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Police officers killed at mine identified

2012-08-17 22:16

Johannesburg - The two policemen who were killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West earlier this week have been identified.

National police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said the officers were Warrant Officer Tsietsi Hendrik Monene from the public order police in Mpumalanga and Warrant Officer SR Lepaaku from the North West public order police.

The two officers were killed on Monday afternoon during violent protests at the mine.

Police, however, were yet to complete the identification of the people killed in the shooting on Thursday.

"Our detectives are busy with the identification process. I cannot say when we will be able to release the names," Adriao said.

More than 40 people have been killed since violence erupted over the last week.

Comments
  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-08-17 23:01

    May your souls rest in peace

  • dumisani.mamane - 2012-08-17 23:13

    Its said wat hapend der may daya soul rest in peace.plzzzz nomore kiling

  • marelizeleroux - 2012-08-17 23:23

    Rest in peace to my colleagues who have paid the ultimate price. The fear that every police officer's family faces every day has become a reality for your loved ones. My prayers are with them in their time of sorrow.

  • carmen.koen.1 - 2012-08-17 23:47

    May their souls find rest and my heart goes out to their families. Its a sad state of affairs when our police force are being murdered off because they do not have the \right\ to use force!! And when they do, they get shunned and spat on!! Its disgusting... Our police force aren't running around with weapons killing ppl because they want a wage increase?! They sure as hell don't earn enough as it is yet they put their lives on the line everyday for us! The least we can do is stand behind them and grant them the right to bloody defend themselves!? Let them live in dignity not die like animals!!! If a mass of animals with panga's come at me after they murdered my colleagues in cold blood?! I would shoot to kill!! I'm pretty sure anyone else would do the same!

      eduardo.trombetta.963 - 2012-08-18 02:13

      At one stage minimum force and maximum force used to be the drill used when either army or police was called upon to control any particular violence. After the shocking news that two police who probably did or did not provoke the necessary action for the mob to turn and hack them to death, I personally in the policemen position would also revert to maximum force when faced with rioters who are waving weapons that could be considered lethal. The true definition of the shooting only resulted as a case to defend one self when a suddenly being confronted with gush of humans all armed coming at you with intentions unknown to those who are being persued. I can only say that the media are making a big issue giving the police on duty a black name, instead of looking at it realistically and putting themselves in the same position of the police who opened fire on the group of persons approaching them. Yes just the same like most others who condemn such happenings I too feel that it is a tragidy but in no way condem those who defended themselves.

      Paseka Gaoagoe - 2012-08-18 02:18

      if i was the cops i would kill more of those hooligans. they killed 2 cops, 2 security guards and 6 of their colleagues. if u kill you get killed. thanks to the SAPS.

  • Khomotso Lefofane - 2012-08-18 04:50

    two security gaurds where brutally murdered by those holligans , whats happening to africans killing each other for money. why is no one commenting about the two unions in dispute because they are the force that drove this matter to where it is. my condolencess to thier families may the good Lord watch over them.

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-18 08:59

      No matter what the story is with the Unions, that they'll have to sort out BUT it still does not give the miners the right to act like complete hooligans AND KILL PEOPLE!! It is the worst thing in the world to lose a loved one but these loved ones should've avoided conflict in the first place. Was it worth it? No!! Now it's their own fault their families sit in the positions they're in.. It is heartbreaking but something that could've been avoided had it been done the right way. It is SO hard to find work these days and at the moment, to have a job you are lucky and you don't jeopardize it. Be civilized, sit down, discuss & reach a conclusion. Instead they choose to do it this way and people get killed!! Just because some1 wears a police uniform does not mean that there is not a person beneath it, who is human too, somebody who's providing a service ad somebody that also deserves and has a right to HIS life!! Are they just supposed to take what comes their way? I think every human has a right to die or live, trying to fight for their life. If somebody threatens me and I can, I WILL FIGHT BACK! Who gives them the right to take my life but if I retaliate I am the bad one.. Come on

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-08-18 05:55

    What about the funding of the education for the children of the police personel who were hacked to death ,do these thugs suddenly become more imortant than those who were doing their job ???????

  • Calistox - 2012-08-18 06:11

    for me there is no reason to blame no cop or the protester , cause cops were doing their job as the miners were protesting for their rights. this situation can happen to anybody me or even you. nobody should be blamed.

      lucille.cupido.399 - 2012-08-18 08:34

      Why protesting with weapons

  • marcdefl - 2012-08-18 07:44

    Pity about any loss of life. Blame falls on a mine and construction workers union leaders charge them with the murder of all those killed in this disaster. There was a legitimate union agreement in place at the mine so so reason at all for any strike never mind the senseless violence and deaths. Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)- must be charged with murder.

      Bernadette Amir - 2012-08-18 07:54

      i fully agree

  • Bernadette Amir - 2012-08-18 07:53

    The blame should squarely lie with the unions hold them responsible for not honouring the agreements these people already signed. They are the ones that should feel remorseful. And for these people that is going back on an agreement based on what some idiot thought up over night, you are even more so for believing in this idiots. And cause of that u have caused over 40 families left without (probably) the breadwinners of their homes.

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-08-18 08:01

    Yerr more than 40 people have been killed since violance erupted from last week, this is really bad. I am sure those were the bread winners, I wonder how are the families feel now. It's really painful I must say.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-08-18 08:21

    We as breadwinners for our family must be more responsible for our actions and how it affects our famiies. A policeman knows he is putting his life on the line, it is part of his work - his family knows this, and somehow fits this fact into their daily lives. On the other hand, to bear arms against the persons entrusted to keep law and order is very foolish, no matter what the situation. Caught up in the emotion of the moment, trying to prove their manhood, impressing friends - no thought of their children, of their wives, leaving behind shattered lives - a very foolhardy thing to do. R.I.P all who have died.

  • Buti Mokoena Wale SwaiSwai - 2012-08-18 08:59

    plz plz hands of 2 our police who will serve nd protect us guys i am still shockd wt dis whole mariekana saga

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-18 10:14

      What Buti said

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-18 09:00

    No matter what the story is with the Unions, that they'll have to sort out BUT it still does not give the miners the right to act like complete hooligans AND KILL PEOPLE!! It is the worst thing in the world to lose a loved one but these loved ones should've avoided conflict in the first place. Was it worth it? No!! Now it's their own fault their families sit in the positions they're in.. It is heartbreaking but something that could've been avoided had it been done the right way. It is SO hard to find work these days and at the moment, to have a job you are lucky and you don't jeopardize it. Be civilized, sit down, discuss & reach a conclusion. Instead they choose to do it this way and people get killed!! Just because some1 wears a police uniform does not mean that there is not a person beneath it, who is human too, somebody who's providing a service ad somebody that also deserves and has a right to HIS life!! Are they just supposed to take what comes their way? I think every human has a right to die or live, trying to fight for their life. If somebody threatens me and I can, I WILL FIGHT BACK! Who gives them the right to take my life but if I retaliate I am the bad one.. Come on

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-08-18 09:04

    Condolences to these two men who were doing thier duty and serving thier country - i hope thier wives, children and families will receive support and study funds. Afterall they are the victims of this criminal violence...!

  • Blipsie - 2012-08-18 09:15

    I'm reading some of the comments regarding all these articles about Lonmin and I'm mystified. Where I live if you so much as pick up a brick to throw at a police officer, it's open season on you boet. Hence, with serious election riots, last year, in our country only 2 lives were lost. One guy ran in front of oncoming traffic, the other guy, well he picked up a brick to throw at a police officer. Nobody else even tried violence. There was a lonely open little landrcruiser with a few police officers on the back and they effectively controlled thousands. At some point a line needs to be drawn. It is never okay, under any circumstances to display violence towards members of the public or the police force. Because of the general public's view in regards to what happened is why rioters run your country and kill and steal and destroy under the guise of prostesting.

      Shane Loxton - 2012-08-18 10:01

      i agree with u 100%

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-18 10:15

      Where do you live. I want to move there

  • Mlu.Tolo - 2012-08-18 14:47

    The reason why we wont hear the end of this is because 34 Thungs were gunned down and 2 Police and security guards attacked n killed. Should it has been vise-vesa 34 Police officers, there wouldnt be this much Noise coz according to SA public (blacks) inparticular, Police as Dogs that should be slained and they celebrate.

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