Heavy police presence at Lonmin mine

2012-08-16 07:43

Johannesburg - Police continued to patrol the violence-stricken Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, a spokesperson said on Thursday morning.

"There was a high police presence at the mine throughout Wednesday night and we have not received any reports of violence or deaths," Captain Dennis Adriao said.

Police officials would hold a media briefing at the mine at 08:30 on Thursday.

Thousands of Lonmin rock drill operators started an illegal strike and protest march on Friday.

Ten people - two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and three other men - have been killed since then.

The protests are believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher wages. They claim to be earning R4 000 a month, with those living outside the hostel earning an extra R1 000. Reported demands have included pay of R12 500 a month.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-16 08:12

    Shoot the mothers, and use live ammunition

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-16 08:13

    HEAVY......yes we know THEY all FAT

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-16 08:17

    Damn animals. Rapa and murder rife in the country, and where are our police...? yes, sitting and babysitting some striking morons that cant behave themselves. "They gathered on the hill to receive bravery from a sangoma" other words, they sat up on thill, got pissed and were brave enough to cause more sh#t! DONT LET THEM DICTATE WHO IS IN CHARGE, POLICE, YOU SHOW THEM! We cant be help hostage to these people every strike, its absolutely disgusting. We need to stop engulfing resources into pointless mood swings of strikers areound the country. imagine where we could be if we could actively use these wasted resources to better the lives of the SA people!!

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-16 08:44

    Just let these zoons finish each other off. Let them clean up the gene pool a little.

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-08-16 08:50

    How will water canon to arm protester

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-08-16 08:53

    how will U use water canon to armed protesters

  • Kaykay - 2012-08-16 09:09

    When minors or employees go on strike, the hit hard in the pocket of their master! in this case the owners of the mines. They also hit hard on their pockets BUT they earn close to nothing in anyway and they come from poverty stricken societies, so they know ho to survive. Their demand of high salaries is genuine... BUT violence is not and should be condemened at all costs. People killed are someone's brother, uncle, father and bread winners. Can the master also make sure that he is vigilant to this kind of things and try to avoid it by all means. Pay people what is due and reasonable, Stop making others feel wanted by allowing them to work while most people are protesting. Once people start protest, places of work must be a no go area to avoid criminal activities. But no MASTER want to do that because they want to maximize profit at all cost. Those of you who see these frustrated people as none thinkers and black behavior, and giving examples of how white people get shot and jailed for crimes while these people are negotiated with, (@ Claudia_Meads) should also comment on things like these in this youtube clip: Claudia_Meads

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-16 09:30

      When miners go on strike it affects the economy which affects you and I, there demand of trebile the salary is ridiculous, where is one suppose to get the money when the mines have to meet a target? The world is in a reccesion the demand and supply of minerals has gone down and the prices has gone up. I don't even get R12500 a month, the recession is hitting everyone, but I don't go round killing people. Why should a work place or mine be a no go area when protests start? Why stop people who actually want to work from working? Its not their fault people are illegally striking and people don't know how to peacefully protest. Why must thoughs hard working individuals be intimidated by the rest of the idiots?

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 11:38

      When frustrated people (with less information in their minds) go on strike, and you go to work, you must know they do not think like you do and expect whatever they can do. I mention again, ill-informed people follow the lead of some people trying to achieve a point. We are talking about vulnerable people here who are led by some GHOST leader sitting in a mansion elsewhere to achieve his own agenda. Stay away from that place else you get killed. that is all am saying. @Shaylene.stenger I think the mine owners made enough money since years gone-by (during apartheid) till now and they still do for them not to worry about the effect of strike (On the a negative note so to say). People have been underpaid for ages in this country and all the gains went to some pockets elsewhere. You can dispute that if you can. I would say blame yourself as a white man to be earning what you say you are earning, or I should be asking you if you are really genuine. If you really are, I would suggest you go to this same mine in question here to look for a job and see if you will be paid what you are earning now. My bet is you will get these guys (on strike) to teach you their job (sorry you cannot do the shoveling underground) and you still earn three times they are earning. And in less than a month you will be their boss sitting somewhere in an office and telling us they are demanding unrealistic salaries. I mention again, Violence is condemned at all cost and no excuse for it.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 11:43

      These minors are used twice: 1. By the mine owners who are underpaying them and gain more profit. 2. By the UNION leaders who are conniving with the mine owners for control. Unions strike deals with mine owners and hence there will always be a fight for control. But this is information that those guys on the hill (waiting for the sangoma to give them strength) are not aware of. They will kill those who go to work without fear since they are ill-informed, some of if not most of them illiterate. They still believe a white man knows everything under the sun (with no disrespect to them). They have no idea killing someones father and brother is not going to give them what they demand.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-16 13:23

      Its the backward belief of people that will restrict Africa from breaking the cycle of poverty. People need to stop blamming the white man for everything and stop blamming apartheid. Its that constant hate that's been thrusted down peoples throats that blinds people from the truth,reality and keeps giving these unions and goverment the power card to keep the masses illiterate and dumb.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 13:42

      If the same white people would stop underpaying black people and illtreating them at the work place, then black people would realize that the past is gone. I say things here and sound negative with a different mentality. We are talking of illiterate people who do not understand things the way me and you does. These people see a white man joining them fresh from high school and earn three times they do and in less than no time they report to him (without furthering his education either). Once we break that barrier, then all things will get better towards a common goal. As a middle class, I can easily misunderstand the frustration and say they are irresponsible. Yet they are frustrated and vulnerable, being used by those who are well connected. Both mines and Unions are to blame for this.

  • stompie.mcgwapspap - 2012-08-16 09:15

    I will not spend my unpaid leave like this.NO way!

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-08-16 09:25

    That is a Nyala in the picture, not a Casper

  • brytzishiri - 2012-08-16 09:32

    How about heavy police presence protecting the farmers, heavy police presence in gang affected areas............ooh silly me, no investment to protect there, because COSATU and the fat cats have no shares there . Shame on you gvt !!!!!!!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-16 09:36

    Shoot the vermin.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-16 11:43

    Send all back to Lesotho.

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