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By unknown | Aug 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has launched a scathing attack on judges, calling them drunks.

Ntshalintshali was addressing thousands who marched in Pretoria yesterday to protest against rising food and electricity prices.

"Judges are not angels," Ntshalintshali said. "Some judges go to court drunk and when they take decisions we are expected to respect them.

"No amount of pressure will make Cosatu silent when judges take decisions that favour the rich at the expense of the poor and workers," he said.

Ntshalintshali cited the case of a Limpopo farmer who threw a worker into a lion's den after he had arrived to collect his wages.

The farmer, who was initially given a life term, later appealed and was given a sentence of five years.

Another Limpopo farmer shot and killed a child he said he had mistaken for a baboon.

Another case was the killing of a child at an Ekurhuleni farm.

Thousands of workers heeded Cosatu's call for a one-day strike.

Commuters were left stranded when taxis only ferried protestors to Pretoria where they were to hand a memorandum to the government.

Trains only started operating late in the afternoon.

In Germiston protestors trashed the town in frustration when they could not get transport to Pretoria.

Protestor Veli Tsilo blamed Cosatu's general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.

"Vavi betrayed us. Instead of organising transport he was rallying behind Jacob Zuma in Pietermaritzburg," said Tsilo.


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