NUM possible instigators, inquiry hears

2013-01-30 22:23
Marikana inquiry (Picture: Sapa)

Marikana inquiry (Picture: Sapa)

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

kalahari.com

Rustenburg - The National Union of Mineworkers may have been an instigator in the violence at Lonmin's Marikana mine, the Farlam commission of inquiry heard on Wednesday afternoon.

"We are going to argue it is the turning point in the whole episode... when the strikers see NUM as being opposition, people who are responsible for the attack on them," Ishmael Semenya, for the police, told NUM member and Lonmin employee, Saziso Gegeleza.

Gegeleza said: "It's possible that it really aggravated [them]".

Semenya was referring to Gegeleza's testimony about the events of 11 August, when striking workers tried to attack the NUM's office at the platinum mine, in the North West.

Gegeleza said confiscated weapons were handed out to union members to defend themselves after they heard a group of strikers was heading towards the office to burn it down.

"I was given a knobkerrie and a spear," Gegeleza said.

He testified the group of strikers had sticks, knobkerries, pangas and spears.

"I had fear. I was afraid, but I wanted to protect my life as well as the offices of the NUM."

He said that as the two groups were about to meet, gunshots were fired and the strikers retreated.

Semenya asked why they did not simply lock the office and leave before the strikers arrived.

"It never crossed my mind to lock the NUM office and let it be attacked." He said it felt like they were being disrespected.

Semenya argued that the group of union members instead insisted on fighting and thereafter chased after the strikers.

"You were inviting the danger."

Gegeleza denied this and said they needed to follow them to stop them from planning another attack.

Semenya asked whether this had not made the NUM members aggressors.

"I disagree, but anyone who was not present there could see it that way because that person did not see what happened," Gegeleza said.

Semenya argued this was a turning point and from there the strikers saw the NUM as their enemies. He said they never gave strikers a chance to present possible demands and instead armed themselves and attacked them.

Gegeleza said it was possible the strikers were aggravated before 11 August by seeing NUM members driving miners to work the day before.

The commission was adjourned until Thursday when NUM president Senzeni Zokwana will testify.

The commission is probing the deaths of 44 people at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August 2012.

On 16 August, 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police opened fire while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near the mine.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were hacked to death.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  num  |  senzeni zokwana  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry  |  mining unrest
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
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Wine
 

You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

You might not know what a Tsunami Flip is, but just watching this will turn your eyes into saucers. Check out this first-ever MTB Tsunami Flip in contest here.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Top tips to ensure you’re running right
Stand-up paddle boarding a great workout

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

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

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

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and 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

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Power and leadership are emphasized today. It is important to strategize and delegate well otherwise you may end up with too much...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.