to this day be suspended
The rife violations of Supply Chain Systems had resulted in depletion of Rolling Stock
Materials (Train Sets Components), a situation that compelled PRASA to strip train sets of
components so as to fix other trains sets for them to remain in operation.
This disingenuous and obvious attempt to dissuade us, powerfully reinforces our belief
that the reluctance displayed by the PRASA board to look into this matter is part of their
big cover up.
Zenzo Mahlangu General Secretary - 072 613 1332
Nicholas Maziya Deputy General Secretary 076 705 4743
Mamokgethi Rea Molopyane Spokesperson 082 395 0907
Gauteng train arson attacks poor
Prasa 1 March 2012
The damage caused was estimated at R38 million.
Prasa CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said five people had been arrested.
Three of them had been caught vandalising critical safety infrastructure, he said, adding
that this kind of intentional sabotage endangered commuters' lives.
The trains were set alight on Wednesday night at New Canada, the Braamfontein yard and the
Elandsfontein yard in Leralla.
There is no doubt this was an act of arson orchestrated by striking (railway)
workers, Mofi said.
...(They) have elected to resort to criminal conduct, which follows very closely on
the heels of threats made by the striking workers that they will torch trains.
Mofi said some strike leaders had been dismissed for fraud, theft and non-performance.
We call on the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) to do the right thing
and deal severely with those of their members who have been party to this heinous crime.
Satawu spokeswoman Rea Molopyane said union leadership would meet this morning to discuss
There is a lot more to this than just blaming the union and individuals, she
We will issue a statement once we have had an opportunity to properly investigate
and discuss the matter. Sapa
13 held in Rustenburg youth protest
IOL News 1 March 2012
Thirteen people were arrested on Thursday after protesting youths blockaded roads in Luka,
near Rustenburg, North West police said.
We arrested 13 people for public violence and also confiscated two cars carrying
tyres, Captain Tselane Nkala said.
The protest erupted eight kilometres from Impala Platinum (Implats) mine a day after
workers returned to work.
Luka village residents demanded on Thursday to be employed in unfilled positions at the
They blockaded roads into the village and burnt tyres. Police used rubber bullets to
disperse a crowd of around 500 people. Schools were also disrupted and people were
prevented from going to work.
Community leader Solly Huma said they would continue to protest and were angry because
Implats was transporting people from other provinces, instead of locals, to work at the
We are local people and now Impala is re-hiring expelled workers and they also ferry
people from other provinces to work here. If they think their problems have ended, let
them wait and see what we will do. We are going to protest until we are hired.
Implats' head of personnel Johan Theron said in a statement that preference would be given
to returning employees, who would receive their old benefits, in the filling of open
If we receive more than 15 000 applications, we will keep a recall list and as soon
as opportunities become available, those on the list will be prioritised.
Earlier on Thursday, protesters started a fire on the railway line and damaged traffic
lights, Nkala said.
He said the 13 people arrested would appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate's Court on Friday.
Nkala said the situation was tense and was being monitored by the police. Sapa
Malemas home town cleans up after clashes
Yusuf Omar (IOL News) 1 March 2012
Residents of Seshego Zone 1 in Polokwane on Thursday morning began to clean up after the
streets became a battleground between supporters of embattled ANCYL leader Julius Malema
and his detractors following Luthuli House's announcement of his expulsion from the ANC.
Bullet shells, broken bottles and rocks lay on the tarmac following a stand-off which
finished around 3am on Thursday morning when 17 police cars and an Inyala contained the
Earlier on Wednesday night, coming under heavy rock pelting and seemingly random gunshots
in the dark, several police officers were seen retreating into the cornfields. A few squad
cars windows were smashed.
Friction began at shortly after 11pm when an anti-Malema group celebrated his demise by
lighting fireworks and carrying a cardboard tombstone reading RIP Julius Malema,
signifying the end of his political career. Just before midnight they approached Malemas
grandmothers house and began pelting his supporters with stones.
Malemas camp responded with warning shots, and the two sides - roughly equal in
numbers - continued to exchange blows back and forth till the early hours of the morning.
Malema was seen in the frontline himself, carrying a long metal pole and surrounded by a
heavily armed entourage of men.
The ANCYL in Limpopo will hold a media briefing in Polokwane at noon, provincial secretary
Jacob Lebogo said in a statement.
He and provincial chairman Frans Moswane would outline the Limpopo ANCYLs response
to "the media-driven disciplinary processes" of the ANC national disciplinary
committee.. - The Star, Sapa
Pupils stone robber gang
Yogas Nair 27 February 2012
Sick and tired of being terrorised by a group of teenage robbers, pupils at a high school
in Umlazi took the law into their own hands when they turned on their alleged attackers
and stoned two of them to death while seriously injuring another.
On Friday at 10am four teenagers held the Zwelihle High School Grade 8 and 9 classes at
One of the pupils, who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said the
robbers demanded cash and cellphones from the pupils.
We know these guys. They bully the schoolchildren all the time and steal their money
and other valuables. They are known to attack pupils inside the school too.
The pupil said that while the one suspect pointed the gun at them, the others ransacked
their bags and stole their wallets and cellphones.
The security guard who was on duty at the gate did not see the gang enter the yard. They
had apparently gained entrance to the school property through a hole in the fence at the
back of the school.
The pupil said that as the robbers brazenly made their way out of the school gate, the
pupils decided to fight back.
They confronted the robbers and asked them if their gun was working. They started
running. This did not stop us. Everyone gave chase. We were all sick and tired of their
She said as the gang ran towards the Zamani informal settlement, pupils hurled stones at
them and continued to chase them.
Some of the pupils eventually caught them at the settlement. They started hitting
them and pelting them with stones. More than 500 children were there.
The pupil said they managed to recover the stolen cellphones.
These suspects were about 15-years-old. They did not go to school. Someone alerted
the police who arrived a few minutes later. But, by that time it was too late. Two of the
suspects had died, a third is in a serious condition and the fourth guy ran away.
She said they did not feel bad about the two youngsters dying.
We are very happy they are dead. At least now they wont worry anyone. It is
also a warning to other robbers. We are not afraid of guns. They will feel fire if they
rob us again. We are sick and tired of being terrorised by criminals and bullies in the
A teacher, who also did not want to be named, described the problem of robberies at
schools in the area as a crisis.
These criminals are terrorising pupils and teachers almost every day. They come on
to the property with guns and knives and threaten to kill us if we do not hand over our
He said teachers were of the view that the department needed to help by stepping up
security at schools and repairing broken fences.
We do not have a proper security guard at school. At Zwelihle High School an old man
just sits at the gate. He cannot do anything to stop the criminals. We are appealing to
the department to give us more funding for professional security guards.
A police source at Umlazi SAPS confirmed the incident and said no arrests had been made.
Pupils were expected to be questioned by police on Monday.
Department of Education spokesman, Mbali Thusi, confirmed the incident. - Daily News
20 students arrested in Ecape
IOL News 28 February 2012
Twenty students have been arrested after violence at the Walter Sisulu University in
Twenty students were arrested after violence at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha,
said Eastern Cape police on Tuesday.
Yesterday (Monday) by late afternoon, we arrested 20 students for public violence
and damage to property. They will appear in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court today,
said Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.
The university was closed on Tuesday. Students, who had travelled from far, were expected
to find transport back to their homes.
We will monitor the situation today (Tuesday) and see how it goes, said
About 1 000 students have protested at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus since 6am on
Monday. They blockaded roads with rubbish bins, burnt tyres and threw stones at the
police, who fired rubber bullets at them to disperse them.
Fatyela said students were demanding passes even though they had failed their tests.
Fears as Umlazi T-section erupts
Bongani Hans 27 February 2012
Parts of Umlazi remained tense yesterday, with a large police contingent deployed, after
weekend clashes between IFP and NFP supporters claimed the lives of two people and led to
30 houses and three vehicles being torched.
Nicholas Themba Ngcobo, 51, was killed as people fired gunshots randomly at Unit 17 on
Saturday evening. Cingiwe Margaret Mthethwa, 59, died of a heart attack as she watched her
neighbours house being set alight.
Yesterday, a team of detectives set about tracing members of the mob responsible for the
violence in which several people sustained injuries after they were shot at and assaulted
The conflict led to the cancellation of the soccer match between Lamontville Golden Arrows
and Black Leopards at the nearby King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday evening.
Police Colonel Jay Naicker said the trouble had started when a group of people marched
around the area, which is also known as T-section, on Friday evening, firing gunshots and
assaulting people as they marched.
Umlazi police and the Public Order Police unit responded and dispersed the group,
Naicker said the group gathered again on Saturday morning, looting houses and setting a
tuck-shop and houses alight.
The marchers were apparently protesting against the arrest of a local IFP leader accused
of assaulting a young NFP supporter earlier this month.
He had accused the woman of wearing jeans in the area, where women wearing trousers and
miniskirts are frowned upon. The area achieved notoriety a few years ago after a woman was
assaulted, paraded naked through the district and had her home burnt down for wearing
It was also alleged that the marchers were demanding that NFP members vacate the T-section
The IFP lost control of the area, which used to be its stronghold, to the ANC in last years
local government elections. This was after the IFP lost several members to the NFP.
Yesterday NFP members expressed fears for their safety. They said they had been left with
what they were wearing after the attackers burnt all their belongings.
They said visits by NFP president Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi and IFP MP Albert Mncwango on
Saturday had failed to calm the situation.
While we were holding a meeting with IFP leaders, including Mncwango, we heard that
people were toyi-toying again and had shot one of our members and burnt an NFP members
house. This happened soon after KaMagwaza-Msibi left the area, said the NFP chairman
in Unit 17, Fana Sangweni.
Local IFP leader Sandile Nzama confirmed that the trouble had started when young members
marched on Friday. He declined to say why they were marching.
While they were marching, gunshots fired from the NFP area injured two of our
members. This led to clashes, he said, adding that NFP members were welcome to live
in the area.
Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu called for an urgent meeting of NFP and
IFP leaders and the police to find a solution to the tension.
Malema supporters disrupt Zuma speech
IOL News 23 February 2012
President Jacob Zuma delivers his speech at the ANC Centenary Memorial Lecture at the Good
Hope Centre in Cape Town. Picture: Neil Baynes
Two people have been arrested following violence during President Jacob Zuma's ANC
centenary address in Cape Town on Thursday, police said.
We arrested two people. For now, it's charges of assault. The incident was put under
control as quickly as it started, national police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo
There was a commotion which was noticed by our members who were deployed there. As
they went to calm it down, they discovered that two people were injured, one of them a
According to reports, several ANCYL members were thrown out of the Good Hope Centre when
they started singing during Zuma's speech on the ANCs second president, Sefako
Makgatho. An SABC cameraman was hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest
outside the venue.
Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was the focal point of the protests,
the Cape Times reported, with a group in the crowd shouting his name and singing: Jacob
Zuma, uphi uJuju? Asphelelanga? (Where is Juju, not all of us are here).
More policemen were called in to calm the situation, but the defiant group kept jeering at
Zuma and chanting Malemas name in the presence of heavily armed guards.
ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongiles appeal for calm fell on deaf ears and the
group continued protesting throughout Zumas speech ,the Cape Times said
After his speech Zuma had words for the group.
They have shown us who they are. The ANC has come across such situations in the
past. Inevitably it has always been overcome because the ANC stands for the people ... and
the respect of the people, Zuma said.
Because of the misbehaviour that has occurred here today, I would like to apologise
on behalf of the African National Congress. We would like to apologise to those who came
to honour the memory of Sefako Makgatho.
The group was also rebuked by ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete and by ANC provincial
chairman Marius Fransman, who apologised to other guests.
Senzeni Mphila, the youth leagues Western Cape co-ordinator, denied that the
protesters were league members.
The youth league condemned their actions, he said.
As far as I know they were people who went there to attend the centenary
celebrations. I dont know anything about the youth league organising for them to be
there. The league would investigate.
ANC national spokesman Jackson Mthembu said steps would be taken against the criminals,
who had set out to disrupt Zumas speech.
We want to know who are these people who wanted to disrupt a well-organised ANC
lecture, Mthembu said.
Although they failed to do so, we will identify them and if they are ANC members
they will be brought before the disciplinary committee. - Sapa, IOL
Violent clashes erupt in KZN
Wendy Jasson da Costa (IOL News) 27 February 2012
KwaZulu-Natal police were monitoring Bonela, south of Durban, on Monday morning following
violent clashes at the weekend.
There are no problems this morning, everything is calm, KZN police spokesman
Colonel Jay Naicker said.
A mob burnt down three shacks and destroyed several others at New Dunbar in Bonela
The mob, which came from the SPCA and Matinini temporary housing camps, also
in Bonela, accused those living in New Dunbar of standing between them and proper low-cost
Members of the mob said they had been removed from New Dunbar so that the city could build
houses fro them on the sites they had vacated.
However, those spaces were then occupied by other people, who had built shacks.
Police Captain Thulani Zwane said a group went to New Dunbar to demolish shacks on
Saturday and returned on Sunday to burn down the remaining structures.
He said police would patrol the area until the dispute had been resolved.
So far there are no reports of anyone being hurt, he said.
New Dunbar resident Portia Gumede said the crowd had invaded her house and stolen her bed
before breaking down her shack on Saturday. On Sunday they returned to set it alight, she
said. We have nowhere to go.
Like her neighbours, Gumede said she had lost all her possessions in the fire.
Two women from Matinini, who were part of the mob, said they were tired of living in the
tin houses provided by the municipality as temporary housing.
They had been moved there in 2009, but no houses had yet been built. They said Matinini
had six toilets for at least 200 residents, no electricity and no running water.
A tour of the camp showed several illegal electrical connections running off street lamps
lying near pools of smelly, stagnant water.
Another Matinini resident, Nomasabatha Luponda, who lives in a one-roomed home with a
family of eight, said her children were constantly sick because of the unhygienic
conditions and lack of running water and toilets.
Ward councillor Bhekisisa Mngadi could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile police confirmed that seven men were arrested on Sunday for public violence. -
The Mercury and Sapa
COSATU Moses Kotane Local marches to municipality
Cosatu 23 February 2012
COSATU Moses Kotane Local will embark on a march to Moses Kotane Local Municipality to
hand over its memorandum of grievances to the MEC for Local Government Mr. Paul Sebegoe
today, 24th of February 2012.
COSATU is aggrieved by the stance taken by the sitting local council to deal with SAMWU
members who are not agreeing with them politically in that they have resorted to removing
them from positions they are appointed for to other positions so as to give space to their
families and pawns as pay back to those who are said to have supported them to be
It is clear that people are being victimized and segregated by the powers that be at the
said municipality for not belonging to those in power and COSATU in this local has vowed
to fight this tendency as well as to defend its members. We call for all posts to be
advertised and contested for by all as many poor youth remain unemployed whereas people
are busy securing jobs and positions for their loved ones and families.
COSATU will also be demanding the release of a detailed and inclusive SIU report on
corruption in this municipality as the one released is not detailed and is used
selectively by the sitting council of Moses Kotane to get rid and deal with those who are
not in the good books of those in power. The said report is also too silent on issues of
the now defunct Moses Kotane Development Agency, the Sisal Project in Madikwe and other
issues of corruption on which politicians are fully implicated.
COSATU will further call for the immediate appointment of a forensic investigating team to
deal with certain cases on which the municipal supply chain policies were flawed e.g.
where a certain security company was paid R99, 864.00 acting as personal bodyguards to the
Mayor for three hours during the Mayoral Inauguration. Three quotes were supposed to have
been submitted but only one was served to that effect.
The Federation is calling for the Mayor to refund close to R59 800.00 to the municipal
training and development budget as she has not attended classes arranged for her in
Bloemfontein and the said amount was paid and this has really caused the municipality as
the money is now forfeited.
COSATU in this local will not rest until all answers to this effect are found and all
implicated are brought to book.
For more information please feel free to contact the Local Secretary Comrade Madito wa ga
Molebalwa on this number 072 305 6301/078 126 4708.
33 held after houses torched
IOL News 24 February 2012
Thirty-three people have been arrested after the homes of two alleged murderers were set
alight in Ga-Selela, Limpopo.
Thirty-three people have been arrested after the homes of two alleged murderers were set
alight in Ga-Selela village, near Mecklenburg, Limpopo police said on Friday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said they were arrested on Thursday night and Friday, and
would appear in the Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.
She said the owners of the homes had been arrested earlier this week, in connection with
the murder of 92-year-old Klaas Thekoane.
They appeared in the Mecklenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday and were released on R1000
The 33 people were local residents who were unhappy with the court's decision, Otto said.
She said a third house, belonging to one of the men's relatives, was set alight on Friday
No one was injured in the fires. Sapa
Barricades block roads of death
IOl News 24 February 2012
Angry residents of Meadowlands Zone 7 on Thursday barricaded the streets where Tshegofasto
Mampe, 9, was killed when she was hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon.
The grade 4 Meadowlands Primary School pupil was the second child to be hit and killed by
a car in the past six weeks in the same area.
Last month, six-year-old Tshepang Mokoena was killed by a car only a street away.
Just after 11am on Thursday, residents took to Maseru and Lekankagata streets, burning
tyres and barricading the roads.
Police were deployed to monitor the area.
SAPS spokesman Constable Sibusiso Chauke said police would continue to monitor the
situation until the protest was over. We are trying our best to ensure that peoples
properties are not vandalised. Our visibility is high in the area.
Residents sang and danced in the streets as cops watched.
Residents said they were angry because they had pleaded for bumps to calm speeding on the
busy streets, where several other people have been injured by speeding vehicles. These
pleas had been ignored, they said.
Drivers use Lekankagata Street late in the evening to avoid the main street, Maseru.
But now we fear for our childrens lives because both streets have turned into the
dangerous streets of Zone 7, said Dipuo Ramagare.
Johannes Sejaphala, whose house is in Lekankagata Street and opposite Meadowlands Primary,
said she had witnessed many children and people die on the two roads.
Sometimes scholar patrollers have left the roads when some of the children walk
They then cross the streets by themselves, which is unsafe, Sejaphala said.
Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has sent condolences to the bereaved family of
This is not an isolated incident, as pedestrians, particularly minors, are (often)
knocked down by irresponsible drivers, said Mazibuko.
Road safety is the responsibility of pedestrians and motorists alike, she
For the department to act decisively with regard to the perpetrators, who are said to be
known in the community, the MEC has called for those with information to come forward.
Taxis, buses and cars made U-turns and had to use alternative roads during Thursdays
protest. - The Star
One injured in taxi protest
IOL News 23 February 2012
A pedestrian was critically wounded when he was shot during a protest by minibus taxi
operators in Hout Bay, Cape Town, according to a report on Thursday.
The Cape Times newspaper reported that the man, 37, was shot in the head when he caught in
the crossfire at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement on Wednesday.
He walked to the Hout Bay police station and was taken to hospital.
Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper that a 51-year-old person had been arrested
on charges of attempted murder, malicious damage to property, assault and public violence.
About 50 legal drivers from the Imizamo Yethu Sedan Taxi Association refused to operate on
Wednesday in protest against drivers operating without permits in their area.
Driver Lunga Vellem told the newspaper that the association and the city council had
agreed that no new taxi permits would be issued for the area.
If drivers wanted to operate on the route, they would have to join the association.
We won't operate until they get off the road. They are stealing our business and
they are not even permitted to carry passengers, he said.
Residents affected by the strike emptied their rubbish bins into the street while teenaged
boys walked around with hammers and whips.
The provincial transport department condemned the violence. Sapa
Huge battle to take place in Tzaneen, over wages
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 22 February 2012
The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), the biggest trade union movement in
Greater Tzaneen Municipality, is preparing for a huge battle over low wages.
The management of Greater Tzaneen Municipality has unilaterally implemented a Wage Curve
system which has impacted negatively on the salaries of employees. It was made clear to
all Municipalities that the Job Evaluation and Wage Curve Agreement which was disputed in
the Bargaining Council, is now before the Labour Court for a decision.
However, contrary to a Council resolution not to implement the agreement pending the
outcome of an appeal into the categorization of the Municipality, management has proceeded
to implement the Wage Curve system.
Due to such disregard for a Council decision, Greater Tzaneen Municipality, which is one
of the biggest municipalities in Limpopo Province, has become one of the lowest paying in
the country. This has led to low morale and anger amongst the employees in the
Municipality. But to our surprise, the top management of the Municipality is being
remunerated handsomely, at the expense of ordinary workers who are receiving peanuts. In
fact management is quick to resolve their salary disparities but they are not interested
to do the same for ordinary workers.
The workers are now demanding that the Municipality immediately stop the implementation of
the wage curve system; revert back to the previous system and benchmark, in order to
resolve the crisis of salary disparities amongst employees.
SAMWU has tried on several occasions to engage management on these matters but
unfortunately we were not successful. We are therefore left with no other option but to
prepare to fight for the rights of workers.
SAMWU is therefore going to declare a dispute with the South African Local Government
Bargaining Council and also approach the Labour Court for an urgent interdict. Marches and
lunch time pickets will also be organized, to force management to accede to workers
This would result in industrial action which will affect service delivery in the
Municipality. This is a last resort for workers. The leadership of the Municipality must
come to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
For more information contact SAMWUs Tzaneen local Chairperson, Victor Manyama, on
082 210 7064.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
Office: 011-492 2836/6
Students protest after principal is assualted
Slindile Maluleka 21 February 2012
Teaching came to a halt at a KwaXimba school on Monday after the principal was assaulted,
and then pupils left classes to stage a protest in support of the principal.
A group of men, some of whom were armed, allegedly walked into Mdepha High School, near
Cato Ridge, on Monday morning and assaulted principal Alfred Mkhize in his office,
threatening him if he did not resign.
Mkhize had been serving as head in an acting capacity for the past nine years, until late
last year when the Education Department officially named him as the principal.
It is alleged Mkhizes attackers included members of the school governing body who
want another staff member, who is also part of the school management, to become principal.
Parents and teachers also sided with Mkhize, saying he deserved the position after acting
in the post for nearly a decade.
Mkhize said of his attackers: They asked me if I did not listen to what they had
said to me previously, to leave the school and not come back because only people from the
area would be principals at the school. One of them even pulled out a gun at me. I have
not done anything wrong. I just want to do my job.
He said it was not the first time he had been confronted by the men. At a recent parents
meeting they demanded he hand over the school cheque book and not to return to the school
the next day.
I reported the intimidation to the police and the Education Department, Mkhize
Provincial police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of assault and malicious
damage to property had been opened at the Umsunduzi police station. Police are
investigating and no arrests have been made.
KwaZulu-Natal education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa, condemned the incident. Theres
going to be a parents and department meeting at the school today to try to get the
situation back to normal. - Daily News
Protest against Umbilo police
Umbilo Action Group 21 February 2012
Join the call for the Umbilo SAPS to be put under interim management & investigation
of all senior officers by SAPS National
Memorandum & Petition to be presented to police Minister
Date: 25 February
Time: 10am - 1pm
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For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0727369487
Bus strike puts children in danger
Mogomotsi Magome 21 February 2012
The current inefficiency of the Tshwane bus service is not only inconveniencing residents
and commuters, but is apparently also endangering the lives of pupils who are now forced
to walk to school.
This was the concern forwarded by parents to the Tshwane Metro Council as it struggles to
provide an effective and efficient bus service for residents.
The citys bus service has been marred by illegal strikes by bus drivers and
allegations of widespread corruption, which resulted in the suspension of six managers two
But the Centre for Child Law has now taken up the matter of school children in the
Doornpoort area who apparently have to travel more than 30km daily to get to and from
The pupils are understood to be walking about 9km from Doornpoort to Zambezi Drive in the
north of the city just to catch a taxi to East Lynne, from where they have to walk a
further 5-9km to their respective schools.
The service was cut off since June last year and they are hoping to have it restored as
soon as possible.
The concerned pupils are those studying at English-medium schools including Northridge
Primary School, CR Swart High School, Clapham High School and Rietfontein Noord Primary
This has raised concerns about the learners safety as the road they walk to catch
taxis along Zambezi Drive is quite isolated, posing a danger to the pupils.
One of the concerned parents, Cain Mpofu, has written several letters to the municipality
and the Department of Basic Education, and was relieved this week when he finally managed
to get a meeting date with an official from the department.
Municipal spokesman Pieter de Necker, said they were looking into the bus service issue as
it was affecting thousands of residents who depend on the service for their daily
De Necker said the issue of buses was discussed at a mayoral committee meeting last week
and a way forward would be communicated to residents this week.
We have been receiving correspondence from various organisations and stakeholders
who are being affected by this.
We are working on the matter and the executive mayor and city manager have been
paying attention to this, as we have seen also with the suspension of the six managers and
the investigation into the these matters, said De Necker.
Violent pupils turn against principal
Bongani Hans 21 February 2012
Pupils of Khulangolwazi Special School in Montclair, Durban, shocked their teachers on
Monday when they vandalised the school in an attempt to oust their principal.
They used stones and chairs to break windows and trashed offices, including that of
principal Sbongile Banda.
A group of parents at the school, which accommodates grade one to nine pupils who are
considered slow learners, said the pupils had come to school armed with sticks and pangas.
Disruptions at the school started on Friday, when lessons were cancelled. They were again
cancelled on Monday and Banda left the school before the violence broke out.
Pupils said that they wanted Banda to leave.
We destroyed all windows and doors in the offices. We also destroyed the computers.
They are going to suffer cold weather in winter, and we are not because we did not destroy
our classrooms, said a 10-year-old Grade 3 pupil.
Teachers refused to be interviewed, only saying that they were shocked by the pupils
The pupils said they wanted Banda out of the school because she had kept them in school
until 2pm on Fridays, while they wanted to be released at noon.
They also alleged that school buses collected them late from the school and that Banda had
stopped their favourite Zulu teacher from teaching them.
Banda was not available when The Mercury visited the school on Monday, and deputy
principal Mduduzi Sokhela declined to comment.
Police Captain Thulani Zwane said that a case of public violence had been opened, but that
no one had been arrested.
Education Department spokesman Muntu Lukhozi condemned the destruction of school property.
He said the department was investigating all issues which led to the
vandalism. - The Mercury
Police arrest over 350 for Rustenburg violence
Mail & Guardian19 February 2012
Between 350 and 400 people have been arrested in connection with an illegal mineworkers'
strike which turned violent in Rustenburg this week, police said on Sunday.
Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said they had been charged with malicious damage to property,
theft, illegal gatherings, public violence, and possession of stolen goods.
Local businesses belonging to foreigners in Freedom Park were looted on Thursday and
Friday, with around 38 shops affected, said Ngubane.
He denied that the attacks were xenophobic, and said the violence had been targeted at
businesses, rather than the foreigners who have a monopoly on shops in the area.
Up to 100 people, mainly Somali and Ethiopian, had been displaced as a result of the
violence, and were staying with friends in a neighbouring township, he said.
The township was quiet over the weekend as miners went home, but Monday could see a
resumption of violence, said Ngubane.
"The people responsible must put an end to this. That is all we are asking for,"
On Saturday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) urged strikers to return to work.
"The NUM is committed to a peaceful resolution at [Impala Platinum] Implats and
appeals to all its members and workers in general to return to the operations next week
when their issues are being addressed," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.
The protests began in Phokeng on Thursday, with mineworkers apparently intimidating and
assaulting people trying to get to and from work in the township outside Rustenburg.
They barricaded roads heading towards Freedom Park and threw stones at cars and looted
shops. The crowd also torched a satellite police station in Freedom park.
Seshoka said the union met with Implats management on Friday night in an attempt to
resolve the impasse in Rustenburg.
Implats has already agreed to re-employ 17 200 workers who were dismissed for striking
The NUM and Implats have yet to discuss the disparities in the bonuses given to miners,
excluding the rockdrill operators, and issues of re-instatement.
The union said that if Implats failed to meet its commitments when all workers returned to
work, it would call a general strike at the company's operations.
The NUM appealed to its members to disregard advice from anti-revolutionary forces in and
around Rustenburg, Seshoka said.
"The NUM strongly condemns the violent behaviour demonstrated by criminal elements
taking advantage of the volatile situation and appeals for calm as well as to the law
enforcement agencies to make decisive intervention whenever violence raises its ugly
head," he said. -- Sapa
Protests at funeral of teen killed by cop
Candice Bailey 20 February 2012
A large crowd of young people who gathered in the streets of Bramfischerville Phase 2
overshadowed the funeral of slain Soweto teenager Thato Mokoka.
The 16-year-old was allegedly shot dead by a student policeman on Tuesday after being
accused of owning a gun and terrorising schoolchildren in the area with a gang of boys
known as the BWA.
The 41-year-old policeman a sector patrolling officer in Dobsonville had
gone with a colleague to Thatos shack, where the BWA allegedly gathered.
They planned to arrest Thato. But during the arrest, the student cop shot him several
times with a semi-automatic R5 rifle, said to have been on its automatic setting at the
On Sunday, Thatos funeral service was held in a tent outside the familys home
just metres away from where he was shot three times.
Thatos grandmother Sybil, mother Beverley and aunt Mpumi sat within reach of the
coffin, which was adorned with flowers and a photo of Thato.
They looked on, forlorn with grief, as the choir from the Batlhorisa Apostolic Church led
the mourners in song.
Beverley told The Star she felt healed by the choirs songs.
As inconsolable pupils and relatives gathered around Thatos coffin, others gathered
in the road shouting, whistling and blocking motorists by dancing in front of
vehicles or jumping on top of them.
On Saturday night the teenagers burnt debris on both sides of the road running past Thatos
home, protesting against police officers driving through the area.
On Sunday they held posters saying Dont trust a police, Time to
say goodbye to Thato and Police must protect us not shoot us.
Later, mourners were forced to walk to the graveyard because bus companies contracted to
transport them stopped their drivers from going into the area because of the tension.
Community spokesman Skhumbuzo Njikelane said:
They (youths) are not distracting from the funeral. They are listening to us. They
are not here to fight. They just want to say farewell to their comrade. We dont need
violence from police or the crowd.
Victoria Wynn, who saw Thato grow up, said the youngsters were angry at the way police
handled Thatos arrest.
They just dont want the police to come here. As long as they stay away, these
kids will be fine. Everybody loved Thato.
The student constable responsible for the shooting has been arrested and was due to appear
in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court today.
* A Bangladeshi businessman who owns a shop in Bramfischerville Phase 2 alleged that
pupils at Thatos funeral vandalised his shop after the service.
Mohammed Ayubs shop was broken into and looted.
- The St