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Cops raid hostels, disarm Lonmin miners

2012-09-15 10:13

Johannesburg - Police raided hostels at Lonmin's Karee platinum mine on Saturday to disarm miners after government announced a crackdown on "illegal gatherings" and the carrying of weapons.

"The aim of the raid was to disarm the mine workers to make sure that we do away with the elements of threats that are taking their toll in the area of Marikana," regional police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said.

Ngubane said police retrieved weapons such as machetes and spears.

Comments
  • marcus.lebuso - 2012-09-15 10:23

    do u think we care Radebe,zuma paid u well to cum nd disarm our fellow bros so in other words he(zuma) is th only1 who must carryng his induku cos hes th ''peresident''. I wish our nxt president to b white enaff kabo useless,greedy darkys

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-15 10:35

      Speak for yoself boy.......mandela, mbeki, zuma,pallo, pandor, modise, vavi, motlante, masualle, magashula, mkhize, mabuza....etc....these are not useless or greedy natives

      UNITY - 2012-09-15 10:35

      Its everyones right to practice their tradition at traditional gatherings, not at illegal strikes, and not with the intent of killing your fellow brothers!!! Its morally decaying and wrong! The government took too long to make the right decision and this cost people their lives!

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-15 11:01

      From your lips to the peoples ears,

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-15 11:12

      @thando then why are they all multi millionaires that have never done a days work in their lives?

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-09-15 11:39

      What’s done is done. Now go for it Mr Government, lets sort this anarchy thing out and move on already..SA supports peace.

      dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-15 12:51

      Haibo Marcus kul down baba, your zuma hatred mustn't block your brains...this matter is about law & order, thugs carrying weapons @ threatening must be disarmed and arrested.,,no brainer there

      jock.black.50 - 2012-09-16 02:13

      SHOOT THAT HING HOLDING THE KNIFE, we dont need more of him or Juluis PLEASE!

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-15 10:26

    So before the raids, they were dangerous and stupid. Now they just stupid. This Malema madman is destabilising South Africa. Time for the useless ANC rooling putty to act against him!

  • Rodney - 2012-09-15 10:27

    dis wil cost zuma.., is zuma protecting its own people or its al about the investers.. Tomorow he wil come to us need votes, wil he reqired vote 4m investers.. To run ths country 4 second term.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-15 10:27

    IF these cops where on top of their game they would have done this long ago . but with this governments rhetoric the fact that weapons where hoarded and ready for use on who knows what it was conveniently overlooked . I am sure they must be aware ( apart of always finding some at collectors residences.)of caches of ak 47's and the like elsewhere.

  • blackops64 - 2012-09-15 10:28

    hope the cops gave them a lekker klap too

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:49

      Blackop64, Yes, in my days the police did give lekker klappe, you know like splitting skulls. Mostly there were some of your kind standing on the side walk applauding. When we moved towards them they all ran away. Just shows you cowards come in all sizes,

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-15 10:30

    A little bit to late to try and take the weapons away now?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:52

      sihlangu.hokweni. Since you and your brothers wouldn't know antiques when you fall over them go spend your time doing something worthwhile.

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-15 12:20

      Oh I'm sorry Meneer,er,I mean Baas,I actually had forgotten that both the Communist ANC

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 10:31

    This must not be a once off occurance! These guys re-arm so quickly! Pity wasnt started long ago,as many lives could of been saved.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-09-15 11:29

      @sihlangu.hokweni - JoJo very harsh statement. Fact is the "black race" like you refer to have always been in a struggle, and will always be. And you know why ? Because they have been going about this struggles in the wrong way. Not one sinlge so called struggle have brought true freedom - and that includes political freedom, economic freedom, educational freedom ... and so the list just carries on. Maybe its about time that you listen to other opinions and advise and taste real freedom. Eish

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 11:45

      Your so called "struggle" is nothing other than a violent rasmpage to get what you want at ANT/ALL costs. You do not care about the children who go to sleep hungry whilst their father runs around with a knobkierrie and muti frim the traditional healer. You dont care that lives-black,white,coloured and indian,will suffer from the knock on effect to the economy,caused by the "strikers".In ANY culture,creed or country,you work for what you want in life,keeping your expectations realistic and being a decent citizen.Your opinions are nul and void in the grande scheme of things because they are selfish,self serving and greedy!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:55

      Shilangu.hokweni. I know EVERYTHING about the struggle. It is people like you talking about stealing Afrikaners antiques who know bugger all. The only time you struggled was when you had constipation.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-15 12:11

      Shilangu You had more protection then than you have to day.Which is more than the thousands of slain people white and others have had since 1994.

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-09-15 10:32

    I see trouble here serious our beloved country is slowly fading away

  • nhlamulo.lesley - 2012-09-15 10:33

    Taking weapons wont stop thm from demanding better wages

      tony.naidoo - 2012-09-15 15:19

      this way, they may remain alive to spend their money!

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-16 00:19

      Agreed but between R12,500 and R16,070 a month for entry level pay? C'mon now! I only earned R4,000/month when I started working (6,5 years ago) and only started earning that 3 years ago, and with a degree nogal. (Yes, I know it's only a maximum bargaining figure they're aiming for)

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-15 10:36

    about freaking time.

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-09-15 10:38

    So government says nothing about R12 500?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-15 10:46

      yes they think its too low

      jacob.mathaba.5 - 2012-09-15 10:58

      This goverment of ours,instead of solving,workers demands the search them.That's insane.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-15 11:15

      What must they say?

      AmbercrestBB - 2012-09-15 11:25

      It is not a government issue. The mines are in private hands.

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-09-15 10:39

    Good work...they wanna strike??? Let them do it without weapons and use their brains for a change!!!

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-15 10:43

      They have none. And like their guvment counterparts, they also want the high pay perks.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-09-15 10:40

    THis is the right thing and well overdue....Hooray for the Government...finally grown some BALLS!

  • FinalJustice - 2012-09-15 10:40

    Very typical delayed (reactive) response strategy by the SAP, they could have saved lives if this was done as a proactive measure a month ago. None the less, good work in an effort to defuse a further potentially flammable situation. They should go ahead and raid ALL these hostels if they really want to make a difference.

  • Sharmay - 2012-09-15 10:44

    Though its not a bad thing, this is starting to sound a bit like the old days.

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-15 10:56

      That's right, police state here we come

  • Erna - 2012-09-15 10:50

    Nobody would be dead if they had done this in the beginning. These laws have always been there but the police don't know where to draw the line between 'cultural' and 'deadly' weapon. When in doubt take the bloody things away and a lot of bloodshed could have been prevented!

  • Rodney - 2012-09-15 10:54

    wen ZUMA get married again in december. They must not cary the spears. Police must arrest thm....!

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-15 11:04

      Sure MaRod,infact;IFP marched to the SABC hardly hours afta these so-called measures were announced-I didn't see them being disarmed.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-15 11:10

      Yes all groups must not cary any tipes of weapons including knopkieries. And the must not sing these so called leberation song as it can only lead to more violenc.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-15 10:56

    Too little to late!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-15 11:05

    Well done...hope they get destroyed same like the gun saga

  • buti.Bambo - 2012-09-15 11:06

    @least police did what they should have done b4 the killings

  • lucky.ncube.5 - 2012-09-15 11:09

    Next thing they wil b sending miners to Robin ireland

      joubert.joep - 2012-09-15 11:18

      Send them to jail first and take Malema with them.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-09-15 11:15

    Black people you are on your own, these people clearly do not care about us. Thats why they steal like there is no tomorrow.

      tobydt - 2012-09-15 11:54

      Thats what we've been trying to tell you for two elections now.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-09-15 11:16

    There are several Platinum mines in Zimbabwe. I wonder how much they pay?

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-15 11:19

    Two things form a labour party or join da ,anc is gone

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-09-15 11:21

    Good move!

  • AmbercrestBB - 2012-09-15 11:21

    About time. Fire the lot and let Malema explain to them why they are without work.

  • siphom.mngadi.7 - 2012-09-15 11:25

    Siyabonga ke , sekusele ke manje ukuba uhulumeni abasize phela bathi kwenyuselwa umholo bo bafake noma u2000

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:44

    Illegal gatherings? Wow reminds me of my struggle days. The ANC despise the white rulers of yester year, yet here they are using the same methods and the same doctrine. It didn't work then and it won't work now.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-15 11:44

    Bring it on, Lonmin miners tell Radebe. It's on bro's..........

  • Kokisa Diseko - 2012-09-15 11:52

    we have a useless president.wt he's an expect on is polygamy

  • clivegoss - 2012-09-15 12:09

    It is about bloody time to dissarm and remove from this ancient society the dangerous weapons they drag around with them to intimidate and impress the masses. No weapons is good for negotiating

  • david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 12:41

    This is indicative of the government that has lost popularity with the masses. The fact of the matter is that the action is caused by paranoia on the part of the government as there is no household without some form of defence. What is paradoxical is that police disarmed people without any form of security to those it has disarmed. All that it amounted to is to make people vulnerable and for a third force to move in similar to the old apartheid days.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-09-15 12:42

    This action by govt is long overdue coz the striking miners have taken advantage of the state's silent to their hooliganism acts. The next step's to incarcerate Juju coz he thinks he's Untouchable! Bring him to KZN will teach him how we straightened unruly problem kids!

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:42

      Another warped mind that has been whitewashed by love for tribalism even when Jacob Zuma is a liability for both the Anc and the country. You wonder whether his form of "discipline" includes raping of the elderly and lesbians?

  • sibusiso.gigaba - 2012-09-15 13:25

    As much as I have sympathy with the workes when they ask for better wages they have no rights to carry dangerous weapons, intimidate and kill innocent people. The police have an obligation to protect the lives and property. There is no government in the world that can allow people to geather illigaly in large numbers armed.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:57

      When has it become dangerous to carry assegai? IFP did it and Jacob Zuma does it everytime he celebrates his wedding. In fact, his wives have been seen carrying knifes or tomahawk during their wedding ceremonies as nobody has mourned about it. Anc members in Kwa-zulu Natal do the same evrytime they attend rallies as nobody called for forceful removal of such objects when they are displayed. I therefore find it inconsistent for sibusiso.gigaba to make such a call when it is cultural for our people to carry some form of token during imbizo? While it is police duty to protect lives and property, however, it should not be arbitrary and discriminatory - nobody's life is threatened when miners meet around the koppie and/or march towards their workplace.

      sibusiso.gigaba - 2012-09-15 19:39

      @David.Lebete my brother surely you a joking when you say those miners are marching peacefully. Maybe we see and read different things in the media. In their first week of protest they killed ten people including two police and two security gaurds. Even now the killing is continuing my brother. Please dont politicise or use tribalism it won't solve this problem. You say Zuma and his wifes carry traditional weapons that true but they do that inside their property when having a ceremony and no one is killed or intimidated. The government has a duty to bring stability and order in SA I dont think any sane person can relax and say its normal to see a large group of people armed killing and intimidating people who want to go back to work. Its very sad to see people who use this bad situation in Marikana to further their political ambitions and benefit from this lawlessness.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-15 13:29

    and you think by doing that you will intimidate the miners, you will only make them stronger and they will be pressing more and more - i tell you they will resort to stones and who knows what else petrol bombs.Just brace yourself this is far from over and the sooner management treats this situation serious the better.anyway the brand Lonmin has been tanished and you can never put a monetary value on that

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-09-15 13:42

      I wonder if they're going to disarm IFP leader & followers also, yesterday they marched to SABC carring the same weapons as miner's or its going to be only miners who get disarmed.

  • Michael - 2012-09-15 14:04

    Why lawlessness is considered heroic by some members of the society and the media, those with public platform advantage are painting a picture that portray intervention by police as an abuse of power to innocent strikers, those people are killing other people, whats wrong in this country? Is this what is called counter revolutionary?

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-15 15:15

    Criminal subversion of the state.

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