‘Leave weapons at home before striking’: Dlamini

2012-08-31 14:57

Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini has come out in defence of the police following the recent shoot-out at Lonmin where 34 workers died.

Addressing a leadership meeting of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), Dlamini said he would have no choice but to defend himself if he was attacked with a “sharp object”.

“Uma uza nomkhonto ngibona futhi uwukhothile ufun’ ukungigwaza, nginesibhamu I would defend myself (If you come with a spear and I can see that you have licked it and you want to stab me, if I have a gun, I would defend myself).

“You’ll die a foolish death if you fail to defend yourself...if you come to me with a sharp object aiming to kill me and I have something to defend myself with, I will defend myself,” he said.

His comments were in sharp contrast to a statement he made with Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi a week ago, where they lambasted the police for using excessive violence to contain demonstrations and strikes.

Dlamini said strikers should leave weapons at home before embarking on a strike.

The National Prosecutions Authority has since charged 270 of the workers with murder, following the death of their 34 comrades allegedly under police fire.

President Jacob Zuma has also appointed a judicial commission of enquiry to probe the shoot-out.

He also launched a scathing attack on expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s campaigns in mines, saying Malema was part of an agenda to cause instability in South Africa.

He said it was wrong of him to take advantage of people who are weak simply to score political points or to launch a political comeback.

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