4 arrested after clash at Amplats

2012-10-13 19:31

Johannesburg - Four people were arrested following a violent clash overnight with protesters near an Anglo American Platinum shaft in Rustenburg, about 120 km northwest of Johannesburg, police said on Saturday.

Police and protesters clashed overnight near an Anglo American Platinum shaft, police said on Saturday, as crippling labour unrest shows no sign of ending.

Police said in a statement officers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse about 1 000 protesters who were marching on Friday night toward the Amplats' Khomanani 1 shaft near Rustenburg, about 120km northwest of Johannesburg.

The crowd responded with petrol bombs, damaging one police vehicle, police said. There were no reports of injuries.

Large parts of the platinum and gold mining industry have been brought to a standstill by wildcat strikes that started in early August and intensified after the police killing of 34 strikers at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine on 16 August.

List of grievances

Hundreds of miners marched on the headquarters of Impala Platinum in Johannesburg on Saturday to deliver a list of grievances to the company.

"We are here, we are at Impala," Lesiba Seshoka, a spokespersonman for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.
Seshoka put the number of marchers at 2 000, but the SABC said the number was closer to 600.

The weeks of strikes have undermined confidence in Africa's biggest economy and the government of President Jacob Zuma, which critics say has been slow to respond.

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch on Friday to BBB with a negative outlook, saying the strikes and social tensions could reduce fiscal flexibility and hurt growth.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-13 19:39

    \We are here, we are at Impala\ sheesh dude, I think everyone knew where they about stating the obvious.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-13 19:57

      Maybe they were following "blindly" --- sheep do.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 21:27

      Well it's good to know that they at least know where they are. Jury's still out as to what they are all about. They don't quite seem to know themselves

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-13 23:20

      South africans are killing their own country, they are not greatful for anything. The government is too soft they must go learn from other african countries and see how they punish the militants and criminals

  • Erna - 2012-10-13 19:56

    Slow to respond! Telling a business breakfast meeting that he 'condemns' the strikes is not a response. What happened to his promise of sending in the army? The police obviously haven't a clue.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-13 20:11

      Who supplied the Breakfast???White Farmers?

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-13 20:09

    Didn't know we had so many mines in SA.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 21:23

      Not so many any more. In 1994 mining formed 68% of South Africa's GDP. In 2011, just 20%. After this year, and with Adcorp's dire predictions, we're all going to get a moerse skrik as that revenue so much counted on, dreamed about and taken as a never-ending source of revenue, disappears. What do we have to replace it?

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-13 20:14

    shoot them

  • Bradley - 2012-10-13 20:14

    learning comes hard to the majority in any country, especially in our young new republic. We really need to build our economy not only for the necassary ambitions of big business, but we need money to mobilise the vast growing base of the SA economic \r\npyrimid. My message to the strikers would be: We get your point now go back to work, you need money and so does your children. Time to move into the 1st world guys, if you want more money.............make it, Everyone expects the working class to behave like warriors or barbarians to some.............come on strikers prove them wrong, show the world that the SA working class are clear and present builing blocks in the global economy.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-13 20:23


  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-13 20:25

    SAPS must just cull them!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 21:26

      Everyone would like to see someone, anyone, do something. SAPS is in the invidious position of having to live down the Marikana fiasco. They're going to err on the side of doing next to nothing rather than risk same again.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-13 20:29

    the crowd responded with petrol bombs oh wait aminute so just tell me now the police do they suppose to respond with romantic roses?

  • ignatius.makhura - 2012-10-13 20:43

    Next time if this kind of nonsense happen, call (maberete) they will show them the new version of marikana in 3D

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-13 21:19

    Though it's tragic that police and protesters are confronting each other at all, why don't our police use teargas and stun grenades (as in some other countries) rather than teargas and rubber bullets? Rubber bullets have also killed people. Surely stun grenades are a little more humane and effective if they have to be used at all?

  • mmuso.moikanyane.16 - 2012-10-13 21:40

    Give people money they were treated like slaves for a long time

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 22:58

      And since 1996 they've behaved like slaves. They have a plethora of rules, laws, processes and procedures. They pay union membership fees and form a considerable voting contingent. The Alliance has failed to do anything for the workers they so love and admire. And the workers have allowed them to do so. Now they lay their neglect at not only the employer's door but all citizens will be paying for decades to come.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-13 22:55

    s this a strike or civil war? \the crowd responded with petrol bombs\???

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2012-10-14 05:48

    Get to the cause of the problem and start by paying a realistic minimum wage.

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-10-14 08:04

    JZ tlk to the mine bosses thy must pay ths workers otherwise nothng wll stp thm to fght untl thy gt wht thy want,ths workers who goes to work whn the othrs are on strike thy must stop;the slogan says'AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL'!!!

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