Armed Marikana workers bear down on hospital

2012-09-11 16:19

Rustenburg - Security was tightened in Marikana, in North West, on Thursday afternoon when a group of armed Lonmin mineworkers marched towards a local hospital.

Moments after they left the open field they had occupied since morning, several police Nyalas and a private security company truck took up position in a street near the Andrew Saffy Memorial Hospital.

As the protesters approached, police barricaded the hospital's entrance with four vehicles. A police helicopter hovered overhead.

By 16:00, there was a tense standoff.

The protesters were carrying pangas, knobkerries, golf clubs, arrows and spears.

One of their leaders, Loyiso Mtsheketshe, said they wanted to instruct the hospital to stop discharging injured miners into police custody.

A protester said they also wanted to convey their concerns to the hospital about its role in the ongoing strike.

Police fired on protesting mineworkers on a hill near Lonmin's Marikana mine last month, killing 34 people and wounding 78. Another 260 were arrested at the scene, and 10 more upon their discharge from hospital.

The protesters claimed the police instructed hospitals to tell them when the wounded mineworkers were being discharged, and arrested them then - some even before they left the hospital premises.

On Tuesday morning, the striking Lonmin mineworkers flocked from all directions to an open space in Marikana for the beginning of another day of protest in demand of a wage increase.

They brought umbrellas with them to shield them from the scorching Rustenburg sun.

Media crews, many of them international, had set up camp there and observed the crowd.

There were also armed police in the area, with four police Nyalas parked at the entrance to a shaft at the nearby Karee mine.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 16:24

    They have no business with the hospital.

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-09-11 17:18

      They will shortly, but I wonder where they think they'll be taken to the next time the cops fill their useless arses with lead? Maybe they've found themselves a better witchdoctor this time around.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-09-11 16:24

    Just shoot the protesting scum!!! And ju ju too....

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-11 16:24

    Time to bring out the water canons and rubber bullets....maybe some tear gas. This is becoming ridiculous and extremely volatile.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-11 16:32

      Forget that some 7.65 mm bullets would be better

      chhpurdy - 2012-09-12 06:27

      I love the smell of burning napalm first thing in the morning

  • warren.rodel - 2012-09-11 16:25

    This is enough, now the police need to stabilize these criminal acts!

  • JackTrend - 2012-09-11 16:26


  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 16:27

    Okay can we please end this now? Either shoot the lot or close down the mines, PLEASE all they have managed to do is "rape" the system. Neanderthals

  • pietervonb - 2012-09-11 16:28

    No law in SA, ......

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-11 16:49

      "Out Law?"

      chanel.pringle - 2012-09-11 16:52

      Have to agree 100% with you!!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-09-11 16:30

    Send in the army to sort them savages

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-11 17:25

      Our once mighty defence force can't even stop a few rhino poachers.

  • dsundire - 2012-09-11 16:31

    Marikana becoming the Tahrir Square of SA... the centre of uprising

  • dsundire - 2012-09-11 16:31

    Marikana becoming the Tahrir Square of SA... the centre of uprising

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 17:46

      @sibusiso ~ ROLL ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING MY ASS OFF! Too funny!

      nads.delange - 2012-09-11 19:06

      Ah, thanks Sibusiso, I do enjoy some comedy every now and then!

  • Michael - 2012-09-11 16:32

    I hope government is not underestimating these people, these folkes pose a great danger to state security, miltary must be deployed to deal with these thugs, why are they still matching with weapons and nothing is being done to stop such behaviour, having weapon in public is a procecutable offence. Is government under pressure to apply the law because some miners were killed, they must go on and kill more thugs.

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-09-11 16:40

      Please Michael- the military will more likely join these criminals in striking

  • lydonmcg - 2012-09-11 16:32

    Who the HELL do these uncivilised idiots think they are?

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-09-11 16:33

    its not a peaceful march with pangas , knobkerries and golf clubs each of which can kill a person , don't cry foul when the police fire on you , march with empty hands if you need to carry anything carry a placard .

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-11 16:37

    This is not a way to seek for attention.Didn't your parents give you enough attention when you were growing?.I just wish they could just fire you from work and throw your dumb asses in jail.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-11 16:41

    One of their leaders, Loyiso Mtsheketshe, said they wanted to instruct the hospital to stop discharging injured miners into police custody. So now these illiterate, uneducated workers are making the law and running the country?

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-09-11 16:43

    please kill all of them, PLZZZZZZZ

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-09-11 16:44

    This is the time to arrest them - if they resist, shoot the legs and do not kill them, but at least get them all behind bars. It is high time to restore law and order; else the protesting mobs will multiply and become larger and larger...and eventually uncontrollable. - 2012-09-11 17:39

      During 1922 were striking white miners, who clashed with the government of General Jan Smuts in a terrifying confrontation that brought bombs and shells raining down on Johannesburg, killing about 150 people. The strike stop within a few days. Time the Police take real action.

  • deicide - 2012-09-11 16:45

    fast becoming zimbabwe 2.0

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-11 16:48

    Ok tell me again why This guy are armed?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-11 16:49

    lock and load those R5's...they are just begging for it

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-09-11 16:49


      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 18:00

      Juan ~ Don't forget the branches!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-09-11 16:52

    Where is Zuma?he is the president.I bet his under the bed safe and sound.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-11 16:53

    When exactly will this group of rioters be stopped once and for all?

  • cya.ngoma - 2012-09-11 16:53

    Bheki Cele said \shoot to kill\ and everyone was fighting him about his statement, He was saying that because of cases like this. I miss that guy.

  • will.cronje.7 - 2012-09-11 16:54

    Just shoot them. A few funerals are cheaper than keeping the mine closed.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-11 16:54

    I wonder what did Sangoma say to them this time or maybe they did hire a new Sangoma. But they must not be foolish bullet is bullet. This miners they pose a serious threat to State Security.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-09-11 16:55

    Marcheddown to the hospital so that hell can break loose under medical supervision...(",)

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-09-11 16:58

    Methinks it's time for the the industry and government to "do a Maggie" on these scum bags. As in Maggie Thatcher. There are few employers and many labourors, the maths is simple. Not to the point of exploitation but I suppose differnt people have different ideas on how much = exploitation. Oh well, this is fun to watch

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-11 16:59

    Where the F***KKKKKK is the tear gas and rubber bullets? Im thinking there's more behind this than we think. I dont trust any of the filthy, criminal, vermin in government one little bit!!!!!

  • stefaan.evony - 2012-09-11 17:00

    What kind of animal are you? Hospitals are there for the sick.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-11 17:01

      You cannot even put them in the same category as animals! They the filth around the bath after a hard days work in the garden! Utter SCUM!!!!

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-11 17:01

    'Two rounds...the chap with the red shirt, floppy hat and your !. Take out the ringleaders who are inciting the others. This is tried and tested ....and keep doing it until they obey the rule of law ! Really poor people do not behave like this...these are troublemakers with their own agenda.

      Johann Enslin - 2012-09-11 17:20


  • stefaan.evony - 2012-09-11 17:02

    Malema is having a feast. The more unlawfull the better he gets.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-11 17:04

    Now What? anywhere else, this would be called Anarchy.

  • frankflower - 2012-09-11 17:05

    'Knobkerries'... Again?

  • roelfensusanne.mare - 2012-09-11 17:05

    Shoot to kill to defend youselves! Remember those thugs dont feel anything for other people and they love to perform in front of the media! Get rid of the media in the area and sort the idiots out!

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-09-11 17:05

    Blacks!!!? Eish!

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-11 17:17

      Ha ha ha sad but true. I can't wait for the day we all march together black and white and not against each other and minus pangas and golf clubs???

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-11 17:06

    Shoot these idiots once and for all! There are many more people in need of jobs.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-09-11 17:07

    They're behaving like rabid animals so they should be shot like rabid animals. I hate hunting as a sport but I see the sense of culling

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-11 17:08

    These people are armed to the teeth and should be dealt with. They are going to cause massive problems and people MUST have the right to protect their family's and their property because this bloody useless ANC government cannot do anything but steal to fill their pockets.

  • stefaan.evony - 2012-09-11 17:10

    Malema, Go on as you do, kill the country that is the only one in Africa which has the best constitution in the world, the dream of Nelson Mandela., and we'll end up poor beggers as the rest of Africa.

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-09-11 17:11

    Anyone bearing dangerous weapons in public or in a threatening manner should be arrested immediately. These people ??? are allowed to do/get away with whatever they like.It is time to show proper authority - the police are becoming a laughing stock.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-09-11 17:16

    these ediots must fight 4 thier rights,its within thier rigths anyway.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-11 17:16

    This can only lead to more lost of lfe. Leaders of SA stop this nonsense and disarm and disperse these mad men.

  • - 2012-09-11 17:29

    This is an illegal strike. Why don't they fire the lot and send them back to where they come from.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-11 17:32

    cANCer ver quite on this...guess it is almost December, every move counts seeing that the pawns are all scattered now.

  • vivetioustash - 2012-09-11 17:35

    Eh this is too dangerous,can somebody just gv these ppl wat they want nd restore peace.....

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 18:07

      Give them what they want? Are you mad?

      vivetioustash - 2012-09-11 20:53

      Yea jst to restore peace.....cnt u imagine the aftermath of wat they r capable of.

      vivetioustash - 2012-09-11 20:54

      Yea jst to restore peace.....cnt u imagine the aftermath of wat they r capable of.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 17:51

    PLEASE Lonmin. SHUT DOWN THE MINE if the cops don't sort these illiterate creatures out first. Only way these thugs will learn to appreciate what they have. A JOB!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-11 17:56

    Simple,pay them,they go back to work.Does Lonmin want to see another massacre?Yes they do,in fact they dont care.If they did,they would have paid them.Black people should earn decent wages like white people.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 18:08

      Black people should earn according to their skills, just like everybody else. What's so special about being black? Why should these thugs earn more than someone who has studied and has a degree? Get over yourself and your pity party!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-11 17:58

    Shoot these bastards!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-11 17:58

    Yah neh, these miners are really on a mission. Why are the police allowing these miners to strike with weapons, how come they not disarming them or are they waiting for another life to be lost so they can shoot in self defence?