Phiyega: Mine wouldn't talk to the faceless

2013-04-16 15:54
Riah Phiyega (File: AP)

Riah Phiyega (File: AP)

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

Rustenburg - Lonmin officials could not talk to "faceless people" during last year's wage-related strike, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

She was being cross-examined by Tim Bruinders, for trade union Amcu, at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg.

Phiyega said she met mine management several days before 16 August, when police shot dead 34 miners at the company's Marikana operation.

"Lonmin said it cannot talk to faceless people," said Phiyega.

"We asked about unions. They said NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) was an official union."

Phiyega said she understood the mine did not recognise the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. Police then provided pictures of the striking miners and showed them to Lonmin's head of security, who confirmed to management officials that they were mine employees.

She said they then encouraged management to address the miners. They did not object to doing so, she said.

"We encouraged that everybody must do what they can to secure a peaceful resolution."

Although she did not get a commitment from Lonmin, Phiyega said she was expecting them to talk to protesters.

"My impression was that they were an employer who had a responsibility," she said.

On Tuesday, relatives of the dead miners were at the commission, which is investigating the fatal shootings. Most of them occupied the second row of the auditorium at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  amcu  |  num  |  riah phiyega  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry  |  mining unrest

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

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
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
 

6 hiking routes you have to try

Here’s your guide to six hikes as well as what equipment you need.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The moon moves into your sign today enhancing your innovative and busy mind. It is easy to get lost in a zillion thoughts and...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.