Cops disperse miners' march

2012-09-16 11:04

Rustenburg - South African police on Sunday blocked and dispersed a march by hundreds of striking miners against a security crackdown in the country's restive platinum belt.

AFP reporters on the scene said workers dispersed peacefully after a row of armoured police trucks stopped them from marching on the police station in the northwest town of Rustenburg, a day after officers fired rubber bullets to break up a protest by miners in nearby Marikana.

"The police have blocked us. They are dispersing us. Now we are telling our people to go back to where we came from" in order to avoid any conflict, Gaddhafi Mdoda, a workers' committee member at Anglo American Platinum, told AFP.

Workers were not carrying their usual protest gear of machetes, spears and sticks a day after police moved into platinum giant Lonmin's strike-hit Marikana mine to raid worker residences and seize weapons.

Hundreds of officers raided worker hostels and also used rubber bullets and tear gas on Saturday, with clashes breaking out in a shantytown opposite the mine.

The marchers had planned to march on the police station on Sunday to protest against the use of force, exactly a month after police gunned down 34 protesters at Lonmin in the worst security violence since the fall of apartheid 18 years ago.


Mdoda said the dispersed police station march had been "peaceful".

"But they are telling us that they are giving a few minutes to disperse, so that's a big threat," he said.

Rising strike tensions that have spilled over from Lonmin have spread around the region and forced shut-downs at several mines, including those of the world's top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum and number four producer Aquarius Platinum.

The government on Friday announced it would no longer tolerate the growing labour strife, saying it would act against illegal gatherings, weapons, incitement and threats of violence that have characterised the unrest.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-16 11:08

    It is just a pity this was not done before the massacre; but then it's always easy to make comments with the benefits of hindsight.

      timothy.coetzee.56 - 2012-09-16 11:13

      I have been living out of South Africa for the past 4years now. Reading the news back home gives me goosebumps. It really sounds like SA is on the verge of a civil war.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-16 11:20

      My friend, I was a kid when '76 erupted,witnessed the attacks on Indians in KZN in the 80's, and did township during the State of Emergency; this is a tea party, by comparison. I must stress, however that it is still a serious matter, and it's good to see that the authorities are finally treating it as such

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:27

      When it started the ANC just thought the people are restless again. Why should they intervene. Votes are guaranteed. And then the problem escalated and all these wonderful BEE connected deals are suddenly at risk. Time to show the wekkas who is boss!!

      yung.shlong - 2012-09-16 11:42

      What is needs is proper managing of mines. We can assist. Allow Chinese labour relation to be involved to fix current problem. We have excellent labour relation with our workers and will pay them decent wage.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:48

      Yes Yung and execute them at the bottom of the mine if they do not work!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-16 12:00

      Yung; You are really an opportunist and make me laugh .China looses literally hundreds of miners each year due to fatalities , so whats your point in saying you know how to treat workers?

      joahan.smal - 2012-09-16 12:16

      Mr Long, stay out of Africa! The Chinese have done enough damage as is. You must be held responsible for the demise of our abalone stocks, thousands of rhinos that have been poached to date, three hundred elephants a week that is poached in the Selous in Tanzania, the total destruction of crowned sea horses in Bilene. I personally see the Chinese as the destroyers of our continent and I despise them with a passion. I have seen what your influence has done to Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and the rest of Southern Africa. Maybe the Angolans had the right idea when they ticked your kind off like flies.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-16 12:22

      Mr Long, thank you, but no thank you. We do not want people who do not understand the fine balance between nature and humans, who do not understand the concept of human or animal rights, in our country.

      DJPotifar - 2012-09-16 12:36

      Mr Long, you Chinese people are locusts. Strip the mine of everything and move on. Stay where you are please.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-09-16 14:11

      Oh please, people. You're taking this Long guy seriously. Hahahaha! Well done, whoever you are. Just shows you how easy it is to start a riot in this country.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-16 11:10

    Another illegal march. Will they ever learn?

  • nerasmus1 - 2012-09-16 11:14

    Some protesters are carrying flowers instead of weapons...Gotto love this hippie city of ours.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-16 11:22

    Anyone to dispute this, zuma is an illiterate fool will no morals, the only thing he knows is to get married everyday and making babies like a chicken, and if I'm right he's the most expensive president south africa has ever had. Sis I think we should send him to mass

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:30

      Wonder who voted for him......

      gngaleka - 2012-09-16 11:45

      What has that got to do with the article Murombe. By the way people who are really educated don't go around looking for cheap shots to fire at people who have done well for themselves despite all odds. I bet you are not even productive where you are working despite your 'education', you don't sound like you are anyway.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:54

      gngaleka, the truth is a biaatch ne!

      Michael - 2012-09-16 12:01

      Educated people dont submit comments like this of yours, anyway you must be one o those who's comment are driven by emmotios, here you must convince us to buy your view point with sound analysis of facts, this platform is not for angry people with weak points to throw insults at others. Go home and have a good day and deal with you nerves before your BP rise!

      Nisa - 2012-09-16 12:41

      africa e tlhakatlhakane e tlhoka dithapediso eish anc mare.

      shimeAschendorf - 2012-09-16 12:48

      you voted for him!kolobe,so deal with his stupidity

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:24

    Why only now? It seems that the only reason this has become a problem now all of a sudden, it is touching the cadres pockets! And that we cannot have.

  • israel.khumalo - 2012-09-16 11:25

    When the fat one is there, the police do not chase people away. Cowards so said woodwork boy.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-09-16 11:27


  • blackops64 - 2012-09-16 11:30

    no money for the shebeen ugh shame

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-09-16 11:44

      A stupid comment, a troll, go wash your face

  • Michael - 2012-09-16 11:47

    SA is governed by rule of law, insenity and lawlessness that was emerging at Marikana Must be stopped at all cost. I am suprised that some leaders see these intervention as an apartheid tactic. Freedom did not come cheap and all of us must discourage lawlessness in this country.

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-09-16 11:50

    One thing for sure Zuma he is stepping down he is useless really worse that Thabo Mbeki tjerr Lonmin management, unions, workers, police and government are all to be blamed for this mess south africa is in at the moment fighting would not solve this issue. What the government and police are doing it shows oversea people that we solve our problem as country by fight. Lonmin management must make a reasonable offer or close for couple of months. Everyone must go home refresh they mind

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 11:55

      And the people must stop voting for the ANC.

  • jacoists - 2012-09-16 12:05

    Gadafi Mdoda, just make effort and go and study the Act on Illegal gatherings and you will realize that once again you have contravened the Law by not having applied at the Chief Magistrate for this \Peaceful march\. Nor did you keep in mind that you are not allowed to gather at a State building. Go and do your home work and stop arguing like an idiot. Law Enforcers have an obligation to enforce the law and to act against offenders with the required force levels provoked by the perpetrators. So, start living as law obedient citizen and stop demolishing the county's economy.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-16 12:16

    never surrender

  • freddied - 2012-09-16 12:45

    what is the use of dispersing the miners does that going to make them go back to work?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-16 15:36

      At least they can not march to other mines and intimidate others to stop working. The police and army is on the right tract in stopping this anarchy. Enough others want to work, they should be allowed to do without fear of intimidation.

  • pule.lesego.3 - 2012-09-16 12:45

    Biggest mistake of my life was to vote for Zuma,I'm deeply regretting myself day and night.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-16 12:47

      Regret is of no use, rather learn from this and put more thought into your future votes.

  • mike.clery - 2012-09-16 13:01

    Aren't the people sympathizing with the "strikers" and complaining about the government (and Zuma in particular) the same ones who supported the original "Secrecy Bill" and the clampdown on the media? I wonder if they'd still support those things now ....

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-16 13:18

    POLICE POLICE POLICE ur too much roger that

  • tsholofelo.nkotsoe - 2012-09-16 14:58

    this poor people are being misled by politically motivated leaders

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 15:28

      Jip just like most Africans.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-16 15:18

    Better, lot be learned!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-16 15:40

    Well done army and cops. We need to stop this anargy and criminal behaviour of miners. Let us hope you do the same to other illegal protestors in sa!

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-16 16:04

    Marikana has bruised ANC bigtime.

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