In the Hand of the Striker

We all know that different types of traditional weapons - tree branches, stones, underwear (yes, even underwear), sjamboks, hand guns (both real and replica guns), bricks, telephone poles (believe it, or not), the list is really endless - come out when employees go out on strike.

The Dangerous Weapons Act, 2013 will come into operation on 2 January 2014. Its purpose is to repeal all existing legislation regulating dangerous weapons and to provide for uniform legislation that will apply throughout South Africa. The Act will now prohibit the possession of dangerous weapons, firearms or replicas or imitation firearms in public.

Let's wait to see whether strikers will now hang up their dangerous weapons, which have unfortunately all too often become a feature of strikes in our country.

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