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9 killed in violence at platinum mine

2012-08-13 18:36

Johannesburg - Officials say at least nine people have been killed in ongoing violence at a North West platinum mine.

Platinum producer Lonim, said violence started on Friday when workers walked off the job at its Marikana mine over pay, and since then at least four of the mine's workers have been killed in ongoing attacks between rival unions, including two security guards who died on Sunday when their car was set ablaze by angry miners.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo said two officers and three others were killed in more violent protests on Monday.

One of the officers was hacked to death, according to police.

Meanwhile, Cosatu's North West branch has called on rival labour union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to put an end to the violence at the mine, Sapa reports.

Provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said Amcu should give miners freedom to choose a union.

"Cosatu wants to remind Amcu that the Constitution of our country allows workers a freedom of association," Phetoe said.

"That right has been extended in the Labour Relations Act which give workers the rights and powers to form their unions, and not to be forced to join some fly-by night unions."

Violence at the mine had been linked to clashes between members of the Cosatu-affiliated National Union of Mineworkers and Amcu, which were reportedly fighting for control of local mines.

In February, the two unions clashed over membership at Impala Platinum's mines in Rustenburg.

Comments
  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-13 18:53

    Another day of melancholy,Another loss of innocent lives due to poverty.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-13 19:13

      Poverty of ideas, problem solving skills, yes. It is a sad day indeed when people are willing to kill (and die) for a Union.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-13 19:34

      Nothing to do with poverty, Harold. It is a turf war between 2 unions. They should both be banned permanently.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-13 22:13

      Where is "Beloved one" Vavi to comment this masacre? Zwelinzima Vavi, "majorettes on the street" are not carrying flutes anymore. "Injury to one is an injury to all"...or maybe that is valid only when is suitable for your organisation?

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-08-13 18:56

    The more things change the more they stay the same....

  • ntsiki.mdeni - 2012-08-13 18:58

    Greedy unions!

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-13 19:01

    "Violence at the mine had been linked to clashes between members of the Cosatu-affiliated National Union of Mineworkers and Amcu, which were reportedly fighting for control of local mines." I though management was in control of the mines? Obviously not! This is tantamount to low level warfare. The zama-zamas are operating the now defunct gold mines and the platinum mines are next. Before we know, the management will abandon the mines and the Chinese will step in to take over our resources. Curious to know whether Cynthia Carroll will be made to walk the plank?

  • huna.hr - 2012-08-13 19:06

    As employee @ lonmin,workers (RDO) started this strike demanding increase of R12,500,and officials @ lonmin and NUM are lying wen they say AMCO is fighting for membership,those are pure lies,workers wanted to speak with management to adress this issue but they refused and called security that fired shots to disperse the mass

      dexter.morganson - 2012-08-13 19:53

      All negotiations for wage increases etc MUST go through a bargaining council. Did management not inform the employees that those marches were illegal? As Lonmin does not negotiate separate wage increases, it must go through a council. The gathering of those 3000+ RDO's was unauthorized and not protected under the gathering acts. Secondly, Security "might" have shot to disperse the masses, but the bloodshed didn't start with the security it started with the "workers/unions". Thirdly, R12,500 more, really? They'd be getting more than some officials in company. I have no problem with the people marching, protesting or striking because of being under paid etc. As soon as they raised their hand towards another employee it can NOT be considered "wage negotiations" anymore, then it's just plain old kasi violence. Shoot the lot of them. Those security and police officers wouldn't have died if they didn't go into the situation with the presence in mind to calmly disperse the masses. Open fire and kill the lot. Only solution, the unions strongly believe that violence is the answer to their problem, the retaliation to their illegal gatherings should have the same solution then.

  • pule.lesego.3 - 2012-08-13 19:14

    Lonmin is one of the greatest mine artisan make R30k within a month and dude they are full of nepotism.You must either reside in Belladonna,Marikana,Bapong and Mooinooi to get a job there.Now they taking a life for 12% increase.Life cannot be replaced but money can.Uneducated people are extremely dangerous to society.9 people were killed at Kzn recently now they burning people to death.

  • maximilian.jany - 2012-08-13 19:17

    Shame about the officer, the workers on the other hand seem to be nothing more than primitive animals. You expect more from people than this kind of behaviour. Why take the lives of others, for more pay? There are plenty of poor people everywhere and most don't act like this and what is worse is how often it happens in South Africa. Destruction of property and violence always seems to follow these people.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-13 19:24

    So the chaos continue, still this government dont open its mouth.

  • lesegowatson - 2012-08-13 19:26

    We lost our loved ones because of this selfish,I think our government must intervene before many lives are lost.

      dirk.vanvuuren - 2012-08-13 21:24

      My father, an innocent man on his way to work was attacked last night at Karee 4#. When they tried to access the gate, their clock cards where denied. They smashed my fathers bakkie windows out. They hit him with a walking stick and threw him with stones and bricks. My fathers friend was stabbed with a knife in his anus. There was a black guy lying there next to a burning vehicle. My dad pulled him away from the burning car. That poor innocent guy lied there with his head smashed open with an pan ga. What did they do to deserve this heinous assault.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-13 19:28

    Cosatu's anti-competitive behaviour backed by the ANC.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-08-13 19:36

    Someone must explain to the workers that a union is there to look after your interests as far as work is concerned.

      dexter.morganson - 2012-08-13 20:00

      Irrelevant, they are just looking for reasons to misbehave. It's always been like that. They caused disruptions in normal operations back in the day when they claimed to be oppressed. Now that they are "free", they decide to disrupt normal operations. They just seek violence, that's all.

  • huna.hr - 2012-08-13 19:47

    our goverment is always late for action, like police on movies, people are dying and they say nothing,because they have shares @ lonmin, were is NUM or COSATU? Why can't they come and adress the mass like they did @ impala.?

      dexter.morganson - 2012-08-13 20:03

      You mean greedy management types stepping out into the line of fire and actually do something? Unheard of.

  • john.cryink - 2012-08-13 20:49

    +-25 years ago when Cosato srarted their members also killed people to force strikes I just wonder if they are at fault?

  • dirk.vanvuuren - 2012-08-13 21:26

    My father, an innocent man on his way to work was attacked last night at Karee 4#. When they tried to access the gate, their clock cards where denied. They smashed my fathers bakkie windows out. They hit him with a walking stick and threw him with stones and bricks. My fathers friend was stabbed with a knife in his anus. There was a black guy lying there next to a burning vehicle. My dad pulled him away from the burning car. That poor innocent guy lied there with his head smashed open with an pan ga. What did they do to deserve this heinous assault.

  • rashied.bux - 2012-08-14 05:38

    this is the type of country the people want to live in they voted for it and now why fight if youll voted for this type of living, funny enough youll put the government there and now you fight with the government, who does not fullfull your needs but you know whats funny you still vote for them to stay there, people next time vote with your head and not your heart, thats the biggest problem, why keep a government that does not work change it, and its only you that can do that

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