Zuma condemns violent protests

President Jacob Zuma says destruction of property during protests negatively impacts on jobs.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma has condemned violent protests that lead to the destruction of property, saying grievances should be aired respectively and through the right channels.

Zuma was addressing a crowd at the Cosatu May Day rally in Mamelodi earlier today where he received a warm welcome from supporters.

Cosatu, Sanco and the SACP also addressed the rally, pledging their support for the ANC to campaign for the majority party.

The president says destruction of property during protests negatively impacts on jobs.

"Let us unite as South Africans against such despicable behavior. Grievances should be expressed peacefully and we have a right to protest."

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Meanwhile, the National Council of Trade Unions says it's willing to join a new federation independent of political influence with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Zwelinzima Vavi and a range of other smaller unions.

Yesterday, a total of 51 unions met in Boksburg for an historic workers summit, which resolved to establish a new federation.

Nactu's President Joseph Maqhekeni addressed the May Day celebration in Tembisa.

He thanked Cosatu for expelling Numsa and dismissing Vavi.

"Thanks to those in the boardroom of Cosatu for expelling comrade Vavi and thank you very much for expelling Numsa because workers today are part of a new initiative."