Community mobilised to join Lonmin march

2012-09-12 14:12

Rustenburg - Community members were mobilised by strikers to join a march to the smelters at Lonmin on Wednesday.

Workers said they were going to the smelters to check if there were any other people working at the centre.

"We want all operations to stop. That is why we are going to [the] smelters," said Loyiso Matsheketshe.

Police on the ground and in a helicopter hovering overhead monitored the group estimated to be more than 5 000 people, including women.

People formed different sections in the march carrying umbrellas, knobkerries, assegais, and arrows.
They asked non-mine employees to join them as they made their way to the smelters.

SACC to hold briefing

Meanwhile, SA Council of Churches chairperson Bishop Jo Seoka said the clergy would hold a briefing at the Lutheran Church near Wonderkop at 13:00 as they continued their efforts to bring a splinter group of workers to the negotiating table.

They also planned to meet with traditional leaders from the communities the miners hailed from.

This was parallel to efforts by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration, after Seoka was sent on Monday to representatives of four unions and the company said they would not be attending talks scheduled for that day as hoped.

In an earlier statement, Seoka, who is also chairperson of the Benchmarks Foundation and Anglican Bishop of Pretoria, implored Lonmin not to fire the workers, but to put the mine into downtime for a few months and wait for calm.

"I hear rumours that if Lonmin fired all striking workers that they would then close operations for several months, hoping that the situation will return to normal," he said in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon.

"This would imply that workers will return home to the Eastern Cape and Transkei and that eventually the company will be able to employ again and resume production for Lonmin."


Seoka said the striking workers had lost their leader Mgcineni Noki, who was known as "the man in green", or "Mambush".

"This needs to be considered by the CCMA and, if they are not able to deal with the situation, that someone like Charles Nupen from the International Labour Organisation should be brought in to assist workers to understand the power dynamics and help them to find a way forward. Otherwise they might lose everything."

Forty-five people have been killed in events associated with the strike since August 10. Ten people, including police and security guards, died in the week before police fired on protesters, killing 34 of them on August 16.

CCMA to hold meeting

On Tuesday, a body was found near where strikers had gathered outside the mine.

The strikers have said they will go back to work only if their salaries are increased to R12 500.

The CCMA said it would hold another meeting with all parties on Thursday.

Comment from the company was not immediately available, but Solidarity deputy general secretary Gideon du Plessis said he had been told that less than 2% of the workforce arrived for work on Wednesday.

  • roger.howdy - 2012-09-12 14:21

    So much Hate in their eyes!!

      ahemsurferosa - 2012-09-12 14:22

      just thinking the same thing... chills.

      procold2 - 2012-09-12 14:29

      they are on muti, just must kill a bunny otherwise it will marikana part 2

      Michael - 2012-09-12 14:31

      Lets pray for a tornado in the area

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-12 14:31

      @kontroversy of cause knot

      TheDifference - 2012-09-12 14:34

      "Course of it? "....Cause of it, maybe? Back and trolling again controversy? if you have a valid opinion, good or bad, then post it, its an open forum, but dont just comment to incite tempers, whats the point? We get it, your a hater of white people, fine, bla bla bla, we get it, old story. Go burn some tyres

      Michael - 2012-09-12 14:34

      Ahahahaha JoeFarmer :)

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-12 14:45

      Don't forget to get your special powers protesters. We know what can happen if you do not have them.

      vierkleur.transvaal - 2012-09-12 14:53

      not just these guys. everywhere there is hate in their eyes. the country has reached a turning point.

      roger.howdy - 2012-09-12 14:59

      @controversy you are a Sad person to this Country.. The Greed by your people ( being the ANC and the ANCYL ) are killing the people and staving them and leading them into False believes. I feel sorry for you as you will never move forward while you are holding on that past with one hand.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-12 15:00

      I only see one pair of eye's, is it hate you see or fear that you feel.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:17

      Nothing, but nothing would give me more pleasure than planting a hollow point between those two things it looks with.

      farmfreund - 2012-09-12 15:26

      thats not hate its stupidity you see

      TheDifference - 2012-09-12 16:15

      @Controversy, your ignornace doesnt threaten me, and nor do your empty threats. nt me, nor the other people on this forum. This is a place for adults to congragate and share an informed opinion. My head feels alright the way it is, but thanks so much for the offer to lighten it for me and keep it warm, ur a true scholar and gentleman. Bless you

  • marc.klynhans - 2012-09-12 14:23

    Fire everyone and close the mines for a while. Don't allow these violent people to have any power.

      stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-09-12 14:56

      Excellent idea.

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  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-12 14:25

    Firing them is useless. Firing at them is acheiving results!

      stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-09-12 14:56

      nice one.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:18

      Fully agree with you and now that the community is involved, there's even more reason for SAPS to open up. Plenty available for target practice.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-12 14:27

    What I am SOOOOO struggling with, is where are the rubber bullets, teargas, water cannons etc? WTF??????????????

  • jolene.fourie - 2012-09-12 14:32

    Im trying to picture any form of strike held in the UK weilding such weapons. Such a shame that the government cant take action. When there was lawless rioting in London last year, those people were brought to justice with in days and weeks of the riots taking place. It's good to see how much progress South Africa has made in the past 20 years. Well done YOU!

  • Hamrammr - 2012-09-12 14:36

    It is very charming of them to invite the ladies along, only to be used as human shields when Lonmin shooting nr2 takes place.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:20

      'Ladies'? What ladies? There isn't a lady amongst them, just wild savages.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-12 14:37

    Hope one of them brought a rabbit have a feeling today will be round two.

  • heathway.master - 2012-09-12 14:37

    Well here we go. Looks like good old democracy has finally been tossed out the door. All issues involving public opinion are now done by illiterate, simple minded, blood frenzied mobs armed with pangas, assegais, knobkerries, butchers knives etc. When I was at school such behaviour was described as anarchy and indicated that the Government of the day no longer operated in any way or form. At this stage, the President and all his hangers on, usually fled into exile somewhere very far away. Maybe this was why our Pres was so keen to get a stinking new 767, with a passenger capacity of 450, plus all personal luggage.

  • maritza.meyer - 2012-09-12 14:42

    Why is everybody else but the effing government making statements about this mess?

      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-12 15:01

      WHAT government - there isn`t one in this country!!!

      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-12 15:01

      They probably have to wait for some clever oke to write a speech for them first!

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 15:26

      Because you are sh*t scared

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-09-12 14:51

    Yes good move,Malema mobiles communities from Cape to Cairo n lets see how the economies of America,Asia n Europe will survive. Viva economic freedom to Africans

      jolene.fourie - 2012-09-12 14:56


      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-12 15:02


      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:32

      bubisissisiswe ~ We all know you don't play with a full deck of cards but this one really takes the cake. You need help boy.

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-12 16:02

      I've got news for you busi - the economy of these regions are not solely depended on South African mining industry. We are the people who's gonna suffer.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-12 14:53

    The striking workers had lost their leader Mgcineni Noki, who was known as "the man in green", or "Mambush" One has to really give a lot of thought to the possibility that the Lonmin Massacre (focusing on the killing of the 'Charge") could have actually been an entrapment to ensure they took out the man in green the leader. If I were the workers now, I would ensure that their leader is never revealed, even to Malema.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-12 14:53

    Well, well, well, this one miner, one bullet option does seem to be working so maybe we should just leave them all to it.

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 15:27

      You! need a fatal penis enlargement. When are you going for surgery by the way?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:33

      MarkH ~ It looks like you have a brain-dead 3-year-old stalker.

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 15:40

      Oh not this mambojambo Irene again. Irene, find yourself a boyfriend please and get off my back, I dislike you.Hamba!

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-09-12 14:55

    "Community members mobilised” intimidated to join strike, more likely, what next child soldiers?

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-12 15:02

    Mobilisation via Pangs, bull-whips, knob kieries etc.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-12 15:09

    What is the DA and the ANC saying about this situation? it looks like these stupid political parties are all useless......This is a situation that needs leadership..if the DA was all about leadership they would take the front seat and capitalize on this..after all this is a minority managed company therefore they would listen to their own as solidarity is not winning.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:24

      Don't bring the DA into this - they are not running the country. If the DA had been running the country for the past 18 years I can guarantee you this situation would not be happening.

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-12 15:37

      DA,they dont give a damn shame.Especially since its not whites who are striking.They are the last people you can trust in this world.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:55

      Whites? Striking? OMG but the depth of your ignorance is astounding! Whites are civilised and don't grab a branch and chimp out!

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-09-12 15:59

      Irene Buthelezi. If the DA had been running the country the likes of Mazibuko would have been the BEE owner of Lonmin and its imported slave worker rock drillers. She already looks like Khulubuse Zuma.

  • jozzy.knights - 2012-09-12 15:09

    IGNORANCE, GREED, and SELFISHNESS.\r\n Look now, the so called gov nd investors all they think about is my money my investments

  • tshidiso.mathang - 2012-09-12 15:18

    if the mine closes for few months workers will loose their jobs and CCMA will not protect the miners since the strike is illegal..I hope common sense prevails these people go back to work and obviously mine management will try to come close to the demand.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-12 15:25

      I hope the mine fires the entire bunch and if not, then I hope the mine closes.

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 15:42

      Listen to the volume of the empty vessel, irene.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-12 15:50

      Ah troll.

      jozzy.knights - 2012-09-12 16:01

      They must give them a living wage and the country will be at peace

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-12 18:07

    Will this ever end?? Why are these miners still allowed to strike armed??

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