DA, Cosatu violence not the answer: iLIVE
The Democratic Alliance's march was marred by violence during a standoff with Cosatu. Readers give their opinions on the matter.
Looking at the events which took place yesterday with the DA march, certain facts have to be expressed in contradiction to the statements of Cosatu’s Vavi, Dlamini and Craven etc.
Firstly it is a known fact that Cosatu and Numsa’s members are violent, confrontational, destroy property and behave like hooligans when they go on a march.
Secondly they also have a history of unaccountability. They have not, do not, and will not ever admit that they were wrong. Take the important fact that they, with premeditation and intent, went out on to the streets to confront, disrupt and stop the DA march.
They further state that they have a right to defend their own views. Certainly, but not by attempted murder (which I feel is the case if someone threw a brick at my head).
Another fact is that Cosatu and Numsa have never said, and never shall say that they condemn the violence and bad behaviour of their members.
The sooner legislation is passed to hold the union responsible for all violence, destruction of property etc whilst engaged with street protest, some of these activities would be curtailed. - Christopher Styles, via email
Any violence resulting in injury to people or damage to property is regrettable. However, the DA was completely wrong with this march.
Political formations cannot physically march onto another political formation offices. This elevates political discourse to a physical act against your political opponent.
We last saw this in the old regime when the IFP marched on the ANC headquarters at Shell House. It was extremely reckless and negligent political leadership by the DA and our local media if they are indeed fair and even handed should be taking the DA to task for this. They endangered the lives of South Africans.
There are democratic platforms created specifically to engage and challenge your political opponents. We don’t take political disagreements to the streets. - Hlubi Madikiza, via email
Had Cosatu not reacted the way they did, the DA march would not have warranted more than a 10 second mention on the 6 o’clock news. Brilliant strategy on the part of the DA – they knew how to provoke Cosatu in reacting the way they did, and gain the media exposure that they have. - Jacqui du Plooy, via email