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ANC members too scared to go to Marikana

2012-09-13 09:05

Johannesburg - ANC members of the parliamentary portfolio committee for mineral resources would not visit the violence-stricken Lonmin platinum mine in Rustenburg because it was not safe, according to a report on Thursday.

James Lorimer, DA MP, suggested on Wednesday that the committee should either hold a parliamentary hearing, or visit the Marikana mine to hear the miners' grievances, Beeld reported.

Opposition parties supported the idea, but the ANC majority rejected it.

"We can't go and talk to a crowd with suicidal tendencies," said the ANC's Rose Sonto.

Fred Gona (ANC), committee chairperson, said members should wait until processes already underway had been completed.

"We'll leave space for the negotiators who are already there to do their job... by the time we go there, the situation will have normalised."

Gona also said the situation in Marikana was too dangerous.

Lorimer compared the MPs with ostriches burying their heads in the sand.

He said the committee, which was supposed to be responsible for overseeing mining matters in Parliament, had done nothing since the Marikana mining tragedy four weeks ago.

Eric Lucas, IFP MP, said committee members should start behaving like adults.

"Rome is burning. Your words break a person's heart," he said.

Comments
  • Keg - 2012-09-13 09:11

    Scared of your own people. You know you have failed them in every single way possible. Sad thing is these people you are so scared of will vote for you again. Boggles my mind.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-13 11:21

      An eye opener if there ever was one. http://www.marikana-truth.com/

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-13 11:29

      Cowards - heavens can you be scared of the people that voted you in ? What a shocking state of Affairs ! Scared you Gucci suit might be bloodied in the panga battle ?

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-09-13 09:13

    So an admission from the anc that the miners are suicidal. Muderous is another word that come to mind. But this reaction from government is to be expected. It is all part of their gutless approach to serious problems in the country. The strike and all the incidents that have resulted thereof have been caused by COSATU and/or its affiliates which forms part of the alliance with the anc.

  • leeyakath.abbubaker - 2012-09-13 09:18

    cowards! everyready to sing and dance for our presidents penis but cant go face their own people...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-13 09:22

      Maybe the strikers should carry placards with "The Spear" painting on them. I'm sure the anc members will descend upon Marikana like flies to sh...

      chuck.farley.104418 - 2012-09-13 09:51

      Leeyakath..... dude.... that is the comment of the week! Well done!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-09-13 09:18

    What a bunch of spineless w***s!

  • thapz.thabis - 2012-09-13 09:21

    cowards!

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-09-13 09:21

    hahahaha come election time and they will be brave enough to visit the very same place.

      Keg - 2012-09-13 09:35

      Probably hand out yellow T shirts and meals and the locals will fall for the same crap.

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-09-13 10:54

      the yellow t-shirt nd food parcel never strategy never fails...what a sad thing because they take people for granted and at the same time we who welcome and listen to this idiots should be dissapointed with ourselves....we can't fall for the same trick like 2 year olds but even a child at some point figures things out....

  • sagin.verity - 2012-09-13 09:25

    Scared of what they have created. Stupid Pricks. The anc and its mindless followers will get what they deserve.

  • lwazi.zibi.7 - 2012-09-13 09:27

    Big Old Sissies... Say to them there is a tender in Marikana... You will see...

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-09-13 09:55

      Lol!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-13 09:29

    This thing should never have been allowed to come to this. Had they acted when this miners killed the 1st person,the situation would have been mobilised. The thugs should have been dispersed from day one. Now that they have gained some momentum, it'll be a much more difficult task.

  • mntsethe - 2012-09-13 09:29

    mnxm... I guess now there must be a national strike demanding ANC to step down in rulling the country. It has failed our peaple big time, and the game still continues.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-09-13 09:31

    Amazing! The ANC are always big talkers. But when it comes to the big problems like Marikana problem they are the biggest cowards. They are to scared to go face there own ppl. This is your own fault ANC, grow some balls and go deal with it.

      edna.errenrich - 2012-09-13 16:08

      Thats why they are in big groups when they attck elederly farmers andf teenage girls - its a culture thing being a coward

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 09:32

    Why should they go? There's no money in it for them! They'll only go to places where there's something in it for them. Greedy scum!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 09:34

      Greedy and spineless!

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-13 09:32

    The zeal an energy that my president has its out of dis world viva my president viva malema

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 09:48

      Oh get on your hind legs and walk like a human please! Troll!

      leonard.w.gray - 2012-09-13 10:07

      Thanks for the pathetic comment. You are clearly a BEE suction pad who has no clue what he or she is talking about. You are an absolute fool to support the ANC and it's criminal President.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 10:14

      Its seems vermin like this can only spell viva and mal-ema correctly. Illiterate trolls!

      cpteugene.barkhuysen - 2012-09-13 10:25

      what has he done for you besides dance, lie and steal? malema has not done a days work in his life, he now tries to climb to power on the bodies of his own people. how can you support him? go do your homework before you rally behind a genocidal psychopath

      Shonisani - 2012-09-13 10:31

      Please please stop attacking Murombe,focus on the topic you stuipid red heads

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 15:01

      @Shonisani - As if this moron is sticking to the topic?

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-13 09:33

    Sounds about right, don't really think the miners would welcome them, in their Gucci shoes and SUV's, with outstretched arms. Besides the ANC tradition is to eat and laying on a banquet before they talked to the masses probably also wouldn't work. Ho, ho, ho - this is really too funny for words.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-09-13 09:34

    I can think of a couple of former politicians who have no problem at all in taking a trip to Marikana.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-09-13 09:36

    This fits in perfectly with the mindset of most Gov and Municipal workers - they are only in it for the paycheck. Heaven forbid that they actually be required to work.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-13 09:39

    COWARDS !!!!. Bunch of yellow belly rats .

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-13 09:40

    Sissies! Just like dogs, have a lot of bark but when you storm down on it, it runs with it's tail between it's legs.

  • sabelo.magoso - 2012-09-13 09:40

    A gud move by parliament

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-09-13 10:06

      you mean "good". either way your comment is totally bad

  • drishworth - 2012-09-13 09:42

    The ANC created the monster and are now scared of it because they can't feed it. May the stupidity of the people which has kept you into power now work against you. 18 year of incompetence is enough - time for the ANC to go - the people of SA deserve better.

  • Keg - 2012-09-13 09:42

    If I am not mistaken don't these politicians who are so important have a fleet of bodyguards and cars to make them safe. The daily commute to PTA or JHB is so dangerous they need all of this but are still too scared go into Marikana. If I was an ANC member/Supporter I would be humiliated and embarrassed of my leaders. The ANC had the balls to take on apartheid but wont go see their own desperate people. I can tell you now they just cant be bothered and don't give a continental sh*t about what is going on that's why they not going. Bone idle lazy bums

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-09-13 09:42

    the only motivation the cANCer will need to visit the mine is the forthcoming elections. here empty promises will be made and they will be back in power to oppress their own people.

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-13 09:44

    Rotten COWARDS!!!!

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-13 09:45

    Since they cannot do their job, they should step down....ohhh I forgot this is the ANC #SMH#

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-09-13 09:47

    wha, ha, ha -too scared to face their own voters and the results of their actions

  • punungwe - 2012-09-13 09:48

    During the apartheid days, those Africans who spoke out against the system were labelled dangerous agitators. That is why they were issued with banning orders, restriction orders and detention orders. The apartheid state believed that if the could just silence these vocal few, then everything would be okay. The media were blamed for giving these people a voice and in the end the media was directly censored, or pressured to practice self censorship. Yet they overlooked that the problem was within the system itself and it was the system which needed to be addressed, in the case of apartheid by entirely removing it. Today millions South Africans are poor, disgruntled and are quickly loosing hope of things getting any better in the near future. That is the problem which needs to be addressed. Making good speeches once in a while, while focusing on lavish living and enriching yourself the rest of the time, does not solve the problem. Silencing one or two individuals who may not be in lockstep with what the rest of the political establishment is saying will not solve a problem. Imprisoning the leaders of the ANC pre-1994 did not solve the aprtheid problem. Notice that I didn't mention any names. Thus if you find yourself thinking you are being attacked or portrayed negatively by the above, you are part of the problem. If you picked up the similarity to a current problem in South Africa, that was the intention.

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-09-13 10:06

      Punungwe: I have to say - a great comment which I even read twice, thanks.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-13 10:17

      Excellent comment!

      punungwe - 2012-09-13 10:21

      I should have added if you think you can shoot one or two individuals and all problems will go away - as some ANC members in KZN busy shooting each other seem to believe - then you are in worse problems.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-13 09:50

    Blv me no man has the wisdom of admitting dat he once acted foolishly. Bt blv me de day I took ma ID to vote, I voted and voted for zuma sisss dat de day I regret each and evry livn day of ma lyf.

      Keg - 2012-09-13 09:51

      Want to buy a vowel?

      punungwe - 2012-09-13 09:54

      Aroka, you never voted for Zuma. You voted for an ANC list of candidates. The ANC then chose Zuma for your. Maybe South Africa should have a directly elected president like most other countries.

      edna.errenrich - 2012-09-13 16:11

      Can u even spell X?

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-13 09:50

    ANC for life baby! Vote on for the madness!

      vincent.auret - 2012-09-13 10:07

      Really hoping Jesus comes soon so that they can step down from their rule...

  • werner.werner.7 - 2012-09-13 09:52

    Bang-gatte

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-09-13 09:53

    What message are the anc parliamentory portfolio committee sending to the people of South Africa. Had they had their finger on the pulse, they should have been ready to address the miners weeks ago.Fire the lot and replace them with suitably qualified personal, on merit.A waste of TAX PAYERS money having these people in office.

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-09-13 10:00

    ANC afraid of its own people classic

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-13 10:03

    Chicken sh#ts. Brave enough to run down kids on their bikes but to cowardly to face their own masses.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-13 10:09

    Don't worry Julius Malima will do the visit, that is my reason why I am steal saying we don't have leaders. Only leader I have is Julius Malima. Viva Juju viva.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-13 10:21

      Sad, when your only leader is a racist ignorant fool who is out to destroy the country!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-13 10:23

      and don't worry Malema will just turn this country into another Zimbabwe...hey why not just extend the borders and join South Africa and Zimbabwe....

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-09-13 10:35

      I sincerely ask you how you can value/admire someone as a leader - who isn't a leader of anything any more?

      isaac.therose - 2012-09-13 11:23

      Madoda don't frightened by this Bloody agent they also have Racism but they are hiding them self be proud abot Malema I'm also proud of him he is our Next Presdent watch after Mangaung I promise u the can Hate him the way they want because he didn't hide the truth that Hurt all white people all they want is to see black people working under them •CHange is Needed even when is Painful

  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-09-13 10:09

    But why ANC? Zuma says the country is a safe place???

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-13 10:24

      and service delivery is excellent....lol

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-13 10:11

    ANC please don’t go. And I hope all the miners remember that when it comes to election time.

      asivhanga - 2012-09-13 10:19

      @Nathan, Who do you think they'll vote for?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-13 10:12

    But these are your electorate that you are talking about? They wouldn't hurt you - you give them KFC, t-shirts and caps.

  • Xiphayiselana - 2012-09-13 10:13

    Cowards ANC. And what I know about them(Cowards), is dat they die many times before their death! Be brave and stand Up for what you have sour 4 the sake of our beloved country.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-13 10:14

    but when Malema go there they complain.

  • johan.verster.90 - 2012-09-13 10:14

    Typical politicians! They are the ones who created this culture of violence and demands,but they expect police officers to face these crowds without defending themselves!!Their own tactics are now backfiring on them!COWARDS!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-13 10:17

    It seems official now that we some no-go areas in this country. Those politicians thought they could gain some political and personal support by siding against the police. Now they clearly can't trust the police to protect them.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-09-13 10:18

    Bang gatte!

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-13 10:19

    Hu said dis is not a banana republic? Its lyk a traffic officer scared to issue a fine to a taxi driver... Broer waka jst imagine

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-13 10:20

    so the government will just take but they wont face the music that they have created! time for change south africa, lets get these fools out of office and make a new start regardless who is in charge black,white,male or female as long as they can do they job they will have our support!

  • lucky.mpoza - 2012-09-13 10:25

    I am very disappointed. I must say, they are afraid to go and say 'sorry' to the people who put them there in the first place. I pray to God that He makes our people to see that our revolution movement is long gone and we have opportunists, cowards, and stupid representatives in high places. Is there any political party that can help south africa? @DA 24, don't even start to say it is the DA. The DA lied to the people of south africa in the municipal elections last year in its two TVCs where they had people from tambo square who claimed to have electricity and toilets because of the da. Whereas in fact the tambo square area did not have electricity and toilets. That made black south africans angry and not trust the DA.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-13 10:27

    But tell them that there will be a party, with free food and drinks. They will be there in a flash. Bunch of useless people.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-13 10:37

    They don't understand "Rome is burning....."

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-09-13 10:51

    Cowardly pigs

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-13 10:51

    Nothing new, in the struggle days they were too frightened to come out of the bush. Is their world falling apart? Oh! wow!!!!

  • Erna - 2012-09-13 10:58

    Shame, poor darlings!!

  • alex.mahlobogoane - 2012-09-13 10:59

    The truth of the matter is that the movement of people by people the(ANC)can't be afraid or be intimidated by its people.those coward members of portfolio of mineral in parliament are definitely grossly misrepresenting the organization of the people in the parliament. What is to be importantly noted is the fact that this defect of misrepresenting the ANC by its members in not a permanent defect nor the inherent part of the being of the ANC. this speaks to the simplistic and ineffective mechanism adopted by the ANC in identifying those cadres whom will represent itself in various different capacities in government and out side government.however, as we have mentioned above that this defect is not permanent that is why every five years the ANC provide itself with the opportunity to evaluate and correct itself. two months from now the ANC will have that opportunity to renew itself and remedy some identified deficiencies such as this embarrassing posture took by some members o parliament around marikana matter. the ANC is the objective organization of people that which its existence ignited the the objective reality faced by its people- so it is illogical to anyone to think that the ANC can permanently be influence by the subjective component of the objective reality.