Foreigners displaced by mine strike

2012-02-20 07:24
Rustenburg - Nearly 100 foreign business owners have been displaced after their shops were looted and vandalised during a strike at the Impala mine in Phokeng, North West police said on Sunday.

"Approximately 32 shops were looted, belonging mostly to foreign nationals in close proximity to Freemanville, close to Impala mine," said police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

"The owners are now staying with friends and relatives in Ziniaville, Rustenburg," he said.

Numerous cases have been opened with charges ranging from malicious damage to property to theft.

"Close to 130 suspects have been arrested on numerous counts including illegal gathering and they have spent the weekend in Phokeng holding cells," he said. Those under arrest were expected to appear in the Phokeng Magistrate's Court on Monday.

On high alert


Ngubane said not all business owners who had been affected had opened cases.

He said the situation at the Impala mine and Freedom Park was calm on Sunday afternoon but police would remain on high alert.

Local businesses belonging to foreigners in Freedom Park were looted on Thursday and Friday, said Ngubane.

He denied that the attacks were xenophobic, and said the violence had been targeted at businesses, rather than the foreigners who have a monopoly on shops in the area.

On Saturday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) urged strikers to return to work.

"The NUM is committed to a peaceful resolution at [Impala Platinum] Implats and appeals to all its members and workers in general to return to the operations next week when their issues are being addressed," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

The protests began in Phokeng on Thursday, with mineworkers apparently intimidating and assaulting people trying to get to and from work in the township outside Rustenburg.

They barricaded roads heading towards Freedom Park and threw stones at cars and looted shops. The crowd also torched a satellite police station in Freedom Park.

Impasse


Seshoka said the union met with Implats management on Friday night in an attempt to resolve the impasse in Rustenburg.

Implats has already agreed to re-employ 17 200 workers who were dismissed for striking illegally.

The NUM and Implats have yet to discuss the disparities in the bonuses given to miners, excluding the rockdrill operators, and issues of reinstatement.

The union said that if Implats failed to meet its commitments when all workers returned to work, it would call a general strike at the company's operations.

The NUM appealed to its members to disregard advice from anti-revolutionary forces in and around Rustenburg, Seshoka said.

"The NUM strongly condemns the violent behaviour demonstrated by criminal elements taking advantage of the volatile situation and appeals for calm as well as to the law enforcement agencies to make decisive intervention whenever violence raises its ugly head," he said.

- Are you there and have you been affected? Send us your stories and photos.
- SAPA
Read more on:    num  |  impala platinum  |  mahikeng  |  strikes  |  labour  |  xenophobia
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

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
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy 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

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be in the mood to philosophize and socialize and expand your mind on various discussions and group activities. You could...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.