Guards kill strikers at KZN mine

2012-10-31 18:09

Durban - Two workers were shot dead by security at a mine near Dannhauser in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday after trying to break into the mine's armoury, police said.

Colonel Jay Naicker said 100 striking workers gathered at the mine in the Ladybank area of Dannhauser on Wednesday morning.

"Around 10:30 some of the workers apparently attempted to break into an armoury on the mine and they were dispersed by mine security."

He said some security officers chased the dispersing miners into a nearby informal settlement where shots were fired, wounding two men.

Both were taken for medical treatment, but died later.

Naicker said two counts of murder were being investigated and that police were at the scene. Firearms were seized from the security personnel to determine who had fired the fatal shots.

Naicker said the names of those killed could not be released, because their next-of-kin had not been informed of their deaths.

National Union of Mineworkers KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Bongani Manyoni expressed shock at the deaths.

He said he could confirm that one of the men was a NUM member and identified him as Zanele Mthethwa. The other man was not known to him.

The miners have been on strike at the Magdalena coal mine since 17 October.

Manyoni said the miners had initially been demanding a minimum R3 000 increase for the lowest paid workers, but had through negotiations modified their demands to an increase of between R1 500 and R2 000 a month.

He said the owners of the mine, Forbes Coal, had been offering an 8.5% increase.

The lowest paid of the miners according to Manyoni were earning in the region of R3 800 a month, which meant the Forbes’ offer amounted to an increase of less than R400 a month.

Stephan Theron, the chief executive of Forbes Coal, said the company would comment later.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-31 18:20

    Wipe out the vermin. The security guards were simply doing their job: protecting property (and probably their own lives).

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 19:15

      Breaking into an armoury can only mean one thing: they were planning something violent. Good on the officers.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-31 19:18

      Did you notice 'NUM is shock at the deaths' not by the attemped break-in.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-31 19:20

      It is sad when people start celebrating death.

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-31 20:03

      You live by the sward you die by the sward.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-31 21:16

      Frank, I have to agree with you, much as it sticks in my throat, death is nothing to celebrate, however, I think these two deserved it, trying to break into the armoury can only mean they were willing to kill others. @ kensong, you have no clue as to what actually went down when they were shot and killed, they may have attacked the two guard with weapons they had in their homes. We can all speculate until the end of time, fact remains, neither you or I or anyone commenting on here know what really went on when the guards confronted these two men. I suggest you wait until the case has been investigated before claiming murder, either in cold blood or otherwise. Should the guards have followed them? Absolutely, they were criminals on the run. Should the guards have shot them? let's wait for the result of the investigation.

      johny.stront - 2012-11-01 09:20

      Well done security!! Keep Up the good work!!

  • kabelobernard.mokone - 2012-10-31 18:32

    The justice authorities need 2 send a very STRONG message to the S.A. society to condemn the human killings.The two dead men should've been caught alive and got punished for their deeds.The two security personnel should face their evil deeds accordingly and severely,period!

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-31 19:14

      Idiot they should have shot all 100 of them do you think they would hold a tea party with the weapons if they actually got into the armory? Can't think further than the anc tells you!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 19:15

      Nonsense. Breaking into a weapons store, what were they planning, a picnic?

      kitty2wp - 2012-10-31 19:17

      "STRONG message to the S.A. society to condemn the human killings" ... KABELO explain this one to the criminals.

      John - 2012-10-31 20:00

      The 40 thumbs down obviously do not support the constitution or the criminal procedures act. ANARCHY RULES for them. I hope they experience the same. They will soon change their view!!!

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-31 20:43

      John please tell me how breaking in theft assault attempted murder etc would be okay if they broke into that armory they should kill all the violent miners! Every last one of them because they think they can hack people to death and the constitution protects them? Fk the constitution and the miners! Animals!

      dewald.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-01 08:39

      People do not get punished in South Africa. You murder and rape and get out in 1 year. You rob and steal and get out in 6 months . SA is the only land in the world where criminals don't get punished properly. That's why in SA crime pays.

  • hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-10-31 18:33

    The consequences of Marikana.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-31 18:38

    I dread to think what would have happened if the break-in had been successful.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-31 18:39

    There we go again!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-31 18:39

    Bravo! Give those security a Bells! Why do you think those miners were breaking into the armoury? To kill and destroy!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-31 18:40

    They cannot be identified as the next of kin had not been informed . W.T.F ...He said he could confirm that one of the men was a NUM member and identified him as Zanele Mthethwa. The other man was not known to him.

  • Rudluv7 - 2012-10-31 18:50

    "Trespassers will be shot,survivors will be shot again"

      tw2066 - 2012-10-31 19:14

      beats the alternative of a 10 year long court case, which will lead to a 5 minute prison sentence, followed by a Zooma Royal Pardon anyway. Shoot em and get done with it, save the tax payers money for Zuma homestead.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-31 19:15

    thank heavens the guards had guns - otherwise they'd be the ones dead like those security guards at Marikana who were hacked to death.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-31 19:23

    Guards pls shoot to kill i will serve ur tíme

  • Gcina.PSJ.Sotiya - 2012-10-31 19:26

    What the hell is going on in this country? The miners are also making it hard for us to sympathise with them!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-31 19:27

    Guards pls shoot to kill i will serve ur tym in prison

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-10-31 19:30

    Shame. Breaking in is a criminal offence, and they got what they deserved. Well done to the security guards doing their job. Someone has to do it as government fails to enforce law and order.

  • John - 2012-10-31 19:30

    Definitely 2 counts of murder. Maltrained thugs with guns following the example of the thug SAPS.

      JamesMWood - 2012-10-31 20:14

      Did you read they were trying to break into the armoury, now what do you imagine is stored ina mines armoury and I can guarantee they weren't looking for guy faulks fire works!

  • Hans Senior - 2012-10-31 19:32

    Why are the guards being punished for doing their work? Kill or be killed.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-10-31 19:37

    Why chase them, if they were dispersing? And chase them all the way to their place of resident Hayikona madoda

      Jenny - 2012-11-01 08:26

      @majwarha.balakisi So if someone breaks into my house and they run away we should leave them because they were not an immediate threat? I think you should wake up to reality. All over the world people get punished for their crimes be it theft, rape, assault, intimidation. How do you leave people that openly commits a crime and actualy feel sorry for them?

      dewald.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-01 08:43

      They were only dispersing because the are cowards. They tried to break in and do something bad with the weapons and then they flee because they don't have the back bone to take the punishment of their crimes. Live like animals die like animals

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-31 19:44

    Why chase them? Do we have ALL the details? NO! Security would not endanger themselves for nothing!

  • Kallie Buys - 2012-10-31 20:26


  • muke.matshaba - 2012-10-31 20:47

    If democracy is defending the wrong doers i think its time to move away from it,during apartheit life was much more better than now,the hardships wer there but poverty was not as rife,politicians hav instilled hatred in blacks towards white folks but to b honest whites r blessed nd are more of help than a blackman should to his own species

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