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PosOnderwerp: Transnet: Derailment was sabotage   Wed May 12, 2010 6:07 pm

2010-05-12 15:26

Johannesburg – About 10 000 litres of diesel spilled when a freight train derailed in a suspected sabotage by striking Transnet workers on Wednesday, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) said.

"Two locomotives and five wagons were affected resulting in the closure of the Natal main line to allow clearing up operations," the regulator said in a statement.

"Preliminary indications suggest that there was tempering with the track, resulting in the spillage of approximately 10 000 litres of diesel."

The derailment happened at 03.30 at Burlington near Mount Vernon in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The operator, being Transnet Freight Rail, is investigating the incident and will present their complete report to the RSR as required by law," said the regulator.

Callous act of sabotage

Transnet spokesperson John Dludlu said the circumstances "indicated a callous act of sabotage that required specialist rail knowledge and equipment".

"Approximately 100m of rail track was sabotaged... suggesting very strongly that the perpetrators had intimate knowledge of the infrastructure."

Nobody was injured in the incident.

"Consequently, both lines have had to be closed until midnight today (Wednesday). Our teams have been deployed to assess the environmental impact and inspect the rest of the line."

He said Transnet was "shocked and dismayed" that the saboteurs risked the lives of others "to make a point".

Desist from acts of violence

He urged striking unions to control their members and desist from acts of violence.

The United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) on Wednesday joined the SA Trade and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) whose members had been striking since Monday.

Both unions rejected a Transnet wage increase of 11%, demanding 15%.

Utata general secretary Chris De Vos said on Wednesday: "The last time we spoke to Transnet was yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon when they told us to call them when we want to sign. We replied they must call us when they can improve the offer."

Transnet employs nearly 54 000 people and Satawu represents 39% and Utatu 45% of these workers.
About 15% of workers were not striking.

Court interdict

Transnet obtained a court interdict on Tuesday to prevent striking workers from "unlawfully interfering with business or activities of Transnet".

Thirteen people were arrested for public violence and intimidation during the Satawu workers' strike in Durban on Monday.

The Democratic Alliance expressed concern about the Transnet strike on Wednesday, saying the 11% offer was almost double the current inflation rate.

"These two unions (are) attempting to use the World Cup as leverage to achieve what are, objectively, not reasonable wage increase expectations," the DA said in a statement.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: Transnet: Derailment was sabotage   Wed May 12, 2010 6:09 pm

Unies mag maar infrastruktuur tot niet maak dan is dit aanvaarbaar maar laat Boer nou aan die goed raak is dit terorisme en lands verraad.

Hou hulle barbaarse maniere maar dop, dis vernietiging en dan moet ons die belasting betaler weer betaal vir herstel wat elk geval nie gebeur nie en vir die verhoogings ook nog daarby.
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PosOnderwerp: No terrorism threat to SWC - Cele   Thu May 13, 2010 11:51 am

2010-05-13 11:07

Durban - South African police do not know of any terror threats to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, police commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

“There is no threat that we have discovered. We are ready to protect our visitors,” he said.

Cele was addressing journalists at King Shaka International Airport during an event to display police capabilities ahead of the World Cup in June.

He said reported terrorism threats believed to have been made by a group in North Africa had been properly investigated and dealt with.

“The threat was pursued to check whether it was valid. We have found the end of it and there is no need to worry,” said Cele.

He said it had been reported that a group said it would be pleased to see the bombing of the stadium where the US team was playing during the World Cup.

He said they would keep a vigilant eye on eight countries regarded as high risk. These included the United States and United Kingdom.

Simulation exercises

Several police units displayed how they would handle life-threatening situations such as plane hijackings and hostages during the World Cup.

The simulation showed how the police would deal with airborne and landborne threats. During the simulation, a hijacked plane was forced to touch down by a police helicopter.

Various police units such as the bomb disposal unit and search and rescue units, and snipers and hostage negotiators were on the scene.

The exercise, held at the airport's cargo section, was attended by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and community liaison MEC Willies Mchunu.

Another exercise would be held at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu later on Thursday.
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PosOnderwerp: Sabotage, threats against WC2010 in SA rail strike   Thu May 13, 2010 5:01 pm

How’s that again? The state-alligned “United Transport and Allied Trade Union” – a member of South Africa’s co-ruling COSATU trade union movement -- is striking against its own state-owned Transnet railway group and its own state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of SA… so why can’t all these publicly-funded officials just sit down around a table and talk about all this? Why does everything have to be settled with violence in South Africa?

May 13 2010 - A TRAIN transporting petrol and diesel from Durban to Johannesburg was derailed yesterday in an apparent act of sabotage by striking Transnet workers. reports Alistair Anderson.

Chris de Vos, general secretary of the government-allied “United Transport and Allied Trade Union” (Utatu), one of the unions involved in the strike, said he was concerned that the train had been damaged by workers from his union, but he would not admit fault.

“The train had been sabotaged by people who would have known its mechanics well. All indications are that it was sabotage … the concern is that striking workers are responsible for this,” he said. The incident is likely to encourage State-owned Transnet, where workers have been on strike nationwide since Monday over wages, to intensify its security measures and harden its stance. Satawu spokesmen, -- the (government-alligned) and largest union in SA’s transport sector -- said last night they would extend the strike from next Monday to include passenger rail services, halting all rail transport.

* Tinzi Lubabalo, the national co-ordinator of Satawu, which is leading the Transnet strike, said Satawu and Utatu would today give a 48-hour strike notice to the government-owned Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which operates the passenger rail system. Lubabalo said Prasa was offering an 8% increase while the workers wanted 16%....
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PosOnderwerp: Re: Transnet: Derailment was sabotage   Wed May 19, 2010 9:49 am

Maar wat gaan hulle doen aan die uninies niks nie, alhoewel die wet in die opsig die reg het om die staking onwettig te verklaar weens staats eindom beskadiging.

Maar nee hier sal bobejaan se kind kwansuis nie die wet verstaan nie.

Hoeveel meer wil mense he moet dit in hul gesigte gegooi word on te kan sien dat ons geen regte in die land het nie. En die land is aan ons gegee maar ja wat doen ons gee dit vir n spesie wat nie eens n bestaans reg het nie.
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