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Families distraught over Marikana footage

2012-10-23 13:50

Rustenburg - Family members of miners shot and killed at the Lonmin Platinum mine collapsed and broke into loud sobs as video footage of the shooting was shown to the judicial commission of inquiry on Tuesday.

Proceedings came to a halt as a number of women wailed and fell to the floor.

A woman started screaming and shouting as another two tried to console her.

Many had to be carried out as their emotions took over.

Commission chair retired judge Ian Farlam apologised to the families, saying he had not realised that particular footage was of the shooting.

The police opened fire while trying to disperse a group encamped on a hill in Nkaneng, killing 34 mineworkers and wounding 78 on August 16.

The workers had been carrying knobkerries, pangas, sticks and iron rods.

Workers at the mine went on strike on August 10, demanding a monthly salary of R12 500.

Within four days, 10 people had been killed, two of them policemen and two of them security guards.

Three video clips supplied by eNews were shown to the commission.

The first two videos were from August 16 about an hour before the shooting.

This was to give the commission context to what happened before the shooting.

The third video showed the miners on the hill and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa on his knees, pleading with them to leave.

The footage then showed the moment police opened fire.

Straight afterwards the auditorium at the Rustenburg Civic Centre fell silent.

The silence was then broken by distraught family members reacting to the footage they had just seen.

Comments
  • scouter.fourone - 2012-10-23 14:22

    Forgive my cynicism ... but I see an attempt for a claim for compensation arising out of these court room amateur dramatics... What about the families of the Police, Security members that were butchered? Who is representing them in this whole production?

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-23 14:40

      Typical African Mentality - The 5 word plan ( Whats in it for me )

      customdesign - 2012-10-23 15:08

      Don't be stupid- these people lost their loved ones, whether they were guilty or not, they were their family's bread winners, husbands, and fathers. It seems everyone is being represented there.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-23 15:25

      @Holdanigono, I very much doubt that the hitherto honourable institution of 'family bread winners, husbands and fathers' has much to do with it. Such people do not behave in such an irresponsible manner... I wouldn't, at least knowing that I had a wife, son & daughter back at home who were relying on me.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-23 15:31

      @ scouter.fourone, Your cynicism is unfortunately unforgivable. Do remember that real people died, who were loved by their families, and their families just saw their death on tv. Now, use whatever little of that pig material you call a brain and try to be empathetic. If you saw a video of the murder of your child, father or brother, how would you react. You and the other 29 pigs that thumped you up must go to the nearest hell. @ Bennie...you are also a pig

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-23 16:41

      @Gerald - your eloquence, good manners and reasoning do you resounding credit. And just by the way, I have witnessed more brutality and morally unjustified inhumanity than your young years will ever, and I hope, never know.... 'Never judge a book by it's cover', so to speak. But then again that is just coming from a 'pig brain' .......

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-10-23 19:31

      @ scouter You may be older than me and you may question my reasoning, do take note that I am 33 years, and I am reasonably educated, both at home and formally, I do not need tertiary education to realise the trauma in seeing a loved one die in tv footage. Now to be indifferent is one thing, but to call the grief dramatics is shocking. You may have witnessed more inhumanity and brutality than my young years but sir that is no reason for you to lose your inhumanity and sensitivity to human suffering. In my line of work, with my wet ears, I have seen enough death and misery to note that I will never cascade my ego above the suffering with callous statements like you just made, and if that is a sign of maturity then I rather remain immature. You sir and those that you up are simply disgusting. You are pigs. I hope you never have to see the death of those you love, esp on tv, and have someone call you dramatic when you cry

  • michael.bushes.7 - 2012-10-23 14:24

    If only they can march like this to the ANC headquarters, the ANCYL headquarters and COSATU headquarters. I think that day is coming closer and faster than I expected. People, heres a silent extreme left wing revolution taking place. To all the coloureds and whites reading this, its time to fix your CV up to get ready to flee the country with your kids.

      Andrea - 2012-10-23 14:54

      You left out the Indians, fool.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-10-23 14:57

      You're NOT wise Micheal! Not at all...

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-23 14:38

    I can't even imagine the pain and sorrow of seeing footage of a loved one in a pool of blood and riddled with bullets. It's painful as it is to see your loved one in a coffin. May these people's families find peace, hopefully they are receiving some counselling.

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-23 14:41

      They dont want councelling they want money , they want money even if they were wrong !!

      beki.khumalo - 2012-10-23 14:54

      And you know this how Bennie? Were they wrong to go on strike demanding a meaningful living wage? Were all the miners involved hooligans? Do you realise the human face in all this?

  • Makhavele - 2012-10-23 14:47

    I think we should call racesm and corruption (Apartheit) so that we can defeat them?

      Andrea - 2012-10-23 15:10

      You're not making sense, please shut up.

      phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-23 16:36

      Go and call you ansitors find a somgoma ashole

  • dimitripappas - 2012-10-23 14:53

    Excuse my apparent lack in sympathy, but they can cry all they want. If it wasn't the miners killed that day, it would have been the police. The police defended themselves from imminent attack, and in that case had no option but to utilize maximum force. People need to understand this fact. If these womens' husbands thought that they could take on the cops, then unfortunately they need to face the consequences of such stupidity of their husbands. If that means tears, so be it. Sorry. The miners left the cops with 2 alternatives. TWO. There is no 3rd alternative. Out of the two choices the cops had (kill, OR be killed), they made the right one

      lsfreak - 2012-10-23 15:13

      Everybody is saying the same crap... "the police were protecting themselves" please like WTF. Of all the miners shot while "attacking" the police how many guns were found... anyone one, anyone one, Ah yes 2 so please if you are confronted by stickwaving, stone carrying protestors that's no need to shot the crap out them. The cops over reacted if under orders or not. I stand by what I posted in another article "Where were the cops in the RIOT gear carring shield and the battons". It's that old saying "You don't take a knife to gun fight" but in reverse :/

  • Tobie Vd Vyver - 2012-10-23 14:55

    It's a pity there's no video footage of where the barbaric miners hacked those policemen to death...wonder what these family members would say if they saw what their husbands and fathers did?

      lsfreak - 2012-10-23 15:16

      And I bet you've never got anger and hit anybody either. Even tho the miners did that seams like the people of SA only live by the Old Testament "Eye for an Eye" :/ There's no hope for us then ;'(

      natanya.reyneke - 2012-10-23 16:41

      Exactly no video footage, were you their to witness it Tobie? How can you say barbaric miners, they are people that wanted to better their lives under the circumstance that they live and they stood together, i'm not saying by striking and protesting is the right avenue, but being killed for what you believe in, is not right under what ever circumstance. Think about it, who has the power struggle, the miners or the cops??

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2012-10-23 18:00

    carrying guns to a protest, they intended war and its war they got, unfortunately they came up second best....stupid fools

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