Strike Interdict - call for evidence

South African Engineers and Founders Association

15 October 2021

In light of the escalating violence, intimidation and damage to property being experienced by our members, we have obtained legal advice on approaching the Courts for relief.  We asked in previous communication for members to keep evidence of incidents in the event that we decide to seek legal relief.  Now is that time. 

It is critical for the success of the application for SAEFA’s members to provide the following for purposes of the founding affidavit:

  1. Any comments/written statements by NUMSA or NUMSA shop stewards or that of other trade unions that the strike will be violent.
  2. Date and time of any incident of violence, intimidation and/or damage to property.
  3. Any photographs taken of the violence, intimidation and/or damage to property
  4. A short summary of the incident involving violence, intimidation and/or damage to property.
  5. Attempts to have the SAPS intervene and the SAPS’s response.
  6. Attempts to have NUMSA and/or other trade unions intervene and NUMSA’s and/or such trade unions’ response.
  7. If possible, a quantification of financial losses suffered as a result of the violence, intimidation and damage to property, such as the cost of security to protect property and non-striking employees and loss of production as a result of intimidation of non-striking employees.

Please do not send evidence that you are simply passing on.  Photographs and videos of general misconduct will not be useful.  We must be able to tie the acts of misconduct to a specific SAEFA member in order for our approach to be successful.  The person(s) responsible for making the statement, capturing said images or video should be available to attest to the veracity thereof, should the matter proceed to court.  If you are not willing or able to personally testify to the authenticity of the evidence as submitted, then please do not send it.  We are looking primarily for statements from witnesses and pictures.  Video footage must be kept safe by members for now and a statement of what occurs on the video footage submitted.  Should the court wish to view the video footage, it must be then made available.

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