Fire killer cops, Marikana women urge

2012-08-17 22:02
Video

Workers' wives sing national anthem

2012-08-17 16:31

Women protesting at the scene of the shooting of striking mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine broke into song. WATCH.WATCH

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now

Rustenburg - The policemen responsible for killing Lonmin miners should be fired, women of their community demanded on Friday.

About 50 of them staged a demonstration near a rocky outcrop at the mine Marikana, North West, to voice their anger.

A total of 34 people were killed and 78 injured in a shoot-out that erupted near the mine on Thursday when police tried to disperse striking miners.

One of the women, Annah Bele, asked why police shot at the miners.

"There have been strikes before but people were never killed. Police themselves have strikes but no one kills them."

A second woman asked: "Where have they learnt these killing techniques?"

Some women demanded that their loved ones be buried by the government and Lonmin.

"We don't have money so government should pay," said Mmatshepiso Mohlomi who was still unsure of the whereabouts of her relative.

Stood by their men


Nomasomi Baliti said the women stood by their men, who were all employees of the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

"The treatment they have given to our men is just not human," said Baliti.

She said she had not heard from her father since Thursday.

"I don't know whether he is dead or alive."

The women carried placards with messages directed to Lonmin and government. One read: "What sort of government kills its people?" Another stated: "Piega [police commissioner Riah Phiyega], you are celebrating your position by the blood of our families".

The women accused the mine of not properly communicating with them about the whereabouts of their men. Men from the surrounding informal settlement gathered at the outskirts to watch the women.

Earlier, scores of family members stood outside the Andrew Staffer Memorial Hospital in Marikana, hoping to hear news of their relatives.

Many said they had heard of a list with the names of those who were killed, injured, or detained.

From pillar to post

The only source of information came from a hospital official who came out and read the names of some of those admitted inside.

Relatives who heard the names of loved ones were allowed into the hospital.

Said Gcobani Tiya, who was searching for a family member: "They have been sending us from pillar to post. The mine is not communicating with us, but with the media."

President Jacob Zuma was expected to arrive at the mine later in the day.

Phiyega told reporters earlier she took responsibility for giving the officers the order to shoot.

"As commissioner, I gave police the responsibility to execute the task they needed to do."

At the briefing, police showed video footage of how two policemen were killed by a group of protesters. The video showed police officials confronting the group, asking for weapons.

The men told police the weapons would be handed over at the hill, and the two police officers followed them there.

At the hilltop, the incident turned violent and the two officers were killed.

Journalists were also shown aerial photographs of naked miners doing a ritual with a sangoma.

- SAPA

Read more on:    police  |  lonmin  |  mahikeng  |  strikes  |  mining  |  mining unrest
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
33 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Who won? Let the News24 App notify you!

Not only can you stay up to date with the latest elections news, you can also get notification of results during the results phase with our easy-to-use app.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Parow - 16:21 PM
    Road name: N1 Outbound
    HEAVY DELAYS between the N7 Highway and the Durban Road exit
  • Thursday Cape Town - 16:21 PM
    Road name: N1 Outbound
    DELAYS between Marine Drive and the M5 Koeberg Interchange
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Y

The Samsung Y (Young) is tiny but powerful with Android...

From R1499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.