Mthethwa condemns killing of miners

2014-05-12 20:49
(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Monday condemned the killings of three miners in the platinum belt near Rustenburg, North West.

"No matter what the motives of the perpetrators, the police will be doing everything possible to arrest them," Mthethwa said in a statement.

Two mineworkers were killed at the weekend and another one on Monday.

"The protection of those involved in the labour disputes in the North West is a matter that government takes extremely seriously," Mthethwa said.

Workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the platinum belt have been on strike since 23 January demanding a salary of R12 500 a month.

Mthethwa said policing would be stepped up on Wednesday when some striking mineworkers would return to work.

"There will be increased patrols along the routes that workers use to get to the mines and police vehicles will escort buses carrying workers."

Mthethwa said violence against people or property would not be tolerated.

Fears of friction between striking miners and those wishing to resume work arose when Amcu objected to employers approaching miners with their wage offer directly, in a bid to end the strike.

Platinum producers Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum, and Lonmin have called on Amcu to exercise responsible leadership.

"We recognise the right to strike as a fundamental right of employees, a right which has been respected throughout the dispute," they said.

"But we have a responsibility to communicate directly with our employees... our employees wish to return to work, but have expressed a fear of continued intimidation and violence."

The companies urged Amcu to recognise and uphold the rights of those who wanted to work.

The National Union of Mineworkers' regional secretary Sydwell Dolokwana blamed Amcu members and employers for the three deaths.

"[They] intimidated our members who wanted to go to work on Monday. Our employer urged workers to report for duty on Monday and they could not even ensure the safety of the workers."

Amcu could not be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.

- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  amcu  |  num  |  nathi mthethwa  |  mahikeng  |  crime  |  strikes
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
41 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. 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 emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....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.