Remarks that the taxis of people who did not support Cosatu's one-day strike would "go up in flames" have been slammed as "inflammatory" by the Independent Democrats in KwaZulu-Natal.
ID secretary general Haniff Hoosen said his party was disturbed by KZN Transport Alliance boss Eugene Hadebe's alleged remark on Tuesday ahead of protests and stayaways organised by Cosatu and held in Cape Town, Durban and Newcastle yesterday.
"We have repeatedly warned Cosatu against such inflammatory remarks which echo the 'kill for Zuma' rhetoric of the trade union's general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi," said Hoosen.
He said it was wrong for Hadebe to threaten those who did not want to stay away from work with violence. He said Hadebe must acknowledge that some poor people wanted to go to work so that they could put food on the table.
"When leaders set this kind of example they must not be surprised when their underlings do the same," he said.
Hoosen called on Cosatu to discipline its leaders who use war talk. But Hadebe denied the allegations.
"The ID is mad. They are talking nonsense as I never said the taxis of people who did not support the stayaway action will be up in flames."