Tuesday, 15 May 2012

DA COSATU clash

COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) members waited for a march to their head office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to deliver a memorandum to urge the trade-unions to support a youth wage subsidy. They blocked the route to the office, resulting in a tense stand off which eventually broke into violence when certain members of COSATU hurled bricks into the DA crowd. I was surprised to see quite a few of the bricks being flung back at COSATU. Things got out of control quite quickly after that.
The "stand off" as both groups are seperated by meters, a few cops and some journalists.
 A lone cop tries unsuccesfully to contain the COSATU crowd.
 DA Leader Helen Zille addresses the crowds in the face of  the singing and chanting COSATU members.
A DA Supporter lies in the street after being hit in the face with a rock during the DA march to deliver a memorandum erupted into violence.