Cops fire rubber bullets, teargas in Sondela

2012-09-20 11:20

Rustenburg - Police fired rubber bullets and teargas at residents of Sondela, near Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Rustenburg mines on Thursday morning.

Residents reacted by blockading the road leading up Jabula shaft of the Amplats mine.

They put burning tyres, rocks and other objects on the road to prevent the police gaining access into the informal settlement.

Hours later, residents began burning shops and stalls along the road.

The shops and stalls were already empty of business when residents began breaking into them and setting them alight.

SMSes telling workers not to work

Police monitored the situation from a distance, but did not intervene.

The leader of striking Amplats' workers, Tebogo Lebeke, said they had been on strike since last Thursday, in demand of a monthly salary of R17 000.

"We have met with management before and negotiations were expected to continue next week Thursday, but we received SMSes from the mines telling workers to return to work," he said.

The SMSes sent to workers stated that conditions were conducive for workers to return to work.

"We are not going back to work until our demands have been met," Lebeke said.

Amplats' spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said the company would release a statement on its Rustenburg operations by 13:00 on Thursday.

Court order

Amplats said on Wednesday night that it was safe to return to work and that it was ordering its employees to clock in for the night shift.

"The increase in police visibility and action has created an environment conducive for our employees to return to work and isolated incidents of intimidation and violence are being dealt with," it said in a statement.

Amplats said those who did not return to work would be in violation of a court order, which declared the strike illegal last week.

"Anglo American Platinum has communicated to its employees the requirement to return to work by night shift on Thursday 20 September, failing which legal avenues will be pursued."

It said its Rustenburg operation was already under considerable economic pressure and any further delays would increase the risk to long-term viability.

  • Erna - 2012-09-20 11:35

    Happy, happy South Africa!!

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-20 11:47

      R17 000 Tjo this is out of control

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-20 12:42

      Fire anyOne getting more than R10 000, trolling

      djmarcosa - 2012-09-20 13:31

      i'm going to apply to become a this rate it's going to be one of the highest paid jobs around. my word they are earning more then people with qualifications...

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-20 11:45

    Learn from Lonmin, anyone who goes to work will be dealt with by the engage with these the moment they don't care if the strike is legal or illegal...all they want is a decent pay...believe me your mine will be shut down if you don't engage with them.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-20 12:05

      More people will die with this attitude, is it realy worth it?

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-20 12:39

      Do you have any idea how many people need jobs in this country? I did recruitment for a mine and people came from all over South Africa just to get a job. So in my opinion FIRE them all! There are a lot of people who would happily take the job and many of them have the skills to the job, so seriously no loss.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-20 13:10

      OSMA You are a puss. Google 'Bert the cat vs cat balloon and see what happens to pusses

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-09-20 11:46

    Pay the workers a livable wage

  • letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-09-20 11:47

    R17000 pip? Sheesh okes, I'll come strike for that too! You gotta give it to them at least, they dream big

  • Pete7930 - 2012-09-20 11:49

    maybe if the police still used live rounds the protestors would reconsider their actions

  • Jaap - 2012-09-20 11:50

    R17000.00 per month? This is insane. I don't understand these people's mentality, why burn their own people's "shops"? Lonmin really created a serious problem for the rest of the mining industry. In future this is going to be the trend break, destroy and burn if your demands are not adhered to. What unrealistic demands. Not even animals behave like they do. If they get shot then it is always somebody else's fault.

  • david.coetzee.77 - 2012-09-20 11:50

    And once again the police sit back and just watch as peoples livelyhood is broken into, robbed and destroyed.

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-09-20 12:42

      I dont think that they had much choice in the matter, given the reaction they got (for doing their jobs) at Lonmin!

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-09-20 11:52

    Letsallbefriends... Why don't you I am sure your wage is a lot higher?

  • fdalana - 2012-09-20 11:54

    this profession is becoming lucrative. I wonder which institution offers the relevant qualifications.

  • sipho.sebokasi - 2012-09-20 11:55

    This wage would help us a lot.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-20 12:06

    This is going to end in more job losses, Lonmin already shed some workers.

      omphile.umphimodise - 2012-09-20 12:28

      Please deon stop lying. Lonmin has never fired or retrenched anybody. They just terminated their contract with Murray and Roberts and the affected employees are Murray and Roberts' employees not Lonmin's.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-20 12:15


  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-20 12:24

    lol. Well. there are already speculation that about 10 000 jobs is gonna be lost soon. So carry on idiots. You'll be the ones crying when there is NO money coming in anymore.

  • hsebolelo - 2012-09-20 12:26

    Stupid Anglo miners\r\n..R17 000, se gat

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-20 13:07

    R17 000 for unskilled labour?? preposterous this is, insane ekse. Even most graduates don't earn that much ...myself included, I'l be earning less than R10 000 as an LLB graduate. These miners got no student loans to pay, they never spent 4 years of sleepless nights and restless days stressing about books, and yet they think they are worth R17 000? I bet the same striking miners are the same people who were begging for a job willing to accept peanuts years back that they got the job they think they are worth thousands

  • willem.boshoff.94 - 2012-09-20 13:18

    For the poor uninformed ignorant Osmaseko WAKE UP and smell the roses. The mine closes and all of these people sit without ANY work or ANY salary. How stupid can anyone be, this is unbelievable

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-09-20 17:07

    Will throwing police at these areas solve a problem?

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-09-20 17:07

    Will throwing police at these areas solve a problem?

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