As the nation we need to take stock on how far we have fared in establishing labour harmony in our country. The trade union movement under the dispensation of our democracy are free to engage and the right to strike and associate is protected and enshrined in the Constitution.
The scenes that have now characterised the labour disputes such as the events that took place in recent weeks in Tshwane by Samwu members must be condemned with the contempt they deserve.
Their right to strike must not infringe on other people’s right of their daily chores and movement.
The scenes that led to the fateful day on the massacre on the August 16, 2012, were characterised by violence which led to the death of 10 people among them police and security guards.