Guards die in burning car

2012-08-12 16:33

Johannesburg - Two security guards were killed when their car was set alight in Nkaneng, near Marikana outside Rustenburg, on Sunday, North West police said.

The killing was linked to an ongoing conflict between two unions which had members on mines in the area, spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

"Investigations as to how the guards were killed are underway and we will provide further details as soon as it becomes available."

Four mineworkers were shot and wounded on Friday and Saturday.

Ngubane said two supporters of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were shot, allegedly by supporters of the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday night. The two organisations were reportedly fighting for control at local mines.

Amcu members had earlier marched at the Karee mine on Friday, demanding a 12% salary increase.

"Later the night NUM employees were prevented from going to work. A shooting... took place and two people were wounded."

Ngubane said the Amcu-aligned group gathered at Karee hostel on Saturday, and moved to Nkaneng, where two more NUM members were shot and wounded.

Cases of attempted murder were opened.

In February the two unions clashed over membership at Impala Platinum's mines.

  • John - 2012-08-12 21:44


      lownabester - 2012-08-12 22:39

      Agree 100%, this is horrific

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-08-13 00:02

      What depresses me , is that I can guarantee that there will be no arrests and prosecution, Every time a union is involved and people are killed , there seems to be no investigations, arressts etc, Somehow these crimes escape the justice system. It appears the crowd mentality rules as it is difficult to charge those responsible. It is a safety in numbers game and guess who is winning. Innocent people have died at the hands of these savages, fighting to gain power! Unions, taxi associations, political parties etc etc, all gain and maintain power by violence in this country.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-12 21:45

    Gangsterism. Savages.

  • merushan - 2012-08-12 21:48

    Natural instinct...

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-12 22:07

    No John, negotiations African style. Nothing new here.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-12 22:14

    Feel sorry for the workers that just want to go to work , but then they are the targets for not listening to the unions!!!! Condolences to the families!!!

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-12 22:16

    what is wrong with these people, savage barbarians

  • khwalo.matandabuzo - 2012-08-12 22:20

    The action of murder of the tow guards in the NKANENG MINES is terribla and should be seroiously investigated before moer killings. We have been hearing rumours that there are also FIVE more miners that have been killed by the striking group. There are threats that the group that has started the strike are attcking those that belong to the NUM, whose memebers go for work. Fully armed police or Millitary troops should be on the alert for such incidences as happened in Sharpville. This should be taken seriously by also deployong police in all mines belonging to the Nkaneng Mines. Our relative feel thretened as they waznt to go for work beceuse their Union does not suport that strike.Governmenmt must do something as it may be true thatther are seven, instead of the two fuards that have been brutally killed.From Khwalo in Lusikisiki Eastern Cape

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-12 22:23


      sobholenyoni.kasoshangani - 2012-08-12 23:48

      My dog is very angry at your comment. Animals dont do such things. Animals are very civilized

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-12 22:24


  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-12 22:35

    demanding a 12% salary increase!! The repo rate is down, because inflation is down. Economic growth is faltering. Some power hungry savage is leading them by holding a carrot of more than double inflation rate salary increases. So what have they done to deserve a 6%+ salary growth? They certainly did not work for it. I have to assume that slurping at the gravy trough is not for all. Those that cannot do so are happy to keep demanding, in a mindset of entitlement, until it is a race between the two who can cripple the economy the fastest. Never you mind the unemployed, poor and hunger. They can vote OK, just not interfere with our frenzied money hungry orgy.... But this situation is OK is it not Messrs Government?

  • jakes.cakedregs - 2012-08-12 22:39

    This is the beginning of mob rule: ochlocracy in its infancy. How terribly sad!

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-12 22:48

      You did mean Adhocracy, right?

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-12 22:39

    And this is what we're supposed to have respect for and consider our countrymen? Sorry, no can do!

  • NeF1LiM - 2012-08-12 22:44

    The time of the mineworker is soon coming to a close in South Africa. SA has some of the deepest shafts in the world, and it is simply not profitable to keep those mines operational - using conventional methods. The way forward will be to use machines to bore into the smaller gold seams. Machines do not strike. Machines do not vote for goddamn ANC. I sincerely hope that the perpetrators of this crime. die screaming.

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-08-12 23:10

    Some union members are nothing but behave like terrorists, many Osama Bin Ladens among unions are dragging genuine cause of Unions down. They burn, loot, beat and cause millions of loses and our government seem to be soft in confronting them head on because these are our mental challenged comrades. What a shame.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-13 09:55

    If the miners resort to killing to get a wage increase, I hope they never get to enjoy their ill gotten gain. The wheel turns, maybe at a slow rate, but it turns never the less. As mines costs soar, more and more close down due to non profitability. May they again suffer the pain of unemployment, hunger, and abject filth and poverty, which will surely come, and is their fair due.

  • noedig.greene - 2012-08-13 12:40

    I agree this is barbaric something u would hav excpected from police special forces during the Apartheid era.

  • riotousr - 2012-08-13 13:10

    100% animalistic. IQ = 13

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-13 14:33

    Now i hope they arrest those involved and jail them - then they won't have to worry about any increases. Do these people actually have a conscience? How do they sleep at night?

  • Frekkie Patsa - 2014-05-02 20:18

    Police must intervene and defend workers who want to continue with their, even if it becomes marikana 2.Amcu members are doing whatever they feel like, other people must be protected.

  • Frekkie Patsa - 2014-05-02 20:23

    This Amcu is the source of the problem Mathujwa must be arrested, because he is rhe one responsible for this violence, Amplat must only retrenched Amcu members.

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