Defiant workers back on Marikana hilltop

2012-08-20 16:33

Rustenburg - Thousands of striking Lonmin miners and Marikana residents gathered on Monday at the hilltop where police opened fire on them last week.

Mine worker Zolisa Bodlani told colleagues that the government had claimed the Wonderkop hill was its property.

"Who is the government? We are going to meet at that mountain today [Monday]," Bodlani said.

A total of 34 workers were killed on Thursday when police tried to disperse a group gathered on the hill.

In the preceding week, 10 people were killed in violent protests at the mine.

At Monday's gathering, prayers were led by African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe and other religious leaders.

"I pray for peace, wisdom and reconciliation. Let peace come out of this," said Meshoe.

Several policemen in armoured vehicles kept watch.

  • Zeebbrah - 2012-08-20 16:39

    Déjà vu

      veldt66 - 2012-08-20 17:42

      This has all the hallmarks of a pending revolution!!!! It started like this in Arab countries, I hpe I'm wrong, all of writing here u don't realize how much support these people have\\\

      tw2066 - 2012-08-20 19:51

      veldt66, there are fewer of them each time the SAPS get involved. Good to see them "mourning" - as ordered by Spearloins Showerkop. Oh, I note they ask who the government is - well in case they missed it, it was that dude in the shiney new car with an armed escort, the same dude who had a strapping time with Irvin Khosa daughter, the same dude who showers to kill AIDS, the same one with a toll gate between his teeth, just like the ones in Gauteng, the same one who lets some dude out of jail so that he could rape a granny... You know the guy that Julias loves to hate, the same guy who claims that South Africa is a non racial democracy (for most rural folk in KZN) ... That guy.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-20 16:47

    The best comment I heard on 702 today was that if these miners were shareholders this would never have happened. Should have had an options plan like microsoft. Bit late now but still could make a difference

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-20 17:15

      Employee shareholders, will make unions almost redundant, and it should be the way all mines should operate. South African Breweries went this way more than twenty years ago, and they have never looked back, and they have not had a strike for the last two decades. The company has grown, without fail, with opportunities abound for all staff their families and shares keep increasing in value. They have expanded abroad, and they included the local staff in this expansion with international shares. The company continues to grow and so do the people who work for them. Such a model should be tweaked for our commodities sector, as some mines already have, and have paid out huge dividend to workers. Such news is good news for all South African's. Aurora and the likes of Lonmin are leaches and stumbling blocks in the growth of our economy.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-20 17:16

      It would still happen...because they wouldn't have ENOUGH free shares...

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 17:42

      absolutely agree, this will put the unions & malema out of business, I cant think why this has not been done.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-20 16:55

    This is blatant lack of pevention on the police for not stopping access to the "mountain" and those gathered there are nothing other than lawless $h!t stirrers,who should be arrested,or sent to live at jujus house!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-20 16:57

    if you've been fired, and you're still on company property - don't you get escorted off by security? I would be....... oh waaaait..........

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-20 17:04

    The spirits of the dead is calling for their friends.Police must just leave these fools alone!Respect a fool to avoid bloodshed!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-20 20:04

      And its thoughs same spirits that entered your friends and made them stupid and arrogant to charge the police and kill 10 innocent men!!!!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-20 20:15

      Sorry I meant to say entered thoughs fools and not your friends

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-20 17:04

    I hope they will just leave them and if they die of hunger so what.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-20 17:05

    Leave them on the koppie and pray it snows.

  • John - 2012-08-20 17:06

    Live and let live. WE do not have all the facts and grievances. Find out what they are. Who would enjoy working underground in a mine? Have any COMMENTORS worked a day in a mine? I seriously would doubt it. These guys are grossly underpaid. They should be given a tiny share of their production as an incentive to produce. Give them a break. I certainly would not like to do their job!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-20 17:14

      We have gross unemployment & these people will NEVER get the R12,500.00 they are after NEVER!...Sure it's not a great job but hey, find something else! do not burn people to death chop others up with a knife!!...

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 17:49

      go to china, malasia, Thailand, or Indonesia, there they work 300% more for a bowl of rice a day, there they cut salaries so that they can buy 1/2 a bowl of rice instead of losing a job, they were perfectly able to strike peacefully & legally, why do it violently & illegally, so there is no excuse for their behavior, no matter how well or badly they are paid, but I do agree that a share is a no-brainer

      kevin.walker.92754 - 2012-08-20 17:58

      What always amazes me is the total lack of appreciation by the workers that they [unlike many others] at least have a job! How about a "thank you" to their employers for providing them with a means to put some food on the family table. And hey, if you are unhappy with your working conditions or remuneration then it's easy, just leave, nobody is forcing you to stay but if you elect to do so then be grateful for what you've got and stop demanding more.

      Ngole Fussih - 2012-08-20 18:00

      I agree with u John, these guys r risking their lives on daily underground to be killed where they r supposed to be safe is unfair and total illogically. I don't condon violence but it should not be an eye for an eye.

      Sean O'Brien Snr - 2012-08-20 18:04

      Have in fact, for 12 years. Not a nice job I agree. Does wages justify murder!? I think not!! Easy to sit on the side and have uninformed opinions. Ever been in cross-fire or under attack from a mob? If not, do not judge!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-20 20:02

      @ John so u are condoning the violence? Sorry but it doesn't give them the right to kill 10 innocent people period end of story.

  • bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-08-20 17:09

    Drop Blue dye on them from a helicopter and arrest all the blue ones bit like Avitar all over again. If you are a blue miner you are out

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-20 17:15

    You never fire to the stupid who plan a boeremaag,but to the innocents who just want a wages increase

      bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-08-20 17:21

      @ Mzukisijola : an "inocent" is an out of control marauding protestor who previously chopped up a person who is now swinging a panga supported by his comrade firing live ammunition at armed police. would that describe your man i ask ?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 17:50

      look up the word legal, next time maybe they should do things legally without murdering others

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-20 17:53

      NOT innocent when you show up to a strike carrying a gun!!!!! Your ignorance is showing!

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-20 20:10

      Yes because they weren't swining pangas and spears at the police needless to say shooting at the saps as well!!!!!

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-20 17:30

    Back on hilltop of course on the instruction of the inyanga

      mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-20 17:44

      Back to the hilltop because they get only R4000 I don't know you can survive with that money. Its a lesson to be learn by our brothers that the anc and the alliance sell us out

  • mtukulu - 2012-08-20 17:35

    Most if not all of them will pass the Insanity test with flying colours, so please stop calling them "Fools" they are not qualified to deserve that title.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 17:54

      no not fools, they have been used by others to fight political battles, that includes AMCU

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 17:40

    he says "who is the government" this shows that they are completely defiant, what have they been told & by whom to make them think this way, whey want to fight, this is war talk, Mr Malema you have blood on your hands, many black people will die because of your lies.

      mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-20 17:46

      Is because malema is talking about economic freedom ?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-20 17:56

      Malemas version of "economic freedom" is going to be the downfall of ALL South Africas freedom-every single colour of the so called rainbow nation!!!!!!!!

  • reitz.devilliers - 2012-08-20 17:55

    If you pray for wisdom, God will give you an opportunity to be wise, If you ask for peace, God will give you an opportunity to be peaceful. Storming at the police and shooting at them is not a good way to have peace or exercise wisdom. Its a sad day indeed when 34 people die. But you don't storm a Lion and then turn around and cry when it bites you... And yes... the Police are... in this case, the king of this jungle.

  • bongani.sibiya.507 - 2012-08-20 17:57

    Lonmin, give the people a decent living wage and let business go on, you can afford it. Then Malema and co can crawl back under their rock and stop using this platform to fight for their decomposed political careers at the expense of the less fortunate.

  • jan.matsetela - 2012-08-20 18:20

    They deserve more than they are asking for raise..raise or they dont get back to work.

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  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-20 20:21

    Ok, so the remaining fools, who still believe that the traditional doctor will this time really make them invisible, are defiant, going to the same hill again? Who is advising these poor thinkers?

  • robert.cerff - 2012-08-21 12:37

    Wouldn't this now be an illegal gathering. Arrest the rest of these bastards and employ people that actually want to work!

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