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Call for Lonmin miners to be counselled

2012-10-02 16:05

Rustenburg - Activists protesting at Nkaneng in Wonderkop near Rustenburg have called for counselling for Lonmin miners who saw co-workers being shot dead.

"There is a need for counselling these people, they are not right," said Peter Makena, a member of the Marikana Support Campaign.

He said mineworkers lived in fear because of the 16 August shooting that left 34 miners dead and 78 wounded, when police tried to disperse strikers at the platinum mine in Marikana.

"They saw their friends, brothers and fathers falling dead in front of them; they need to be counselled for them not to have flashbacks of the incident," said Makena.

"We appeal to the authorities to provide them with counselling in three days from now."

Members of the Marikana Support Campaign protested outside Wonderkop stadium near the mine, singing and waving placards, calling for the police to be prosecuted.

"Do not let the police get away with murder," read several posters.

Another said: "Re eme mona ga re tsitsinyege, re ba tla nnete fela" - loosely translated: "We are standing here, we are not moving, we want the truth."

They followed an in loco (place) inspection to the local hospital.

The inspection is being conducted by a judicial commission appointed to investigate the August killings at the mine in North West.

Comments
  • hester.matmer.3 - 2012-10-02 16:30

    So, are the 2 policemen's and security guard's co-workers also getting councilling? What about the 6 civilians that were slaughtered with pangas? Are their families, co-workers getting councilling? Why do these miners keep forgetting about the people they killed the week before? It just makes no sense to me.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 16:32

    When they walked into that strike with pangas-their intentions were clear. You play with fire,you get burned. Live with it!

      Robin - 2012-10-02 16:51

      dead right.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-02 17:20

      Exactly. Why the hell must my Tax be spent pampering people who can't behave. They attacked the Police and now they cry for help as if they are the victims. You're not fooling anyone - the world sees right through you. Pathetic. They could have rallied so much more sympathy and support for their cause if they behaved like civilised people and presented the facts instead of running around the bush with pangas and spears like neanderthals. Sorry - no sympathy.

      kella.magakwe - 2012-10-02 17:54

      Julle prat kaak

      indianajohn - 2012-10-02 18:10

      Absolutely. You can have all the sympathy in the world for their situation, but I still fail to see the point of bringing WEAPONS to a protest. WHY? Kella? Explain? There is no reason and no excuse for it.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-02 18:37

      Transgressors should be given corporal punishment "slaat hulle gatte warm"

  • nkululeko.ntuta - 2012-10-02 17:08

    all de families who has sufferd loses need to be compensated...counciling for what....ppl en families will be counciled by money...

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 17:22

      BLOOD MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-10-02 18:52

    Ag shame.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 19:21

    Counselling? What a laugh! The only counselling these thugs need is a quick lesson in civilisation and how to behave. Even that won't help though because they're still at least 500 years behind in the evolution scale.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-02 20:44

    What about some thought to those 10 people these criminals murdered - how come the perpertrators of this violence feel like victims now..?

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-03 18:10

    Dont you understand they are fighting a cause its the only way AFRICANS know how They didnt do anything wrong by killing people with pangas it was all so they can get more demand more What a Lovely PROUD NEW SOUTH AFRICA the question is was it worth killing thier own people was it worth destroying thier own people's property and Clearly they feel they Where fully within thier Rights You cant have a Strike without a couple people dying that is just not South African and not politically correct...

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