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article imageViolent South African labour strikes 2012 - 2013

By Matthew Hendricks     Mar 27, 2013 in World
Violent strikes have become a lifestyle in South Africa. Although it's normal in a democratic society to find protests, the magnitude of the violence and deaths during strikes is a huge problem.
From August to September 2012, a mineworker strike started in Rustenburg's platinum belt, and soon spread.
After protesters had chopped dead two policemen, on 16 August police opened fire on protesters at the Lonmin mine, Marikana. 34 protestors were killed and 78 injured.
The strike ended on 20 September. The total loss for the entire mineworker strike was R10,1 billion rands and 45 human deaths.
In October 2012, more than 20,000 truck drivers took a violent strike to the streets. Trucks were set on fire and truck drivers who didn't want to take part in the strike, were violently assaulted.
After three weeks, a three year agreement were made according to which truck drivers will get a raise of 10 per cent in the first year, 8 per cent in the second year and 9 per cent in the third year.
Employers lost R1,2 Billion per week. Two people died as a result of the strike.
From August to January, the Western Cape farmworker strike started in De Doorns and soon spread. The demand was to more than double their pay; from between R69 and R75 per day to R150. Accommodations, services and land reform were also the subjects of the strike.
Property of millions was destroyed during the strike. Three people were killed. The losses are to the tune of R300 million. The minister of labour announced a R105 daily wage compromise.
The result of the settlement agreements and even more demands are likely to lead to large scale job losses. Trade union federation Cosatu have threatened farmers that if they dare to get rid of labourers or mechanize farms as a result of the new, more expensive labour, they will lose their farms.
Another important aspect of the strikes is that although some workers may be willingly participating in the strikes and actually requiring better working conditions, the violent strikes are mostly planned and instigated by the ruling ANC, in the past called out as a terrorist organisation, who are seizing the opportunities to advance their National Democratic Revolution.
Public protests against the ANC government for better (or any) basic service delivery have also increased drastically. In 2004, there were ten cases of protests (in 2006, only 2). In 2012, this number is 173.
Lack of public service delivery is a direct result of the ANC's Soviet Communist-terrorist practise of deploying their own cadres in the public administration, instead of giving the positions to people who actually have qualifications for the job.
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