Police arrest 26 over strike-related crimes

Police arrest 26 over strike-related crimes

2014-07-04 17:00

Johannesburg - Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said on Friday that 26 people had been arrested in Gauteng for intimidation, public violence and malicious damage to property as police monitored the metals and engineering strike.

He said the 26 had been arrested in connection with crimes committed over the past three days.

Of these, 19 people were arrested in Elandsfontein on the East Rand after protesters, believed to be strikers in the metals and engineering industries, broke the gate of a business.

Breaking windows

When police arrived, the crowd stoned their vehicles. Police used rubber bullets to disperse them.

In a separate incident in Benoni on Thursday, around 2 000 striking workers forced their way into a company and damaged equipment and computers. The damage was estimated at several million rand.

In Wadeville, also on the East Rand, nine people were arrested for allegedly breaking windows at business premises.

"Although it is a protected strike and employees are allowed to picket, acts of violence will not be tolerated and police are ready to take action," Dlamini said.

Wage increase

Majority union in the metals and engineering industries, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) embarked on an indefinite strike on Tuesday. Several smaller unions have joined the strike.

Numsa is demanding a one-year bargaining agreement, including a 15% wage increase, a R1 000 housing allowance and the scrapping of labour brokers.

The biggest employers' organisation, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) on Thursday tabled a three-year wage offer of between eight and 10 percent for different levels of workers in the first year.

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 17:34

    ARREST THE UNION LEADERS. THEN ARREST ALL THE EFF LEADERS. Then the country will start becoming the country we all loved. You guys do know that MALEMA is behind all of this? He is actually using his very small but very motivated terrorist members to infiltrate the unions and cause the violence. You only need one person to start throwing rocks, then everyone starts. So, basically, ARREST MALEMA. Throw away the KEY!!!! Let NO ONE speak to this SNAKE!!!

      Canon Mathibedi - 2014-07-06 10:01

      You real sick man

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 17:38

    If I am in charge of a criminal group, and this group kills/hurts people and destroys property, I AM RESPONSIBLE!!! So that means MALEMA and all this UNION LEADERS are responsible for their members actions. If they don't want to be responsible, they are supposed to expel the members causing the violence. So, if I hire a hitman to kill someone, OF COURSE I WILL ALSO GO TO JAIL. If I hire or ask (don't have to hire) someone to hurt someone else, then, according to law I also will go to jail. So why is this UNIONS/MALEMA allowed to do all of this to our (ALL OUR) country>????????

      kmw13047 - 2014-07-04 17:43

      I need your services, for me.....

  • Net Iemand - 2014-07-04 18:01

    Also, NEWS24, this is nonsense. There was NO ARRESTS. When you look in the Benoni Newspapers, you would see pictures of the police standing around DOING NOTHING!!! The business owners complained that the police actually laughed while the strikers broke down their gates!!!! So, basically, the police don't care and actually enjoys seeing the strikers doing what they are doing!!!

  • Serge Kosangana Eza Kindoki - 2014-07-04 18:31

    beautyful country bt kuku brains peoples x shame

  • Ian Harrison - 2014-07-05 07:20

    Isn't there something wrong with Democracy in our country when a handful of "workers" can act against the interests of the remaining 48 million inhabitants? (Economic effects of strikes). Strikes have to be more tightly controlled and unions made responsible for the actions of their members.

  • Sibongiseni Mbatha - 2014-07-07 10:50

    it jst dat,if u dnt understand d fact dat,black employees in private sector,in particula ar permanently economical poor!! so SEIFSA mst stop teling numsa abt d economy being brought down !

  • Sibongiseni Mbatha - 2014-07-07 11:00

    Ppl mst stop being rats,more especial those whom w regard as our siblings 4rm neghour countries!!dat z why comrades ar invading d bussines premises by force,!!

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