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Police still monitoring Marikana

2012-08-22 11:14

Johannesburg - The police would continue to monitor the Wonderkop area, in Marikana where 44 people were killed when Lonmin platinum mine rock drillers embarked on a strike, North West police said.

"Obviously we will maintain high police visibility until the situation is calm," spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said.

Earlier, EyeWitness News reported that protesters were calling for the police to leave the area saying that they were intimidating the community.

"If there have been any cases of intimidation, protesters should open a case at the police station," said Adriao.

Last week, the platinum mining company's rock drill operators embarked on a protest that saw 10 people, including two security guards and two police officers, killed.

The protests culminated in clashes with the police on Thursday, in which 34 miners were shot dead, more than 70 injured and 260 arrested.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher pay.

Comments
  • rbphiri - 2012-08-22 11:59

    I sincerely feel sorry 4 the 34 miners killed in the Lonmin massacre. But believing in a sangoma's ability 2 make u impervious 2 bullets is stupid, it's the same as saying hey lets go rape a bee hive.

      Danny Hlakong - 2012-08-22 12:30

      Lol.rbobiri

      dimitripappas - 2012-08-22 12:52

      I sincerely feel sorry 4 the 10 INNOCENT people including 2 police who were chopped alive with pangas and spears. In contrast, I don't feel any sympathy for the 34 miners (that you feel sorry for) who were justly punished with the death penalty for their previous cold-blooded murder and intent to kill even who knows how many more police. I don't want to KNOW what would have happened if the police didn't have guns on that day. And you feel sorry for the thugs? Shame on you. If you have the logic to sympathize with criminals, then you may as well believe the Sangomas too?..because both are completely irrational

  • herman.mosima - 2012-08-22 12:30

    Political posturing. Your advise could have been most welcome if you gave the police an idea how to deal with this violent action by employees. Maybe, just maybe, this undesirable event might have been avoided. when ten people lost their lives initially you were no where to be seen. What is the difference between first incident of death and the second? you bore us with this politicking of yours morons, keep away from real issues and give chance to real people to sort this out.

  • Witty Dot - 2012-08-22 14:29

    i don't see the police calm the situations in Marikana. surly if they didn't intrude on that goes low, we wouldn't claim that high nr of death. they where there jst to provoke and intimidate the community cause they think they have control over people's life. pathetic police

  • dseloana - 2012-08-22 15:37

    I HONESTLY DO NOT BLAME THE POLICE FOR WHAT THEY DID, IF YOU COULD SEE THE PICTURES OF HOW BRUTALLY THE POLICE WERE MURDERED??

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