Guard hacked to death at KZN mine

2012-10-03 12:19

Durban - A security guard was killed during an illegal strike over wages at Petmin's Somkhele mine near Mtubatuba, the Witness reported on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said the security guard was hacked to death on Monday night during a 30-minute power outage.

Mdletshe said two guards were on duty, one was inside a hut at one of the mine gates and the other outside the hut when they were attacked.

The guard who survived told the Witness five men carrying bush knives accosted him and asked him why he was working during a strike. He said he took out a pocket knife and threatened the men.

"I then saw a gap and ran as fast as I could and hid in the bushes not too far from the gate," he was quoted as saying.

BP Nxumalo, who was inside the hut, was killed despite having a shotgun. Police believe the attackers took Nxumalo's gun after killing him.

The strike at Somkhele started last week and the first violence was reported on Monday night.

The workers wanted a take-home salary of R10 000 and R15 000 a month. They currently earned between R4 000 to R6 000.

According to a statement on the company's website, about 345 workers employed by Sandton Plant Hire, the opencast contractor at Petmin’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Tendele Coal Mining (Pty) Ltd, the operator of Somkhele, were on an unprotected strike. A court interdict had been obtained, declaring the strike unlawful.

  • neilmurray13 - 2012-10-03 12:35

    Fire all the workers participating in the (now) illegal strike, and open a murder investigation. The violence associated with strikes must end. This is not civilised behaviour.

      logical007 - 2012-10-03 13:46

      Fire with live ammunition???

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-03 12:35

    People getting killed because of the ludicrous greed of others :(

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-10-03 12:35

    And after reading the headline, any sympathy/empathy I may have had with the strikers and their demands go out the window. The poor man was working to feed his family and because he chooses not to join in strike action, he gets hacked to death. Absolutely barbaric. RIP sir.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-03 12:42

      Exactly - no sympathy for Barbarians.

  • denis.rossadams - 2012-10-03 12:49

    Doesn't sound like the gaurd even thought about using the gun....

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-03 12:54

    killers should be killed, no life sentence, just kill them. and i think to make it fair, they should be killed the same way they commited their murder.

  • Badger - 2012-10-03 13:11

    "History Repeating Itself ???"

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-03 14:38

    Savages much?

  • philip.harris.967 - 2012-10-03 15:29

    Violence like this cannot be justified. Neither can paying human beings slave wages for hard labour. We have some huge issues in our Mining industry which reflect our society. Many of our Mines have very low grade Ore and rely on cheap labour for their existence.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-05 13:50

      Philip, fair comment, then you have to ask the workers / miners do they wish to continue working for a wage that makes the mine a going concern or do we close the mine and resultant unemployment, it really is that simple.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-01 13:13

      Tell me Philip were they forced in any way to owrk there or did they apply to work there thereby accepting the wage/salary offered. If you not happy with the salary find a better paid job

  • arm.witmens - 2012-10-03 15:31

    So according to a certian moron on here ( read bheki ) this behaviour is totally acceptable because the miners were living in poor conditions.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-03 16:30

    and Now there is a Maniac running around with a Firearm more deaths to follow....

  • vincent.surics - 2012-10-05 13:23

    I suppose the SA Human Rights Commission will investigate whether the dead guard provoked the ones who killed him and provide support to them to ensure their rights aren't violated

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