NUM: Marikana in state of disorder

2012-09-18 00:00

NATIONAL Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni has described the situation in Marikana as “descending into anarchy” and said the military was right to intervene.

He told City Press on the sidelines of the Cosatu congress, which started in Midrand this morning, that NUM had received reports of women being raped and of petty theft and looting in the settlement following the killing of 45 people in the six-week long unrest, following a wildcat strike.

Thirty-four of those people were killed during a police shooting last month.

Baleni said that about two weeks ago, two women were raped after men entered their homes looking for men to join the protest on the “mountain”, in the area called Wonderkop.

“They were busy washing, and the men just raped them. They didn’t even report it to the police,” he said.

Baleni said the troubles at Marikana and the preparations for the congress had kept him busy. “I didn’t sleep last night, I only got to sleep this morning,” he said.

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