Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
21 Jul 2022
6:34 pm

Looming security strike: Can a repeat of the 2006 violence be avoided?

Sipho Mabena

The violent six-month long strike saw non-striking guards and on-duty guards attacked and some thrown off moving trains.

An injured protestor after police opened fire and set off a stun grenade outside Tshwane House, on 19 May 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The looming private security industry strike is unlikely to be deadly and bloody as the one in 2006, where 60 people were killed and scores injured. The violent six-month long strike saw non-striking guards and on-duty guards attacked, and some thrown off moving trains. According to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) amendments to the Labour Relations Act has provisions dealing with strike picketing rules. Philemon Bhebhe, Satawu national security coordinator, said the amendments require that picketing rules be agreed upon before going on strike. “This includes how the striking parties will handle themselves during the strike...