DENEL STRIKE: Rubber bullets, stun grenades used to control strikers (video)

Satawu workers at Denel Aeronautics say they cannot make ends meet. This protester is one of 95 who demands a wage increase of 15 per cent.

Police claim they opened fire on peaceful wage protesters at Denel Aeronautics on Atlas Road on Tuesday morning after the workers would not allow two trucks to enter the premises.

Ninety-five members of The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) downed their tools after management only offered a four per cent salary increase and not the 15 per cent they demanded.

“Police intervened and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd,” Capt Jethro Mtshali, spokesperson for Kempton Parks SAPS, told Express.

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One woman was injured during the altercation and taken to hospital.

“We urge anyone to open a case about this incident with police so we can further investigate these allegations,” Mtshali added.

When Express arrived on the scene at 10am, there was no longer a heavy police presence and protesters were singing peacefully. One sign read “Denel, you might not be killing us with an explosion, but we are dying of hunger”.

 

 

According to employee Lucky Nekhandela (27), who led the protesters, the strike was legal. Workers included mechanics, technicians, planners and shippers.

“We cannot make ends meet. If this is how we are to carry on, the workers will starve.”

Aviation sector chairperson Tinyiko Mashele said the workers would not back down. “We want Denel to listen to us and give us what we deserve.”

Attempts to reach Denel for comment had so far been unsuccessful.

Four per cent is not enough. These Denel Aeronautics employees demand a 15 per cent wage increase. “We cannot make ends meet,” one employee said.

 

Satawu workers at Denel Aeronautics on Atlas Road downed their tools after management would not meet their wage demands. “We won’t back down,” employee Tinyiko Mashele said.

 

Employees Lucky Nekhandela and Tinyiko Mashele show the stun grenades police shot at the protesting crowd, despite their claims the strike was peaceful.

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Paula-Ann Smit
Journalist

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