Amplats strike: Man dies after shooting

2012-10-11 18:00

Johannesburg - A second man died on Thursday in violent protests by striking miners at the Nkaneng informal settlement in Photsaneng near Rustenburg, police said.

"He sustained two bullet wounds and succumbed to his injury in hospital," said Captain Dennis Adriao.

"About 400 mineworkers gathered at the informal settlement around 06:00 and the man was shot and wounded. He was airlifted to hospital."

Adriao said a group of striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers were apparently behind the shooting.

A man was burnt to death on Thursday morning at the informal settlement, and a minibus taxi and a car were torched.

"Forty people have been arrested for public violence," he said.

A group of striking workers gathered at the Bathopele Mine. "The police and mine security dispersed that group," Adriao said.

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane advised motorists to avoid the Marikana road past Bleskop stadium in Nkaneng because it was barricaded with stones.

"The situation is still unstable," he said.

North West Taxi Council spokesperson Bernard Afrika said taxi operations in Photsaneng, Bleskop, and the surrounding areas had been suspended for safety reasons.

"We have suspended operations until the police restore order and it is safe to operate.

"The primary task of a taxi is to transport people," he said.

Afrika said two minibus taxis were transporting people to work and other places when they were burnt.

"Not all the people in the taxis were going to the mines. Some were children going to school and others were women going to clinics and other places. We cannot confirm whether they were going to the mine."

Passengers and drivers ran away when the taxis were stopped and later set alight.

"Striking mineworkers do not want people to go to work. They burnt taxis suspected of transporting people to work. This is the second incident, during the Marikana strike, [when]... taxis were also set alight," he said.

Criminal elements

The sacked workers' spokesperson, Gaddafhi Mdoda, condemned the violence.

"We do not know who is behind this. The violence is getting out of hand."

He said criminal elements within communities near the mines might be using the strike to commit crime.

"We cannot afford to have more enemies. We already have enemies - the government, mine management, and the National Union of Mineworkers [NUM] - we cannot afford to have our brothers and sisters as enemies," he said.

Workers went to the Bathopele Mine to stop it from operating.

"We want to shut this mine down, it is the only mine operating," he said.

Bathopele was the only mine operating as usual following the illegal strike on 12 September.

Other components of Amplats operating normally were the concentrators, smelters, and refineries.

Workers at Amplats went on an illegal strike on 12 September, demanding a monthly salary of R16 000 and allowances.

The company fired 12 000 workers after they failed to appear in disciplinary hearings.

Despite the dismissals, workers have vowed not to appeal and still regard themselves as Amplats workers.

On Wednesday, they marched to the NUM's offices in Rustenburg to de-register their membership with the union.

  • ChristelleJames - 2012-10-11 18:05

    They did say they will fight to death, did they not?

      Lyndatjie - 2012-10-11 18:08

      I agree... people get what they ask for.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-10-11 18:11

      So let them die and give their jobs to people willing to work

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-11 18:11

      Its all about "a show of strenght" by Cosatu to the ANC and NUM saving face after being out-smart by Marikana workers.

  • Cameron - 2012-10-11 18:06

    Time to fight fire with fire SAPS! Innocent hard working citizens are getting killed because they want to do the right thing and work! Time to clean the guns and fill the magazines! These criminals cannot be allowed to continue in this manner!

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-10-11 18:08

    Barbarians.... Who you gonna blame this time? I think the guilty parties must be made to work and pay the victims families their salaries

  • Erna - 2012-10-11 18:09

    So killing people is now considered public violence.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-11 18:10

    Yep, that piece of cardboard he is holding will definitely stop anything from hitting him, especially if it has been treated with muti, it will stop bullets as well!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-11 18:15

    These hooligans deserve everything they get - as long as it is not a job, or heaven forbid, an increase! They should be treated with the same contempt they show..

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-10-11 18:22

    Shoot the f@ckers!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 18:28

    So do we spiral down into ever worsening violence until the dreaded civil unrest country wide is the inevitable outcome,after that we may as well kiss peace and security goodbye don't be surprised to see,those that can,rushing to buy tickets to fly out of here..when that happens then it will be everyone for themselves and we better stand together or we all will burn!

  • LeroyTsotetsi - 2012-10-11 19:12

    This democratic right thing is being abused. i really dont understand why these people are still 'striking' because their wage deal with their employers ends next year.

  • Ntsiki Gebuza - 2012-10-11 19:23

    this is out of control!

  • dean.cent.9 - 2012-10-11 19:25

    Most of us have to pay for our mistakes which includes sometimes thinking misguidedly that a company cannot cope without us. These people are not even appealing and yet they have been sacked. Take it on the chin morons and get real with this world. You are out of a job now get a new one and if you cannot for years to come, maybe it is because you can easily be deemed a bad worker. The rest of us supply our CV and generally if we cannot keep our jobs, it affects the prospects/chances of our next employment. Stop your racism. just because of the colour of your skin does not mean you have a right for the rest of your life to be employed. Welcome to the real world and enjoy your chosen decisions to be unemployed and face the consequences. You tell your children you were such a moron as to be so easily led or so damn stupid. Tell your kids that you f'd up. Your biggest feat in life will be honesty to them. Tell them you enjoyed burining people and tell them they must not be as stupid as you. Tell them that if you go to war you may get killed, particularly carrying a weapon. tell your kids to never be as stupid as your father and tell them you are ashamed at your decisions. Tell them that because of your decisions and choices that you now have to live with the consequences. Make sure your kids are better than you. And more importantly, tell them that BEE etc is killing your race for it only means greatness to a few and this brings The Planet Of The Apes wrongness

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-11 19:34

    These are not people! These animals have no place in our society! When are we as decent citizens going to band together and rid ourselves from this crap!!! We work, we pay taxes and then we get rewarded with an incompetent government!

  • dean.cent.9 - 2012-10-11 19:45

    News24 you are out of order. I placed a comment and you have erased it. It was perfectly fine with no words that could be deemed a problem. No wonder are taking your criminal president to court for his dictatorship over posters jhe nebver agreed with. day you will pay for your sins and willing crookedness to the detriment of your country and fellow man

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-11 23:54

    where is shower man(Zuma) busy misusing our tax money @nkandla while inocent people are dying everyday

  • rowan.goss - 2012-10-12 10:59

    The death penalty would sort out alot of our countries issues, this being an appropriate example.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-10-13 20:04

    Talk about 'shi....g'on your own door-step. Only one loser here - the workers, or should I say 'wekers'.....

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