Sizwe Mchunu, MPP
Leader of the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal
ON TUESDAY approximately 80 COSATU KZN members picketed outside the Democratic Alliance provincial office in KwaZulu-Natal.
At no time did DA management attempt to stop this protest. Yet at exactly the same time our colleagues were facing a barrage of violence and intimidation, as COSATU henchmen tried to prevent them from a planned peaceful march to the union’s Johannesburg headquarters. While the DA in this province respected the constitutional right of COSATU to protest, the same level of respect was not afforded our colleagues in Johannesburg.
The Youth Wage Subsidy has the potential to create more than 400 000 jobs for young unemployed South Africans. It is a subsidy supported government, business and FEDUSA – South Africa’s second largest union Federation. It is a subsidy that the DA has been trying to have implemented for ten years. Yet COSATU continue to put the brakes on.
The DA in KwaZulu-Natal condemns the conduct of COSATU members in Johannesburg in the strongest possible terms. In a democratic society individuals have the right to protest – COSATU’s actions earlier this week are a direct infringement of that right.