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Cosatu threatens to invade Cape stadium

2011-04-25 16:40

Cape Town - Cosatu in the Western Cape has threatened to invade premises around Cape Town stadium for its May Day rally, the SABC reported on Monday.

According to the SABC report Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the City of Cape Town is quoting the union an additional R1m to the R800 000 hiring agreed to earlier this month.

Ehrenreich said Cosatu viewed the move as an attempt by the City to deny poor families an opportunity to visit the World Cup stadium.

He said a meeting was scheduled for Tuesday for a decision on whether to move the rally to Athlone stadium.

Comments
  • bobzzz - 2011-04-25 16:58

    who cares, nobody uses it anyway

  • devils_advo - 2011-04-25 16:58

    Dumb idiots. "I don't get it my way so I will break it"

  • Jakob - 2011-04-25 17:03

    y? is there oil?

  • GT - 2011-04-25 17:03

    Well the Cosatu affiliate unions have a history of destruction each time they visit the city. Maybe Mayor Tony should put down his own credit card as a breakage deposit.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-04-25 17:04

    Well done, let them pay for using what the tax payers paid for.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-26 18:02

      Ehrenreich forgets that the City of Cape Town needs to balance it's books, especially since the ANC and Blatter foisted the stadium onto the people of Cape Town. And what does he think.....that the security, cleansing and everything else that is involved is a freebie!!!!? Who is the one that is politicking?

  • Dave Benoni - 2011-04-25 17:08

    As an alternative, ask COSATU to pay the normal fee of R800 000, then post a bond of R1 000 000 as surety against damage by vandals. WE HAVE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF UNIONIST BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC PLACES. Refer to SAMWU's annual rampage on wage negotiaions. Better still get Ehrereich to give an undertaking that he will PERSONALLY pick up the tab for his mates unruly behaviour. COME ON TONY,PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!

      pensioner - 2011-04-26 09:39

      @ Dave Benoni-I do not see why the ANC should get any preferential price for the stadium that was built with mostly white taxpayers money. If they want to use the stadium then why can't some of their rich supporters, who have profited from BEE transactions, pay up and put their money where their mouth is. No, they would rather spend it on lavish weddings or eating sushi off the bodies of semi-naked women.

  • Aggrey - 2011-04-25 17:13

    Easy solution. Investigate who came forward with the recommendation to increase the rate and question him or her the motive behind the increase. Punish the culprit with 12 month community labor in Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Cape Flats and Langa Townships. Three Months in each Township.

  • CharVal@24.com - 2011-04-25 17:16

    I would like to use your premises for a gathering. How many people? 10,000, OK, so many rands! Now it's going to be 100,000 people, where do you get off?

  • RobertKay - 2011-04-25 17:17

    What is the man up to now? "Ehrenreich said Cosatu viewed the move as an attempt by the City to deny poor families an opportunity to visit the World Cup stadium." What has the poor community in common with the workers, whose day it is supposed to be? This man who wants to become mayor of Cape Town has yet to come up with any positive statement about what he plans to do if he ever gets elected. All he has done so far is criticise and tell untruths to try and lure the unsuspecting voters to vote for him and his cohorts! Get a life Tony, and really look after your members instead of spreading stories.

  • patrice - 2011-04-25 17:21

    Cosatu owes it to the poor people to give them a chance to visit the stadium, so they must simply cough up. All the poor people that I know have visiting the stadium high up on their list of priorities.

  • Falkirk - 2011-04-25 17:22

    threaten? wtf

  • scud - 2011-04-25 17:25

    These guys are so brainless-they defy any logic.

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-25 17:29

    Bring it on, Tony. That should boost your chances of becoming Mayor. Now, where's my shotgun?

  • POLLENYS - 2011-04-25 17:29

    Hmmm. R1 million deposit for broken or burnt chairs etc. sounds reasonable to me.

  • Aitsa - 2011-04-25 17:30

    Make a sentence with the words: "clutching" and "straws"... I'm no DA supporter, Tony, but it seems the year old toilet saga and the bicycle lane outrage isn't quite registering in the pre-vote polls? In fact, I might actually vote for the Progs for the first time post-94 and it'll make me feel a little dirty, but hell! Am I ever happy I'm not dealing with an ANC city council anymore! Much as I love Jozi, I don't want its local government...

  • michael g - 2011-04-25 17:31

    maybe if if they didnt steal the seats or burn something down, then it would be ok for them to pay the usual 800k. Its called a risk premium

  • grant9 - 2011-04-25 17:35

    The story is ver lacking in detail : why did the council increase the charge? If Casatu did have an agreement to pay R800 000 then surely they can hold the council to it. However, I take anything the ANC and their affiliates say with a pinch of salt or most often believe opposite is true.

  • chgrbad - 2011-04-25 17:36

    I only have one question. Why does a union spend this kind of money on a rally, if there is people starving and without a proper house. Die Baron

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-04-25 17:36

    Cosatu members have an unfortunate reputation for causing a lot of damage when they strike. As far as I an aware they have never compensated anyone for the damage caused (they claim that it cannot be proved it was Cosatu members). Will their behaviour be any different at their May Day rally?

  • Richard87 - 2011-04-25 17:45

    We don't want parties crippling our local economy, like they do everytime they get given free rallies at other municipal stadiums. If you want to use it pay for it.

  • Wollie - 2011-04-25 17:48

    How is this possible? How and who at the city just escalate a quatation?

  • Airwolf - 2011-04-25 17:51

    Chickens coming home to roost on the costs of building these stadiums?

  • william.botha - 2011-04-25 17:52

    Lock them up if they do.

  • kidblack - 2011-04-25 18:02

    I wonder what the real story is.

      AJ - 2011-04-26 09:26

      It's costs associated with road closures, police have to be assigned, traffic management etc etc. It has nothing to do with the cost to hire the stadium. They were already given a discounted rate for that..

  • Fred - 2011-04-25 18:10

    This is standard for this bunch of thugs. Leave this country to them and they will destroy everything including their own jobs. Naturally this does not concern the COSATU heirarchy, they will get paid anyway. I'm quite sure the majority of the costs for their "party" will be for law-enforcement and the subsequent cleaning up after they have trashed everything in sight.

  • wombatingloves - 2011-04-25 18:21

    Famous last words of the self entitled ... I DEMAND!!!

  • clark - 2011-04-25 18:28

    - It was your Anc party Ehrenreich,that ballooned the cost of this White Elephant. We, the ratepayers are footing the bill for this over-indulgence. Ask your masters to pay up the shortfall. Don't you go trashing our stadium

  • wombatingloves - 2011-04-25 21:52

    Famous last words of the self entitled ... I DEMAND!!!

  • mikejd - 2011-04-26 08:44

    That's right - if you cant get your own way just take the law into your own hands - you will have the support of the ANC I'm sure.Why dont you simply bribe someone to give you the stadium - it has worked very well in the past.

  • mikejd - 2011-04-26 09:00

    That's right, just take the law into your hands - the ANC will support you all the way. Rather simply bribe someone to solve your problem.

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-04-26 09:33

    This so ironic. This Cape Town World Cup Stadium was a dodgy deal under the ANC run city leaving the DA with an overly expensive white elephant to carry. Now the ANC partner COSATU wants to use the stadium, but at a discount. Go ask Gwede for some money. I'm sure between the donations from tenderpreneurs, Chancellor House Investments and the Progressive Business Forum they can come up with the cash. Maybe Julius will have to live without caviar for a while.

  • lizards - 2011-04-26 09:47

    Threats and more threats from our "TONY". How many jobs has he sacrificed on the alter of Union power here in the West Cape espcially in the clothing industry? Let these people join him at the stadium after he pays for their transport.

  • captainm - 2011-04-26 09:48

    Why should the City of Cape Town give Cosatu anything for free? If I hired it for a rock concert I would have to pay full price! Can't sing anyway so you are safe! Ha! Ha!

  • TmanTT - 2011-04-26 10:27

    Zille thinks she own Cape town. This is very stupid from DA.

      LBS - 2011-04-26 11:22

      @TmanTT - 41 minutes ago Zille thinks she own Cape town. This is very stupid from DA. ------------------- NO, NOT AT ALL!! The DA MANAGE the city on behalf of the ratepayers and are therefore accountable and responsible to them to ensure public property is protected and or maintained. If anyone wants to use these facilities they must pay the going rate! The DA is doing the right thing. What I find shocking is that this man is running as mayoral candidate, but has no apparent integrity and suggests breaking the law as the way to get his own way! Does CT really want this type of hooligan as a potential leader. Good thing that he has shown his true ANC colours ahead of the elections!! Go DA!!

      LBS - 2011-04-26 11:30

      @TmanTT - 41 minutes ago Zille thinks she own Cape town. This is very stupid from DA. ------------------- NO, NOT AT ALL!! The DA MANAGE the city on behalf of the ratepayers and are therefore accountable and responsible to them to ensure public property is protected and or maintained. If anyone wants to use these facilities they must pay the going rate! The DA is doing the right thing. What I find shocking is that this man is running as mayoral candidate, but has no apparent integrity and suggests breaking the law as the way to get his own way! Does CT really want this type of hooligan as a potential leader. Good thing that he has shown his true ANC colours ahead of the elections!! Go DA!!

      Maddy-CT - 2011-04-26 12:17

      @ TmanTT. The thing is Cosatu is closely affilliated to the ANC, and Tony Ehrenreich is the Cape Town mayoral candidate for the ANC. I think the CT City Council would most probably have been willing to offset the cost of the stadium if it were genuinely to be used for a May Day celebration for the workers. However, this close to the election the chances are 100% that the rally will be used as an election campaign for the ANC, and the ratepayers of Cape Town cannot be expected to pay for that. Also, Ehrenreich is continually running unjustified smear campaigns against the DA run administration, and now he expects them to support him? Would an ANC run administration do the same for the DA? I think not.

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-04-26 13:38

    I'd love them to "invade". Then they could be had on charges of trespass, and inciting to do do. Further still, if they do their usual damage, inciting a riot could be tacked onto that.

  • @gfm - 2011-04-26 13:45

    when ajax ct cried foul earlier where was the champion of the poor bra tony?cos he`s on the receiving end he calls it denying tne poor a chance to visit the stadium.tony my broer, pls say after me, its not for the workers but anc rally n to hell wit the poor.since when do u care abt de poor but ur greedy political ambitions?

  • DeonL - 2011-04-26 14:58

    Rather go back to your roots in Athlone. We don't want to have to fix the stadium.

  • BigD - 2011-04-26 19:21

    Cosatu needs thier wings clipped. We need a Maggie Thatcher in SA politics to take the unruly unions on. Once they know their place then the country can grow again. Cosatu does more damage to the economy than any good.

  • JustinX - 2011-04-27 09:07

    Maybe it is because you will trash the place as usual and the taxpayers have to pay for your violent actions?

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