77 arrested in mine related crimes

2012-10-13 22:57

Johannesburg - Seventy-seven people, including 72 miners from the Gold Fields KDC's Kloof mine, were arrested in Westonaria, Gauteng police said on Saturday.

Brigadier Neville Malila said the miners were arrested on Friday night after a group of 5 600 miners staged a sit-in after an illegal march.

"A total of 72 miners, one in the possession of a firearm with seven rounds of ammunition, were arrested," Malila said in a statement.

"Public order police were called in to defuse the situation and break up the illegal gathering. Negotiations with the group failed and rubber bullets and stunned grenades were used to defuse the situation."

They were arrested on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, he added.


"The miners arrived in buses at the police station and demanded the release of 13 miners arrested earlier the day."
He said the group broke gates, counters and windows at the police station.

On Friday afternoon 13 miners were arrested for public violence, assault, intimidation and attempted murder.

"The suspects were arrested after the assault and attempted murder on two National Union of Mineworkers' shop stewards," said Malila.

Malila said on Saturday morning, five people were arrested at the Kopanong Hostels in connection with the assault of two NUM shop stewards.

"Five suspects were arrested - three for the possession of unlicensed firearm, one for possession of a knife, one for possession of gold and one for possession of ammunition, dagga and counterfeit DVDs."


Malila said three people already appeared in court for the assault on the shop stewards.

"The case has been postponed to 2 November. Two of the suspects are in custody and charges against a third were dropped."
All 90 are expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

About 85% of the gold mine's 15 000 workers downed tools in September, over a range of issues which include a salary increase to R12 500, equal pay for equal jobs across all mines, and the removal of the NUM's branch leadership.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-13 23:06

    '1 in possession of firearm wit 7 rounds of ammunation' talkin abt real mafia's legally rollin on the streets bt yet we col them miners, they tink this ghetto-arrest them!!

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-13 23:34

      These strikers are killing south africa, they are the enemy of the people and the government is weak

      nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-13 23:48

      @ghana, they makin this country ungovernable! i dnt even tink they understand the meaning of the word all, 'we ALL demand R12 500p/m' bt 4 all even for a miner who was hired yesterday-no education, no relevant experience! who they tink they are? n now they promise 2 fight with their lives, what s that?

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-13 23:57

      Its about time the mines fought back, and take those idiots who murdered innocent people, caused anarchy for their fu&&ed up absolute fu&&en morons and will always be. we need education very fast...So this mindless way of thinking is eradicated.

      nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-14 00:20

      @shinning, this s bolts n nuts! they're dreaming bt not like Kekule, how can a below par worker (ALL) earn that kind of a salary? they want 2 automatically transform us swaziland or zimbabwe! bt wen that hapens 'Only the educated wil be free'

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-13 23:30

    Ah yes the old visibility trick. Soft targets that 98% will get bail for, first warnings, remanded sentences, let off with a warning. Policing doesn't magically change attitudes or belief systems, it just staves them off for a while.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-13 23:53

    77 down, 79 923 to go!

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-14 00:06

    all those who firmly supports these strikes they mst avail themselves 2 help donate food parcels to these thugs bcoz now they're sellin pirated DVD's to survive!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-14 02:22

    Common purpose again

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2012-10-14 05:54

    It's about time the government put in place a system to educate the masses.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-10-14 12:28

      Why would government do that? It suits them to have a host of uneducated criminals who will vote for them simply to get given a T-shirt and a couple of cans of food

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-14 06:31

    Country ratings are dropping everyday because of the strikes!!! Analysts are saying SA is on a downward spiral and we have a useless government with no backbone they can't take decisive actions against these thugs who only want to cause mayhem!!! Our government must protect this country from threats both foreign and domestic at ALL cost!!!! I wish that the Zuma government can understand this principle before its too late!!!!!!!!!

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-14 12:00

      yes so, keep voting ANC.... everything should be fine !!!!!!

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-10-14 12:29

      Government can't take action - they'll lose too many votes and then won't be able to get choice seats at the taxpayer feeding trough!

  • - 2012-10-14 06:41

    Grenades have feelings too - these were "stunned"!

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-14 06:54

    These thugs started in Marikana, nd the oppsition parties blamed the police, now they are out of order nd u expect the government to do wat? Leave the police out of politics

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2012-10-14 07:01

    I hope those grenades are fine... shame... those poor 'stunned' grenades...

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-14 07:56

    ...and the nation is expected to have regrets about 'Marikana Tragedy'?

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-14 08:04

    Oh please SAPS, a guy who is carying one counterfeit dvd that he bought on his way can be arrested for possesing it? Thats totaly sick of you now.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-10-14 12:31

      Piracy is illegal and tantamount to theft and possessing stolen goods. Anyone who buys pirated dvd's should be arrested too.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-14 09:16

    In the ANC some are far more equal than others SO CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR ANC and stay just as you are! You are the slaves to make the other few anc cadre's rich - so keep up with the violence BUT KEEP VOTING ANC. It's those white people that must be the problem - it cannot be anything other than whites so keep up with the violence - these policies must be known and murmured about but never openly acknowledged. Stick to your union, even though the union never helps you out! These union cadres are also the few anc rich that you vote for so KEEP VOTING ANC and stay as you are - slave forever.

  • njdejager - 2012-10-14 10:32

    COOL !

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-10-14 11:24

    Looks like our beautiful,beloved South Africa is smoking,something which could turn into killer flames.But I'm certain nobody wants it to happen.So,please ,my dear powers that be,put out the smoke.Remember,should it happen,chances are that everybody will be devoured.

  • mluleki.duku1 - 2012-10-14 12:03

    Mine bosses are so relaxed n ignorant while Blacks r suffering knowing that State Dogs ( SAPS ) will do watever it takes,even KILL to protect their interests. One day even SAPS will get tired of being misused especial the New Generation of Police Service. Its high time for our gorvenment to act before we experience CIVIL WAR.

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