Cop in serious condition after panga attack

2012-10-16 18:45

Johannesburg - A police constable hacked with a panga at the Samancor mine in Kroondal is in a serious condition in hospital, North West police said on Tuesday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the constable's left arm was seriously injured when he tried to protect himself against an attack by striking miners on Tuesday.

The attack happened while police were dispersing about 3 000 strikers who had gathered at the mine around 09:00.

"During the process and effecting arrest of illegal striking miners, a police constable was hacked with a panga on his left arm when he tried to protect himself from the attackers, who had cornered him," said Ngubane.

"The constable was rescued by other police officers, who rushed him to Peglerae Hospital."

Police arrested 26 people.

"One has been identified as the possible attacker of the police officer and a charge of attempted murder has been registered against the suspect."

Earlier, Captain Tselane Nkala said the panga was aimed at the policeman's face, but he blocked it with his left hand.

The Rustenburg joint strike co-ordinating committee said workers had assembled peacefully outside the Milsell shaft, expecting to be addressed by management and the strike committee, when police in Nyala vehicles came at them.

"Workers were assaulted, beaten, and 26 of them were arrested and taken to Rustenburg police station," strike committee leader Nkosinathi Mpopo said.

"Workers have consistently been refused a permit to gather by the Rustenburg municipality's public safety department and the police."

Samancor said it had extended leave days granted to workers last week.

"During a meeting held yesterday [Monday], the company agreed with the stakeholders to extend the leave period until 19 October," the company said in a statement.

It said workers had been on annual leave from 3 October until 16 October. They would now be required to return to work on 22 October.

"This will enable the company and stakeholders to continue with the engagement process prior to the return to work."

Workers were on strike wanted a monthly salary of R12 500.

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2012-10-16 19:13

    this is nonsense, shoot these people finish and Klaar!!!no respect for the law at all.!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-17 07:52

      WHen the cops fight back then it's headline news all over the world about how brutal cops in SA are, shoot these idiots until they learn that the right to strike does not automatically give them the right to trample on other people's rights.

  • The4thHorsemen - 2012-10-16 19:15

    And then it is asked why they were shot at Marikana.

      ft.burhaak - 2012-10-16 19:26

      All we need now ,is the Vierde Perdeman ,and we'll have a full house.

  • Cameron - 2012-10-16 19:22

    And they wonder why they get shot.......HOW stupid are these people...its sooo frustrating....stupidity knows no limits!!!

      Yolande Waggiet - 2012-10-16 19:40

      i totally agree...

  • simon.selahla - 2012-10-16 19:33

    That is why the police at marikana stopped them with live ammo! To avoid being hacked by these fools nxa!!!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-16 19:38

    Maybe police "came at them" because they were carrying pangas

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-16 19:47


  • peter.g.sibuyi - 2012-10-16 20:04

    Violence is crime. Such people who commit this kind of act shoul be jailed.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-17 07:53

      And the police should respond with live Ammo

  • Robert Frankol - 2012-10-16 20:09


  • francois.vanvuuren.31 - 2012-10-16 21:00

    Nooooooo but they are peacefull protesters... poor victims...

  • andile.vabasa - 2012-10-16 21:14

    Strikers must be made an example of, please fire them already!

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-16 21:59

    Shoot to kill as many as possible make it known that in the future we will remember that day that if you think you are above the law and want to act like animals you will be slaughtered as such! Pathetic goverment! You don't even back your own police force! In America if you kill a policemen you will be shot on site... Here the policemen get sent to jail for defending his partners!

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-10-16 22:11

    That constable should of drawn his firearm and killed the attacker

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-10-16 22:13

    If it was a policeman that attacked a striker with a panga there would have been a massive outcry on this article. At this stage there are only 20 comments...

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-16 22:14

    dis is because of Jacob Zuma he must step down

  • Lelethu Leelo Siko - 2012-10-16 22:27

    Shoot to KILL,i pity the police tht was hacked,the protester shlve bn shot dead he had a dangerous object wit him,nd at tht tym u facin the devil either u kill or be killed. wit a firearm in ur possession the technique there is to shoot and kill. Protect your life and the others

  • karin.lore.5 - 2012-10-17 07:30

    I suppose this policeman got hacked BECAUSE HE WAS NOT ALLOWED to defend himself and shoot the f@ckers....!!!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-17 08:08

    "Workers have consistently been refused a permit to gather ... " We don't have to wonder why.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-17 08:16

    Shoot the SOB's Kill the MF's

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