Cop hacked to death during mine violence

2012-08-13 16:20

Johannesburg - A policeman was hacked to death at platinum producer Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West, police confirmed on Monday, as authorities struggle to quell violence between rival unions.

"We confirm that one died at the scene after being hit by a panga," police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane told Reuters.

According to a Sapa report, four other people have also been killed at the mine.

Earlier on Monday a man's bullet-riddled body was found on the mine premises.

"The employee was found with five gunshot wounds," Lonmin spokesperson Barnard Mokwena said in a statement. It was not immediately clear when the man was killed.

Another man died in hospital after also being attacked with a panga.

"He was hacked with a panga after he and his colleagues came out of an evening shift on Sunday," Mokwena.

Several other workers were injured. They had been treated and discharged from hospital.

Two security guards were killed when their car was set alight on Sunday. Four other workers were shot and wounded on Friday and Saturday.

Vehicles torched

Ngubane said the protesters also burnt eight vehicles parked on the company's premises on Sunday.

"We are investigating a case of murder, arson, and malicious damage to property, but no arrests have been made," he said.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were reportedly fighting for control of local mines.

Amcu secretary Jeff Mphahlele said his union did not encourage violence and was not responsible.

"We have been recruiting across the country and have at times been met with resistance. Four of our members were shot at in Marikana, but they never retaliated," he said.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the police knew who the perpetrators were.

"They are actually aware of who is responsible for this violence. The police are part of the problem."

Seshoka said the union would ask Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to intervene.

In February, the two unions clashed over membership at Impala Platinum's mines in Rustenburg.

  • christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-13 16:25

    Savages! thats all they know...Violence,,,Pray for South Africa!!

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-13 16:37

      F@KIN ANIMALS..!!!

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-13 16:48

      South Africa......A country where words are not neccessary in dealing with problems. No problem too big or too small that cannot be solved by stabbing, hacking, shooting or burning ! Kill, kill, kill............Problem solved. Unity & Nation building.....Lol....With the likes of this lot !

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-13 16:58

      Welcome to the dark ages. This is one of many tribulations mining companies have to put up with operating here.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-13 17:03

      Yet with all this violence-the powers that be are sitting idly by and doing nothing. Each time there is a chance to change this scenario at the ballot box-all the sheeples just go back to the some bloodbath order of the day.

      mike.wolf.125 - 2012-08-13 17:10

      shoot the fu?ks

      mundu.olewega - 2012-08-13 17:29

      Well...look on the bright's thinning out the herd.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-13 16:28

    Now would the minister of police please explain to me how are they going to control this with water cannons??? Please do not retaliate with rubber bullets!!! These people are being used by unions as pawns to enrich union leaders!!

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-13 16:49

      True, but I your actions are still your own!

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-13 16:51

      Neil in the 60's it was tribe on tribe on the mines. Now it is Union on Union. What has changed? They shot them then with sharp pointed ammo. Today they want to use water-pistols. Shows how much these chops that call themselves government have lost the plot.

      gerry.gee.39 - 2012-08-13 17:10

      Certain ex-ancyl leader has a fat finger in this, methinks...

  • christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-13 16:30

    I personally think that the majority of the whities must f**k off from our country for the moment, let them, whose left(majority by the looks, unions and all)butcher each other for a while, until this country is back to Shaka days, and we can then return and make it all better again. I think thats the way its heading...lovely pessimism...

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-13 19:39

      Start the migration Chris

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2012-08-13 16:30

    Shoot the union bosses, that's all that will save this country. The unions are holding us at ransom!

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-13 16:50

      same as the ANC are holding people to ransom?? You reap what you sow!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-08-13 16:33

    Close the mine, simple- these buggers don't want to work. The police must start using real bullets, its war. I agree with Bheki Cele on one thing - A police officer should never die with the gun in his holster - he should shoot first before the criminal!

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-13 16:38

    I should hope they were denied bail. This is the way it should be.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-13 16:42

    Unacceptable. And no retaliation? What has happened to the training. In a hostile situation the firearm is supposed to be at the ready. And if the situation is too hot to handle you withdraw and call for backup. Police are not there to be slaughtered. Are we now slipping to 4th world?

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-13 16:51

      Training??? Why should we follow your Western tendancies??? :)

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-13 17:05

      LOL LMAO

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-13 16:46

    What good friends are members of the ANC and partners are. ANC killing ANC. ANCyl killing ANCyl. Union killing Union. Union killing ANC. ANCyl killing ANC. With friends like that who need enemies?

  • werner.jansevanrensburg.12 - 2012-08-13 16:47

    I Personally feel that AMCU is responsible. They have terrorized Lonmin empoyees since they came on to the scene. I believe the headof AMCU should be charged for Murder

      BobM6389 - 2012-08-13 17:07

      Werner do you have evidence to support your claims above. If yes then please make it available to the authorities so that action can be taken.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-13 16:47

    Someone said that you should treat others as you want to be treated. I think this behaviour justifies extreme measures. So, build a fence around them and maybe sell the TV rights to SACBC or Big Brother! Give them a week without food or water and the problems will go away. And a lot of new jobs made available too!

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-08-13 16:49

    Savages of the Zuma Banana Republic!!!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-13 16:53

    Shoot to kill

      gerry.gee.39 - 2012-08-13 17:01

      Security guards burned alive, cop hacked to death, arson, others killed! I hope they use lukewarm water in the water cannon. Would not want rioters to catch a cold now, would we?

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-08-13 17:01

    Why were the cops not wearing riot gear?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-13 17:27

      Why are we still reading about violent strikes, while so many are searching for employment?

  • justin.massyn - 2012-08-13 17:09

    What a disgusting place this country of ours is turning into, and it's happening faster and faster with every day that passes. Sorry for saying this but can AIDS not work faster, it's about the only saving grace. Ya, flame me, but fack man, this is just vile!

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-13 17:09

    THIS is the anc way.. they can only rule through empty promises, intimidation, murder, corruption and ....and...

  • don.richards.1044 - 2012-08-13 17:10

    Ah what civilised people. Such a fine example of culture and dignity. We are a shining example of democracy, tolerance and progress. Thank you ANC for making this country something to be proud of.

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-08-13 17:12

    Its simple to stop this really, just de-colonialise museums, and peace will return to this country.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-13 17:24

    Violent strikes in a country with a more than 30% unemployment rate. Does it make sense? Clearly these workers don't want to work. Employ those who are willing to work and who would value their employment since so many are jobless.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-13 17:33

    This happens when police are issued with rubber bullets when dealing with cold-blooded murderers!

  • Mike - 2012-08-13 18:00

    This appears to be black on black violence, brutal and barbaric. SA has seen so much of this over the years, nothing has changed. Typical African phenomenon The silence from the powers that be is deafening.

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-13 18:19

    We need a Maggie Thatcher to smash the unions. It's the leaders that instigate the workers into mess and mayhem for their own benefit!

  • johan.vanheerden.12 - 2012-08-13 18:20

    Nothing will come of this. The union leaders and minister is in their office now drinking tea. Unions getting 'result'they wanted and minister preparing a speech 'how sad this is'. Until next time. Let both of them stand in the front line next time

  • Erna - 2012-08-13 18:26

    Nice civilised democracy we live in.

  • sarita.devilliers.5 - 2012-08-13 18:31

    You cannot call these hooligans part of the human race!They are the ones who demand to be treated fair but they deserve zero!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-13 18:36

    the has set in funny how nobody takes responsibility and all are innocent but yet people are dying

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-13 18:43

    The greedy unions need to be brought in line - not under Zuma, though.

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-13 18:55

    They are barbarians.... So treat them as such

  • standvm.nel - 2012-08-13 19:18

    Stop violence please 1 life lost is 1 too many.

  • jmalatji2 - 2012-08-13 20:24

    Its about time unions take responsibility of their actions and because they are killing our police so those responsible for this murders they must also be killed and not arrested

  • oliver.lankes.3 - 2012-08-13 20:24

    Ja Madam General, what are you gonna do about this? Nothing! Because you are part of this ( the police is part of this )as it says in the report. You probably make money out of this. So much for our new general

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-13 22:02

    Nathi Mthethwa = ANC EPIC FAIL & zuma lapdog AGAIN

  • thys.bester - 2012-08-14 08:47

    In a Democracy, the people deserve the government they vote for...(Lazarus Long)

  • richard.russmann - 2012-08-14 12:20

    Sad state of affairs, two unions fighting for the right to represent workers. Police ineffective and in a way no surprises. Sad innocents suffer again, but true. Oh and of course we all know whose fault this is, or who will get the blame 19 years into the ANC dominated democracy.

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