NUM outraged by Marikana killing

2013-08-12 23:06
(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

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

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) expressed outrage at the murder of one of its shop stewards at Lonmin's Rowland shaft, near Rustenburg, on Monday.

"[We are] disappointed that amid the increasing assassinations in Marikana and the broader Rustenburg area, there has not been any progress with regard to the arrest and prosecutions of the suspects," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement.

"While many of the suspects are known to the police, none has been arrested or prosecuted."

The union said a woman shop steward was shot and killed while walking to the NUM office. North West police confirmed that a woman was shot and killed at the shaft.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said police could not immediately confirm that the victim was a NUM shop steward. Police were still attending to the crime scene, he said.

Seshoka said the union was disappointed in Lonmin.

The company had instructed shop stewards to return to work even though the NUM cautioned that it was not safe.

"The union is concerned that the company's pre-occupation with profits and the police incompetence may lead to a serious bloodbath in Rustenburg," he said.

Comment from Lonmin was not immediately available.

Marikana anniversary

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it was tragic that the murder happened days before the 16 August Marikana shooting anniversary.

"We see yet more evidence that violence remains endemic in the Rustenburg area," spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"This latest atrocity demonstrates that the framework agreement for a sustainable mining industry, signed by organised labour... organised business, and government on 3 July 2013 is simply not being effectively implemented."

On 16 August last year, 34 miners were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police fired on them while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence.

The framework agreement was aimed at resolving issues like strikes and violence bedevilling the mining industry, especially in the Rustenburg platinum belt.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  cosatu  |  num  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest  |  marikana inquiry  |  marikana anniversary

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Mkhwebane makes her mark

2016-10-23 00:00 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.