A chorus of wailing as miners arrive at court

2012-08-20 15:35

Pretoria - There was a chorus of wailing outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, north of Pretoria, on Monday as trucks carrying arrested Lonmin mineworkers arrived after midday.

The group of 259 mine workers is set to make a first appearance on charges of public violence.

On Monday morning, a group of women protested at the court, demanding the release of their husbands, brothers and fathers.

Police instructed the protesters to leave the court building and they assembled in a street adjacent to the court, singing and dancing.

As police trucks carrying the mineworkers made their way into the court premises, escorted by police cars, the women started praying, some weeping hysterically.

Police officers holding shields had formed a barricade at the court entrance. The mineworkers could be heard singing in the police trucks at the entrance of the court premises.

Journalists and other people packed the small courtroom. The first lot of the mineworkers walked in a single file, filling the left side of the courtroom benches which had been reserved for them. Some of the men were holding hands.

The miners will be brought before court in different batches.

Former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was one of the people who sat in court, waiting for the matter to begin.

Shivambu had been singing and dancing amongst the protesting women outside the court.

The 259 miners were arrested on Thursday last week following a deadly clash with police at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West province.

A total of 34 people were killed in the shootout that erupted near the mine when police tried to disperse protesters. More than 78 people were wounded.

Ten people had already died in the lead up to the clash.

  • leigh.mos - 2012-08-20 15:50

    The 10 people who had already died, died at the hands of the very mob that now sits in the court. They were hacked to death, they were burn't alive... all because they were doing there jobs.

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-08-20 16:10

      Typical , none of them are sorry for what they have done - they sorry because they got caught.

  • werner.coetzer.311 - 2012-08-20 15:54

    As I understand it, after the ruling against the unions in the Cape, all of those families who lost a loved one can now sue the 2 unions for loss (not that it will ease their suffering, but at least send a message). Courts must just be merciless to these unions cause everyone knows these barbarians acted on the instructions of these opposing unions

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-20 15:55

    Hopefully they were singling that song.."Glad to be alive."

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-20 15:55

    Where were these women when their husbands/fathers/sons were hacking two policeman to death and murdering someone else's father/husband/son???

  • Matthew - 2012-08-20 15:55

    "Ten people had already died in the lead up to the clash." And so the other side to the story trickles out. ten people wernt just Murdered by these "protesters",they were svagely butchered. By the use of sticks punga's rocks,and etc. But its ok.they're on strike cause they dont get paid enough ?! If they dont get paid enough,sure,say something,do something about it.but this... BS.may justic be swift and harsh.Only regret: is that the UNION fat catz,that promoted all this violence,arnt in the front of the que going into this court room. This all could've been avoided had they not promoted violence as the means of resolution.cowards.

  • pistonpete.outriders - 2012-08-20 16:03

    Were they wailing & gnashing teeth when the guys went off to war....nope?

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-20 16:07

    Re the woman with the stupid plackard. Then if you hate the police, dont call them when you are being raped, your children abducted or your house burgled. Do it yourself. Your husband \ wife \ child was involved in illegal activity and got the treatment he\she deserved.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 16:47

      I tell you, those are the animals that keep dragging SA down.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-20 16:09

    LOL at metropolitan funeral cover ad below the article. "When the unexpected happens - 48 hour funeral payouts" - Nice placement guys. 10-10 to your marketing department.

  • george.pistorius - 2012-08-20 16:14

    They got what they deserved!!!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 16:30

    My comment deleted. I see we're playing that game again. No matter what the circumstances - this is exactly where we get it all wrong. One can understand the wailing at funerals from people who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy. But for those who incited violence? I'm sorry, but as long as we cannot seem to determine between right and wrong, and continue to support and sympathise with the criminal element, then we continue to send the message that it's OK. It' isn't OK. Stand up for your rights, protest etc, but lose the violence. Until we can do that, we will stay third world.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 16:34

      You and me both BigChief. I smell a rat.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 16:46

      More than one I think....

  • raymond.burger.50 - 2012-08-20 16:30

    The police were not at fault. They returned fire as they were fired upon by the miners. What do you want the court to do for you now? Do you want the court to give you money? Because if you get the money you want you must share it with the other people including the two police officers family that got hacked to death... I wonder if the police officers and the other that got hacked up if their families are in court as well? It has been a long time coming where protesters are just doing as they please damaging, wrecking and killing as they go along. The police were well within their limits and they reacted appropriately. You cant go shooting and hacking police officers without considering the repercussions. Every action has a reaction... It is way overdue that some or other authoritative agency grab this country by the nuts and shake it back in line. We are all equal... Strikers who fire at police are NOT more equal. For those who did not fire at the police who did all i have to say is... Meng jou met die semels, dan vreet die varke jou —

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-20 16:31

    I agree, where were these woman when the police were being attacked, why were they not wailing then. On tv, especially on sky tv they insinuating that the fault is that of the police. Why dont report properly and tell the people that the police were defending themselves against the mob. I really dont have much sympathy for these woman, what did they expect when their men went out there prepared to die. Somebody incited these strikers, Unions are to blame but let the truth be known there is an undercover agency at work there. Somebody is feeding these people false hope and stirring them up politically as well. These little incident is going to create an opening for another force to rise up. Its sickening when it costs of the lives of innocent people, they are always the ones that suffer. What for, ask give power to somebody so that they can enrich themselves.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-08-20 17:19

      The instigators of violence are the culprits..correct. First you complain to your superior over poor salary, he takes it further and if no results you protest - then you go on strike ... without weapons.

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-08-20 16:35

    No offence to anybody but firstly these men were in court because other peoples fathers, husbands and brothers were killed! Secondly these woman must get over themselves and go to their own jobs instead of singing outside a court and thirdly if these woman don't have jobs to go to then maybe they should let their brother, husbands and fathers know what a privilege it is to have a job at all.

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-20 20:33

      No you got it wrong ...They were in court because they were caught trying to kill police..Disrupt and create carnage under influence.....The order of the country was disrupted ....But they all had KFC.

  • tsndou - 2012-08-20 16:48

    all dis happening during the Women's month, its a shame that in our 18 years in the so-called democracy we are still experiencing this typ of behaviour of brutality and massacaring of our own with deadly automatic machine guns. We also hang our heads in shame for the insensitive comments that came from the General of the Police, the Minister of Labour and the General Secreatry of the SACP, Blade Nzimande.

  • raymond.burger.50 - 2012-08-20 16:55

    Fanie... They accepted the jobs knowing very well what they were getting into. If they didn't like it they could have resigned and do something else. If you feel your pay is not enough... What do you do? Do you go sit on a koppie and hack police officers and shoot at police? Or do you go and get another job. Please think! It is free!

  • zaks2217 - 2012-08-20 17:14

    I understand their plea but they way these minors went about doing this is very savage, killing their fellow workers. Insane! Imagine we start stabbing each other @ work, 'I wnt an increase now boss otherwise I will kill the admin chick'

  • kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-20 18:32

    its easier to pass blame than to be accountable, mob mentality, because others are doing it voids me of responsibility !

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