Buses set alight near Medupi power plant

2012-09-11 14:33

Johannesburg - Three buses were set alight on Tuesday morning in Ditloung village near the Medupi power station, Limpopo police said.

"Around 01:00, it was found that three buses used to transport workers to the power station were burning," Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

Police were investigating the cause of the fires. No one was injured and no arrests had been made by 11:00.

On Thursday last week, about 80 workers contracted by Murray & Roberts Construction and Grinaker-LTA damaged several vehicles and some equipment at the power plant.

The workers went on protest because the contracts of around 600 local employees were due to end.

Otto said four people were arrested for intimidation on Tuesday morning in Lephalale village, where Medupi is situated.

Police confiscated a vehicle, a banner and a loud hailer from protesters.

"At this stage the situation is quiet and under control," Otto said.

Police were keeping watch.

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  • jerolan.gengiah - 2012-09-11 14:41

    "At this stage the situation is quiet and under control," Otto said Busses are burning and property being destroyed and you say the situation is under control???? Nobody can control the mob

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-11 15:38

      Here we go again - destroy, destroy, destroy! That's all that these bloody morons can do. They forget that each time they destroy things, these things cost money to replace and that takes away even more money from their greedy little grabby hands!!!!

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 14:45

    Whats the point of protesting because a contract is ending? When the job is done its DONE, You cant get paid for doing nothing. thats why its called a contract workers........

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-11 16:25

      Shelley, this is what they don't understand, it's similar to Lonmin, the drillers, with little or no education, know how much the mine can afford to pay them, they understand the volatile prices of raw material such as Platinum and Gold, just like the M&R workers, they know that M&R can afford to keep paying them when a contract is finished, this is why companies go bankrupt and there is massive unemployment, becasue of Unions and ridiculous DEMANDS.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 14:54

    Fat Boy behind this one as well?

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-09-11 14:55

    20years ago people wanted the vote, they wanted Democracy and a right to determine a better future by electing leaders of their choosing. Other people were cynical, claiming that the majority population of South Africa were not mentally or socially developed enough to understand or correctly utilize the concept of a constitional democracy. Now 20years later I wonder who is being proven correct?

      Tony - 2012-09-11 15:15

      I think you have just about summed up 80% of the news we hear or read lately!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-11 15:16

      I should do what you do Marc copy and paste cause each and every story on News24 is the same and we just give the same comment!!

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-09-11 15:00

    What a about 1000 ex policeman with experience of the 80's to solve the problem?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 15:03

      Wrong colour Henk.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-11 15:30

    600 jobs are about to end - now if you took those buses to a place called Lonmin they have plenty jobs lined up. But you destroyed the buses and tell me are you going to pay for them as well.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-11 15:32

    Burn South Africa, Burn...

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-11 15:55

    I would not be surprised if someone "clever" burns down the new power plant 1 day to have another job to rebuild it!

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-11 16:55

    This is called Anarchy and South Africa is rapidly descending into a situation where "mob rule" is being allowed to take over from democracy with no responses from government to regain control of the the situation. We have illegal strikers preventing all other employees from going to work at the Marikana and Goldfields mines, Malema in the background inciting the remaining miners to make all mines ungovernable and now the problem is spreading to Medupi which is already one year behind schedule and urgently required to provide additional electrical power to South Africa to enable industry to operate at full efficiency without fear of blackouts. Meanwhile Zuma and his government are nowhere to be seen and there are no visible actions to fix the mess. Before it is too late Mr Zuma, get the army in to regain control and prevent any further acts of insurrection and intimidation.

  • evette.myburgh - 2012-09-11 19:25

    Let me start bu stating why the unrest occured:three reasons. 1. Around 600 workers contracts coming to an end,as the work they were employed for is as well. Then 2(more importantly) their wages have been incorrectly dispersed,where they have not been paid for overtime,they have been working for an average of 240 hours,about 38 hours per month not alloted to them. And last but not least,there is a call for all labourers,employed for the same jobs,by different contractors,to be paid the same rate accross the board.Now explain to me how this is being judged by all as unworthy of the unrest amongst the workers. Surely I would also agree,if I was only aware of point 1-as I think most of the comments are based on.

      raymond.vanderhulst - 2012-09-12 14:46

      i work at mepudi, and what u say is not the truth... all contractors get paid their full wages... the PLA prevents any contractor from being under paid or short paid... so please find out ur facts as u state other must do before u comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      evette.myburgh - 2012-09-14 22:13

      PLA is subject to Labour Law last time I checked. Hhve chat even to one of the labourers and check payslips dating back from last year, and then please make that statement again. Or maybe even sit in one of their meetings when they discuss the issues,as I know someone whom does, so yes, facts are straigh. Also have a family member with same issues of payment calculations.

  • leon.botha.7547 - 2012-10-04 07:24

    "Medupi ~ ESKOM" excellent opportunity for any person contracting in to prove that they can produce and understand the COUNTRIES back-log on power supply. Instead of doing just that, morons start striking and damaging!? Really ~ yes the police acts ~ Minister and heads of police should take more serious action! Damage on any property = minimum 10 years jail sentence as well as a record preventing to work directly or indirectly for "ESKOM" Union representatives will get pursued the same way ~ lock them up if they can not control their people!

  • leon.botha.7547 - 2012-10-04 07:27

    How can people that has been given the opportunity to prove they are part of a "team" to get Power Stations up do these damaging things? Really! Suggest the main culprits ~ Union reps and instigators minimum 10 years jailing sentence ~ the Government and police should strongly intervene and action such measures.... You are the rep you should lay down the ruling of actions to take as well as what is NOT allowed... Do not hire them again ever!!

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