Thursday, August 27, 2009

League calls for solidarity with soldiers

CAPE TOWN - Soldiers should not only have the right to strike, but should be allowed to elect their senior officers, the Workers International Vanguard League said on Thursday. WTF?


League secretary Shaheed Mahomed said the organisation condemned the “brutal suppression” of Wednesday’s protest by soldiers at the Union Buildings. Soldiers should have the full right to protest as well as the right to strike.

“It is a disgrace that rank and file soldiers earn such low wages while the officer corps and generals earn huge pay packets, sitting in their comfy armchairs while sending soldiers into life-threatening situations.

“We fully support the right of soldiers to elect their leaders in the army and that their leaders should be subject to instant recall.”

South Africa needed to draw a lesson from Madagascar, where the soldiers united en masse with the working class, disobeying their generals’ order to shoot on worker protests.



A soldier lies unconscious after protesting soldiers stampeded their way out of the lawn area in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Wednesday, 26 August 2009 when police opened fire on them with rubber bullets. On Wednesday morning the High Court in Pretoria declared a planned march by the soldiers to the Union Buildings illegal.The court dismissed an application by the SA National Defence Union to force the army to release its soldiers to take part in the protest march, said ministry of defence and military veterans spokesman, Ndivhuwo Mabaya. Picture: SAPA stringer

10 Opinion(s):

Pensioner said...

Shaheed Mohamed, should direct his stupid comments towards his brothers in the Middle East. No soldier should be allowed tostrike anywhere in the world, asshole.

Anonymous said...

Remember the days when the Union Buildings had no fence around them?

Loggi said...

I did not realize the union buildings now had a fence.
In my student days, that was the place to take your date at 3 in the morning.

Anonymous said...

WTF, do I really have to take them serious! We will not fight or defend the country because we want a 30% increase in salary then only will we fight! Since when do soldiers have a union, for what reason? Monkey says monkey do - enough said!

Loggi said...

They may be employed by the SANDF. They may wear a uniform, but soldiers, they are NOT.

Exzanian said...

“It is a disgrace that rank and file soldiers earn such low wages while the officer corps and generals earn huge pay packets, sitting in their comfy armchairs while sending soldiers into life-threatening situations".
What life threatening situations???? The filthy, ignorant, AIDS riddled shitskin gets a free uniform, free accomodation, free medical, free food and still wants to complain? Laat ek jou vertel kaffir, ek het twee en 'n half jaar van my lewe gegee vir omtrent fokkol! Vir sak geld! Jou ondankbare fokken rower!

Anonymous said...

Yep, life threatening situations. The have not left their base in Millit and Kutum in 2 years. Sleep , eat and watch soccer while they are earning those per diem dollars donated by the uninformed western taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

TKB.

Useless fucks...

But they ARE useless fucks with guns and that makes them dangerous useless fucks.

Doberman said...

@ anon 4:46, yep, what do you call a K4 with a gun? Sir.

Anonymous said...

"What do you call a K4 with a gun?"

A man going to do the weekly shopping!

How the fuck do they then elect thier leaders? They get to vote for who gets to be general? Fuck Malema could be the next general!