100s of miners march through Marikana

2012-09-05 10:41

Rustenburg - Hundreds of miners started marching from Lonmin's mine in Marikana to its mine in Karee on Wednesday morning in an apparent attempt to stop their colleagues from working there.

Reuters news agency put the number of marchers at more than 1 000.

Led by police Nyala vehicles, the miners planned to make their way through the town of Marikana and walk the 5km to Karee.

Security had been tightened at the Marikana mine in anticipation of the march, with additional mine security guards and police on patrol from dawn.

On Tuesday, about 200 mineworkers met at the Karee mine's shaft 30, and tried to get their colleagues to stop working. Another march was then planned for Wednesday morning.

'R12 500 or nothing else'

Police in armoured vehicles also kept an eye on the Nkaneng squatter camp at Wonderkop, near the Marikana mine.

One man at the front of the column waved a placard reading "We want 12 500 or nothing else" in reference to the demand of a monthly salary of R12 500.

Talks between worker representatives, unions, the labour department and management were expected to resume on Wednesday in Rustenburg.

Workers have been on strike for the past three weeks.

On August 16, police fired on a group of protesting workers near the mine, killing 34 and wounding 78.

Another 10 people were killed earlier that week, including two policemen and two security guards.

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  • pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-09-05 10:47

    Actually hope they bring the mine to its knees, and it closes down. Where will they march to then, I wonder? Union Buildings?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-05 10:53

      Is that a donkey jaw he's wielding about? What's this, Samson v 2.0?

      anneke.liebenberg - 2012-09-05 11:21

      Hope the close the mine down? Are you nuts?? What about the other 27000 people that work for Lonmin South Africa? They will be out of jobs too!

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-05 11:24

      I agree, the only way these idiots will learn is when they have no work and no the words of trevor noah: "Eish, how much are those tickets to australia again?"

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-09-05 11:47

      @anneke, yes, the point I was trying to make. A lot more people will be out of jobs if these imbeciles continue the way they are.

  • lulama - 2012-09-05 10:51

    At least Julius is not there by the look of things. Hope this gets resolved soon.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-05 11:38

      This is the result of him being there in the first place - but you won't see him on the front line.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-05 10:52

    the photo says it all........must be in the dna.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 10:54

    Well, so much for free will, freedom of movement and others rights. Why do these people think they are so special?

      sean.murphy.165 - 2012-09-05 11:34

      Justin. What a toss you are. Koos makes a valid point. The strikers demand that their own rights are respected yet they have zero respect for the rights of others. Hipocracy much.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 11:41

      @justin.holland.50596: Come here, let me hack you to pieces and set you alight then let me know how you feel about it.

  • vsabela - 2012-09-05 10:54

    they never gonna get that kind of money..300% increase has never happened in the history of mzansi...if general workers get 12 500,how much will engineers with degrees get at that people want more money wth less work

      Nick King - 2012-09-05 11:56

      Vsabela, this is not a race issue, if those miners were 3000 uneducated white miners I'm sure they would be rioting as well, NOT with pangas and sticks, but they would be rioting. The wantobe politicians and labour unions that feed on the uneducated majority and fuel the fire need their heads checked and need to be held responsible for their actions. You don't see the police rioting for more pay when they probably earn as much as the mine workers, do not get housing allowances and work in environments just as dangerous as these miners!

      chuck.farley.104418 - 2012-09-05 12:31

      Uh... Nick... slow down...

  • johana.salivan - 2012-09-05 10:55

    Title is misleading. Should say "Mob of 100s of armed men going to stop workers from working in mines"

      justin.holland.50596 - 2012-09-05 11:11

      No, mobs of police killing miners...

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-05 11:42

      Don't talk rot justin, the mob attacked the police armed with Pangas and guns, when will people learn you can't just demand and receive, this mob are intent on harming innocent workers that value their jobs and realise the futility of demanding a near 300% increase, a realistic request, dealt with by a caring Union would have avoided this mess, Lonmin can never accept their unreasonable demands, apart from Lonmin setting a precedent that would affect mines across the country, companies cannot be bullied by their workforce, in the end everybody loses out.

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-09-05 11:01

    Just another day in lovely Mzansi

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-05 11:07

    Did they apply for permission from the authorities like everyone else has to?

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-05 11:07

    look at the clown in the picture, he wants R12500, you got to be kidding me? these guys dont realize there is gonna be no mine to work for if they carry on this way, this clearly shows the education levels are way below average in our country! Zuma you need to first sort the people out before you sort yourself out with mercs, houses and overseas trips for you and your family, there is alot more responsibilty to running a country than you think! as for us people this clearly shows how we have to have a change of leadership and it should NOT be about colour at the end of the day, we just want a person who can lead and be there for our country when needed most! i think the people forget that most of our leadership are involved in the mines and only wish to do what is good for them and not for the poeple! i myself am a father and i have been working for 10 years at the same company and i am not even earning that amount yet after tax, i battle month to month but i still get on with life cause i have a family to be responsibly for! as for Julius Malema he should have no say and the mines should not allow him onto the premisses unless it is for business cause all he is doing is going to a mine and causing trouble that should never of been there in the first place! he has got so desprate that he has taken advantage of the poeple who havent had the education to what is right and what is wrong, all he has done is make promises and miss led the people!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-05 11:07

    Government and big business is learning the hard way that the call to band together in support of the country's future cannot rest on the working class alone, time to realize that your calls will be ignored as long as you demand loyalty and sacrifice from the work force while posting the same profits for yourself.

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-05 11:08

    They look like somehting out of the stone age! For goodness sake, pity they don't show this on sky news and CNN and let the world see what we have to put up with.

  • justin.holland.50596 - 2012-09-05 11:08

    All I can do it shake my at the comment. To me it looks like that people want death and loss of human life. Shame on you South Africa..... Would you that make these comments work in a hellhole for R4000 a month?

      Arm_Witmens - 2012-09-05 11:19

      tell that to the 2 policemen and the fellow miners that got killed by "their own" NO sympathy. They deserved what they got. RELOAD

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-09-05 11:40

      You seem to forget the benefits that are tagged onto that R4000.00. They get more than you realise.

      jason.slabber.3 - 2012-09-05 12:09

      No one has forced them to work there...the miners that died, lost their lives by choice, they chose to believe that muti would make them invincible, they chose to strike illegally and they chose to charge at the police. You my friend are what the educated people in this forum would call a troll.

      chuck.farley.104418 - 2012-09-05 12:40

      When you done hugging seals Justin, grow up! This represents more that just striking miners. South Africa is tired of this B.S. that is going on Ad Infinitum. Where a miniscule percentage of the population tries its hardest to cause anarchy for an extra R200.00 per month. The only ones who benefit are the unions yet honest, hard working South Africans have to suffer because of the insanity of the few. Yes dammit I say reload and keep shooting till the madness ends because maybe next time they will think twice before trashing our factory gate and threating to burn our staff alive at our next strike!

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-05 11:08

    And when they turn violent and start threatening lives should the cops just toss popcorn at them? If they so much as lift a finger or destroy a item of property they should be tossed down the damn shafts.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-05 11:10

    These twats dont learn hey ,. Lonmin cut your losses and close the mine , they will get their hadfull of nothing ells

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-09-05 11:13

    No work,NO PAY... Its waste of time coz at da end of the day they won't get what they want.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-05 11:16

      There are many thousands that would do anything to get that job. FIRE them!

      rhulani.maluleke.90 - 2012-09-05 11:30

      No work no pay is not a problem,But we will find what we want or lonmin park the bags and go way from our minerals and we will save our energy when the company loosing billions,lol

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 11:45

      @rhulani.maluleke.90: You might want to keep in mind that to have energy means you first have to have fuel. Also, you sure you will be the first to be picked for jobs once they leave? Who would want to employ a worker that destroyed his previous employer?

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-05 11:21

    Stupid armchairs critics,these Miners know what they want i.e R12500 or bust,the police cannot kill all the miners look today the came in large numbers regardless of threats from being killed by police! Forward BA bereki forward

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-05 11:25

      Not half as stupid as people demanding things that cant happen. Go ask someone with a brain to explain economics 101 for you.

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-05 11:36

      well then maybe i should go become a policemen for the day and get myself a gun cause they were not in the wrong and they also have a family to look after,so tell me why should they be killed for doing their jobs and protecting themselves? they are not the ones threatening and burning people alive while in a car or going around cutting up other law enforcement officers!

  • masego.shongwe.7 - 2012-09-05 11:26

    It is fine if they want to march as long as it is a peaceful march, BUT trying to stop others from going to work! that is not on

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-05 11:31

    Trying to stop others from working is not on, let us hope they arrest some more people.

  • stroh.rum.14 - 2012-09-05 11:34

    Its really funny that people still thinks these miners earn R4000, when in reality they pay much closer to R12000. Not bad for an unskilled person. The ones paying R4000 are the ones that don't show up to work and can't be fired because of current labor laws.

      Billy - 2012-09-05 11:45

      now THAT sounds like a song of truth, thanks, that never crossed my mind.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-05 11:35

    Malema stirred this all up! I think he has pushed his luck once too many times.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-05 11:46

    people are busy saying these people are not getting paid R4000 and they are lazy....have you seen their salary advice? Have ever been a rock driller? Solidairy will say they earn close to 12k because they represent the minority that doesn't work as rock drillers. Have you seen the conditions that these people live under? The mine makes billions in profits while milking our minerals, what are they giving back to communities? Come on people don't let your hatred for the majority cloud your judgement. Yes if the mine closes down it's fine these people have been struggling for a while now, from apartheid into the democratic despensation....let the mine close and these people will be ANC's problem as they promised them jobs. You want the ANC to fail? this might be their downfall.

  • Doep100 - 2012-09-05 11:55

    News24 get your facts straight! Eastern Platinum has no 30 shaft. There's 1shaft, 2shaft, 3shaft, Saffy shaft, Newman shaft and Hossy shaft. They marched from the Hostel past Saffy shaft up to 1shaft. I know because I was there...

  • zikhona3 - 2012-09-05 12:03

    The striking miners has got nothing to do with Malema,these miners want min wage 12 500 which is they democratic right. If management

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-05 12:09

      well your buddy Malema has got himself involved and when their request sorry demand for R12500 doesnt happen, who do you think they gonna turn to? MALEMA and when he cant deliver it will be to late! if they dont like what they are getting them get another job or move over for the people who would be more than greatful to have their jobs and their pay! you forget that a person who knows his job and has studied for it deserves it, thats the point of studying and working hard!

      logical007 - 2012-09-05 12:11

      R12500 is minimum wage??????? wow!! Dude I want what you smoking! There are educated degreed people in SA not earning R12500 -'minimum wage'

  • takalani.prince - 2012-09-05 12:06

    You people are full of hatred ,just get rid of your slavery mentality,our counterfeit democtratic government is the cause of everything.

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-05 12:16

      who is "you people"? always an excuse to blame someone, you are a coward and i bet you wont go far in life if you dont realize that it has nothing to do with "you people" as i said! grow up little takalani, nothing comes easy and this is the way the rest of the world works, not just these miners and their stupid demands!

      takalani.prince - 2012-09-05 12:35

      Truth hurts Brother andrew!

      chuck.farley.104418 - 2012-09-05 12:45

      Your government is uesless yet you will still vote for them. The only thing that is counterfeit is your resolve buddy.... The definition of insantiy: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" By this very definition ANC supporters are clearly insane.

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-05 12:54

      oh now im your brother Takalani yet before you were calling me "you people", cant back yourself up! typical, go get a education and take your racists crap with you!

      takalani.prince - 2012-09-12 16:57

      Blood suckers!!!

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-05 12:08

    Miners are behaving like spoiled brats now.Some medical Doctors went to medical school for 6 to 7 years and they save people's lives and yet some of them dont even earn R12,500 per month.Every job is important,so what makes miners so special?.They should just grow up.

  • Essy1945 - 2012-09-05 12:12

    Oh great here we go again... Malema did want to nationalise right! I say close the mines no, no, take them and give them to government, then Malema can pay those exhorbitant wages with 10%++ increases per year and all the other demands, and then he can manage and sort out the deaths of different factions (those who want to work and those who want it for freeeeee), and unions (who will become like Cosatu - just other policital party) and we can sit back and watch the country go down, down, down! Shounds stupid - exactly and that is precisely why I am paying less and less to taxes (yes you can't avoid VAT - or can you)! Less taxes less fo Malema to take from Zuma, less for Malema to pay into and off-shore account and hang aroung the UK (until his tierd of the west just like buddy boy "Robert"), and less he can reap from the already stretched and few contributing to the economy of this country.

  • zikhona3 - 2012-09-05 12:29

    The miners has got the right to strike for wage increase they demand 12 500 min, the question should be how much the company is willing to pay the workers. Clearly 4000 is not enough under the condition they working in. Keep on striking till they come up with reasonable offer.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-05 12:38

    still think 4000 is more than enough for them, many people with professional qualifications are not getting that 12500, if unskilled, uneducated without even metric you take whatever your employer gives you. so if they are not happy they must just look for another jobs and stop boring us. this must be a lesson for the youth, get educated or else this circle will never be broken.

  • Tom van Niekerk - 2012-09-05 16:33

    malama is just a crazy guy he needs a bit of help if it wud ever help him anyway

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