John Moodey MPL
DA Leader in Gauteng
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng condemns the continued violence linked to the road freight strike in Ekurhuleni today. This morning, a number of incidents have been reported, including the burning of trucks, the throwing of petrol bombs and protestors blocking roads. Police have apparently been forced to call for back up in Kempton Park as the situation continues to deteriorate.
The on-going violence linked to the Satawu strike is not acceptable and members need to be held accountable for their actions. The DA calls on the MEC of Safety and Security in Gauteng to take swift action before further damage is done. The safety of non-striking workers and the community at large is being placed at risk and police need to ensure their protection.
The DA has proposed a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to hold unions accountable for the misconduct of their members during strikes. The bill, approved by the Committee for Private Members’ Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions and currently with the Labour Committee for consideration, would go a long way to preventing such incidents in the future.
The DA recognises the democratic right to strike; however, this cannot be conducted in the current violent and destructive manner displayed by Satawu members.