Five held for naked miners

2012-11-06 14:29

Johannesburg - Five people have been arrested for allegedly forcing four workers at Anglo American's Amandelbult mine to strip naked, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

"They were arrested on 1 November and they appeared in court on 2 November, facing charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, indecent assault, and illegal gathering," Colonel Ronel Otto said.

The outcome of the trial held at Northam Magistrate's Court was not immediately available.

According to media reports on Tuesday, the SA Human Rights Commission was investigating reports that photographs of non-striking mineworkers who had been stripped naked had been circulated on social media.

"As the commission, we will be taking up this matter," SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena told SAfm.

"We have mandated our Limpopo office to take up the matter at the mine, and we... call on the police to investigate this, because this is clearly a criminal act."

The New Age reported on Monday that strikers forced four workers at the Amandelbult mine to strip naked to punish them for reporting for work.

A photograph in the newspaper showed three men over the age of 50 and a woman in her 30s standing naked in front of a crowd of striking workers.

Mangena said the SAHRC would work with the Commission for Gender Equality to "look at what can be done to protect the rights of women and men whose pictures have been circulating [on] the social media".

The New Age reported on Tuesday that the administrators of social networking site Facebook removed the pictures on Monday afternoon.

Anglo American Platinum miners are currently on an unprotected strike at its Union and Amandelbult mines in Limpopo.

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-06 14:34

    If only SAPs was just as efficient at catching the rapists and murderers!

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-11-06 14:45

    But then NUM/Cosatu will tell us about ''innocent, defenceless, poor exploited workers'' whose only sin was to ask for what rightfully belongs to them. Yet this is what they do. Its not the first time this happens

      marc.ross.965 - 2012-11-07 10:36

      Here in Cape Town female commuters were stripped naked on a train platform for not supporting a strike. And people are wondering why we are intollerant of each other. Very easy, we are getting piss%d off at animal behaviour.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 14:45

    These guys should be treated the same as the white guys at Bloem uni. Unless it is only whites that can violate human dignity?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-06 14:48

    This country is becoming a shameful example of how low human beings can go!

      braamc - 2012-11-06 17:49

      Not all human yet

  • pdvermaak - 2012-11-06 14:52

    To hell with these miners, sis man, disgusting behavior.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-11-06 14:52

    A bit of an unfortunately worded headline - conjures up all sorts of imagery ...... were they trying to get away from the naked miners?

  • michael.hein.7374 - 2012-11-06 14:56

    Are you crazy Larry????? When white people do it, it is called "racism" when black people do it is is called " crime"

  • karin.perold - 2012-11-06 15:15

    If you don't work, there will be no plausible income to pay Are we in the dam dark ages?? Why cant they just approach this like civilized people?? What must the rest of the world think of South Africa....we take weapons to a wage dispute, and if you don't participate, this type of behavior happens... GROW UP!!

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-11-06 15:17

    South africa we are becoming a loughing stock of other countries, even the Zim people dont behave like this.

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-06 15:28

    Remove them from the workers pool!

      JohnDough - 2012-11-06 19:28

      You are lower than the striking scum, capitalising on what is a national tragedy. The legality of this pathetic venture is surely in question. As at time of this posting only 906 people have visted your site since the 22nd of October so it seems to be doomed to fail. Sies on you Carel.

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