DA march marred by violence

The DA march to Cosatu House in Johannesburg's CBD turned violent. Peace is now restored.

Cosatu protesters and DA marchers clash. Picture Andrea van Wyk/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Violence broke out for a second time on Tuesday at the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Youth Wage Subsidy protest in central Johannesburg.

Fighting resumed while DA leader Helen Zille addressed party members taking part in the demonstration.

The opposition party planned to march to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) House to hand over a memorandum in support of the subsidy, but the protest was eventually abandoned due to violence. 

The DA believes the subsidy will create work for over 400, 000 unemployed youths, but Cosatu is opposed to the scheme. 

The federation believes companies could retrench older workers because employers will receive large amounts of money for hiring young people.

One protester was injured and a Mail & Guardian journalist was hit on the head by a rock.

Meanwhile, the DA officials said they want to keep the peace and urged their members to not retaliate.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko hit out at Cosatu for failing to show leadership.

“I can’t explain how disappointing it is to see that Cosatu showed no leadership in encouraging its members to be peaceful in their opposition to our march. It was absolutely shocking.”

DA members returned to Beyers Naude Square, where their protest started.