Floyd negotiates on behalf of Marikana women

2012-08-20 09:24

Suspended ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was negotiating on behalf of a group of about 100 women who had gathered at the Garankuwa Magistrates’ Court ahead of the appearance of 259 Marikana protesters.

eNCA reported Shivambu was trying to get a number of women access to the court building so that they could determine if their loved ones were among the 259 accused.

One woman, Nombulelo Jali (37) wept hysterically. She said police did not know what happened to her husband Themba Khalo Jali (40) who she says was arrested on Thursday.

“I have come all the way from Harding in KwaZulu-Natal but we can’t find him. We have frantically searched everywhere and we can’t locate him. Police took him,” said Jali.

Tensions were running high, eNCA reported, as police did not allow the women to protest on the court premises.

Some police members wore protective helmets and shields and carried batons.

Four Nyalas had entered the court premises.

“They (the accused will appear) on various charges which include murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, public violence and more,” the police’s Captain Dennis Adrio said.

The protesters were arrested on Thursday following the violent confrontation between police and striking workers of Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

A total of 34 people were killed in the shootout that erupted near the mine on Thursday when police tried to disperse striking miners.

More than 78 people were injured. Another 10 people had by then been killed in violent protests at the mine over the past week.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher wages.

» This story was updated after first published.

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