Cops disperse Amplats protesters

2012-09-19 12:09

Rustenburg - Police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a group of people gathered near Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg on Wednesday, said a spokesperson.

"Police dispersed people trying to gather illegally. As we have said, we are not tolerating any illegal gatherings," said Captain Dennis Adriao.

"Police utilised teargas and stun grenades, and rubber bullets were used at the [nearby] squatter camp."

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said: "I can confirm that [the police have] dispersed a group of people gathering illegally at Sondela informal settlement.

"We do not know why the people were gathered and cannot confirm if they are our employees. As reported yesterday [Tuesday], our mines are operational..."


Last week, government ministers in Cabinet's security cluster said the government would no longer tolerate violence, threats and intimidation taking place in the mining sector, as massive strikes sprang up along Rustenburg's platinum belt, with another one near Carletonville.

The measures included a crackdown on illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons, incitement, and threats of violence against anyone in the affected areas.

Adriao said that for large groups of people to gather, in terms of the Regulation of Gatherings Act, they had to give notice to the local municipality for the gathering to take place.

Section four set out certain conditions for the gathering.

"Police need to be present, emergency services need to be on standby, marshals present the whole day. Water points need to be established," said Adriao. The relevant municipality in this case was Rustenburg. Further details were not immediately available, but SAFM reported that mineworkers near Jabula and Thembelani mine had been arrested and that the gathering was related to an unprotected pay strike.

After suspending operations last week, citing employee safety due to the situation in the region, Amplats resumed operations on Tuesday.

Workers were paid over the suspension period, and praised the company for this.

On Friday, during the operations suspension, they marched to the company's Bleskop stadium and decided that they also wanted a salary increase.

Unlike their mining colleagues at other operations, who were seeking R12 500, they said they wanted R16 070 and other modifications to their fringe benefits.

On Tuesday night a lengthy strike at nearby Lonmin ended with a wage agreement.

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  • leerobbertse - 2012-09-19 12:16

    Here we go!!!

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 13:13

      You don't consider English to be the standard alternative to native languages around the world? That pretty much proves how ignorant your entire argument is. English is the norm. Nobody else in the world cares whether black people in South Africa consider it a 'white language'. If, as you claim, 'black people' in South Africa consider English a 'white language', then that only proves that 'black people' in South Africa are innately more prone to racism by default, pulling the race-card more impulsively than any other race in the country. That makes them the problem, not the solution (you agree that racism is bad, right?). I'm not making the accusation: I'm merely using the claims that YOU presented ('black people view english as a "white language"') and drawing the logical conclusions of those claims for you if they were in fact true. If you wish to call English a 'white language', then you are a racist. Go visit the United States, you'll find many BLACK people speaking ENGLISH with native American accents, who CONSIDER themselves AMERICAN CITIZENS and would never dare consider coming back to Africa but instead be offended if you call them African. Why? Because they are embarrassed by the stone-age ignorant mentality of racist Africans like you

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-19 13:22

      @Kyle. Shame - I think you're confusing what you call 'Whiteness' with progress, education and civilisation. Look around the world and you're going to see a whole lot of 'Whiteness' my friend.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-19 13:36

      Yes kyle. The chip on your shoulder . . . . . . .

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-09-19 14:17

      @ Kyle. If the cultures of the Black South African had "caught on" in the way the culture of invention, industrialisation etc etc of the western world had, then your arguement would have merit. You are living the advantages of these culture so deal with it. The cultures survived the oppression of apartheid but would always have been subject to the changes needed to function in a westernised world. If this displeases you, shed the shackles and cultural oppression, the car, the clothes, the cell phone, the salary, the computer & internet, don a loin cloth and head for the hills where there is still space for you to live and communicate in the way you seem to want. The NORM is there more as a very common tool for universal communication, our local languages go as far as OR Tambo International.

  • jan.human - 2012-09-19 12:24

    Eish! don't forget the R70!!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-19 12:27

    "Police need to be present, emergency services need to be on standby, marshals present the whole day. Water points need to be established," said Adriao.And I wish they could say the same when there is no water in other areas and when there is crime in others.

  • julius.hond - 2012-09-19 12:31

    yes kyle, and it always will be.

  • cj.venter - 2012-09-19 12:33

    butterfly effect

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-19 12:36

    Stay united, learn from Marikana your demands will be met

  • zolile.mejelo - 2012-09-19 12:40

    I don't understand why polise chase this mine workers bcoz they need to meet

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-19 13:22

      At least most of us here will understand what you are trying say baba.

  • braamc - 2012-09-19 13:03

    What happened to live ammunition?

  • edwinwwocke - 2012-09-19 13:07

    Lonmin has opened "Pandora's Box".

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-09-19 13:09

    Get over it and deal with it Kyle, whites have earned their privelege.They do so through hard work and paying their taxes so that your government can feed the struggling comrades.

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-09-19 13:12

    I'm a firefighter and I get 5000 after deductions and I still have to pay my rent which is R2 200 per month... Can me and my colleagues also kill a few people and threaten a thousand more to be paid better?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-19 13:19

      Probably not - and therein lies the injustice if this whole damn business.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-19 13:28

      LOL Randall what are you guys gonna threaten us with? We are use to water canons baba ;) uhmmm... Jaws-of-life?

      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-09-19 13:32

      Lol! William... We will gather illegally. Carry knopkieries, panga's and even a gun or two and we will see if that would work. Don't be silly, as if the miners striked using what they use at work. Reply intelligently please

      cobus.eeden - 2012-09-19 16:57

      Of course you can!

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-19 21:25

      Passop die polisie skiet wild in daai land.

  • patrickflynn73 - 2012-09-19 13:59

    "Police need to be present, emergency services need to be on standby, marshals present the whole day. Water points need to be established" .... all a waste of the tax payers money they could be using this money , time and energy to create more employment opportunities...oh the irony!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-19 14:11

    This is a nightmare that is going to escalate.What will prevent employees in every sector of the economy from now demanding R12500 p.m.?Nothing!This is the rocket scientist Malema's idea of Economic Revolution.SA is now staring down the barrel of Economic Ruin as huge numbers of jobs will go as many businesses simply won't survive.Talk about dangerous precedent...that's exactly what we now have.

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-19 14:46

      I guess Malema has convinced the masses to believe that, after all, there is such a thing as a 'free lunch'. Pity for them that belief is demonstrably false... And one by one, the walls that hold up the rigidity of South Africa, shall cave in, and history shall repeat itself: the laughable (read: cryable) inept leadership does not learn from mistakes of the past - ON THE CONTRARY they try to pull the same tricks that have failed time-and-time-again in the African Dark Continent. If this sort of mentality continues, Zimbabwe #2 lies imminently on the horizon, and we can then all proudly call this country the Socialistic Communist Nationalist state of Azania, where a loaf of bread costs the equivalent of a month's wage. So then, let us celebrate - mission accomplished again, right?

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