Inquiry exposing 'unholy' mining deals

2012-10-24 20:36

Johannesburg - The Farlam commission has exposed "unholy" deals in the mining industry, the Pan Africanist Congress said on Wednesday.

"The labour relations in the mining sector has collapsed and is replaced by deals between mining moguls, politicians and the union leaders," secretary general Bennet Joko said in a statement.

"These deals have suppressed the interests of workers over a long period of time. It is tragic that the ruling elite and mining shareholders led to the slaughter of the mineworkers in Marikana."

ANC national executive committee member and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa's name was prominent on Tuesday at the inquiry investigating the deaths of 34 striking miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the miners injured and arrested after the shooting on 16 August, mentioned an e-mail in which Ramaphosa strongly condemned the protests, described them as criminal acts, and suggested "concomitant action".

"This [e-mail] was on 16 August at 14:58, exactly 24 hours before the people were mowed down on that mountain."

Mpofu said there were e-mails sent between Lonmin management, government ministers, and Ramaphosa.

The commission's brief was to investigate the shooting that left 34 miners dead when police tried to disperse them on 16 August.

The workers, who wanted monthly salaries of R12 500, had been carrying knobkerries, pangas, sticks, and iron rods.

Joko said the inquiry confirmed that mineworkers were being exploited, which had resulted in their rejecting trade unions.

The unrest at the Lonmin platinum mine had been blamed on rivalry between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Joko said the families of the miners injured and killed in Marikana needed to be fully compensated.

"The R75m allocated to the commission [must] be matched rand for rand as compensation to the families."

He called for further investigation into deals made in the mining industry involving mine bosses, trade unions, and the government.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-24 20:44

    Shame the PAC still around? And true to form they have pre-empted the Commission's finding.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-24 22:36

      Be carefull here. I've read somewhere about what the PAC hint at and they may just have a point this time. I'm not at all a PAC supporter and also not a government or one of those union supporters. The mineworkers did end up doing a negative thing and the police in my eyes had no choice but to fire. Just maybe the miners might have a reason for their anger. OK, the pay rise they wanted was seriously steep.

      johana.salivan - 2012-10-24 22:45

      @Leonardb1: This farce is created to suck out couple of billions from overtaxed workers in the name of "justice". Terrorists are represented as a "workers" and with great support of the ANC controlled media(99,99% of them) they are portrait as "innocent mine workers". No one mentions that "mine workers" were ARMED organized group with intention to achieve their goals with means of killing and intimidation - in normal world known as "terrorists". But ANC does not care, as long as investors are running away, they are fine with that - Cyril and Mallema will get mines for free and implement tested AURORA system.

      John - 2012-10-24 22:55

      Someone? whispered in Mtethwa's ear, \sort out these sheep\, and behold, 400 murderous thugs did appear, and thus they did MURDER!!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-24 23:17

      The leading article depicts a plethora of fallacies - eg, 1) 'Affirming the consequent', An argument of this kind is invalid, as even if two statements are true, the conclusion can still be false. Simple example: If I have the flu, then I have a sore throat. So if I have a sore throat, then I must have the flu. 2) Cum hoc ergo propter hoc (correlation proves causation) – a faulty assumption that correlation between two variables implies that one causes the other. 3) Post hoc ergo propter hoc (false cause, coincidental correlation, correlation without causation) – X happened then Y happened; therefore X caused Y. etc...

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-24 20:48

    Shame on you Ramaphosa, if this is true.

      johana.salivan - 2012-10-24 22:48

      Please explain. If armed mob goes around and kills people that want to go to work or doing their job, and someone asks from government to act, why he should be ashamed?

      grant.hide - 2012-10-25 06:04

      Not just Ramaphosa, its the top dogs the sheeple voted for. :P

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-25 11:56

      johana, do some research before posting on here, you would look far more intelligent. Ramaphosa stands accused of being a labour broker, the miners who were on strike are contracted to his company, he takes at least 50% of their wages. This is the reason the miners say they are only earning R4500 and the mine bosses say they are earning twice that. Both are correct. Pamphosa also has shares in the mining industry, he was the union leader for years and is still very much an influence within the union. The miner argue that he cannot be representing them on one hand and be their employer on the other. do you undertand tsietsi's comment now?

      thanjekwayo.penelope - 2012-10-25 13:11

      @Johana can you please answer the following question. 1. Where have you seen strikers without weapons and whats new about strikers carrying weapons? 2. Ramaphosa is a former Union leader doesn't it surprised you that people are striking against him for salary increase?

  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-10-24 20:56

    unholly deals between politicians and union leaders and there's no hope for poorest as they voted for these people into power

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-24 21:50

      Just imagine the mines being national, meaning under the comodo dragons called politicians.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-25 03:20

      Fortunately, they can vote again!

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-24 20:58

    If malema is to be investigated for stirring up the unrest ,so should ramaphosa too, the email its inciting can the justice system prove its self to be disinterested ramaphosa should be brought to book along with mthethwa

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-24 21:17

      To book for what exactly? That he asked that something be done about unlawful, violent behaviour? We're supposed to be a civilised society. It cannot be that people pick and choose which laws they'll obey and those they'll ignore. Anyone could have sent that email. Just because it's Cyril doesn't make it automagically uWrong

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-24 21:41

      Okay buddy isn't the email inciting? Why address mthethwa about the matter about what action should be taken huh?!

      John - 2012-10-24 22:41

      Cyril, shareholder director labour broker! One has to be naive not to see his motivation to teach his flock a lesson in submission!!!

      johana.salivan - 2012-10-24 22:51

      He wanted criminals to be stopped. Where is incitement there?

      John - 2012-10-24 23:17

      What CRIME did the miners on the hill commit? NONE!!

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-24 23:39

      Criminals?! Buddy you should look up the meaning of criminal then comment -its not within his mandate to address mthethwa on how to execute his job

  • tobydt - 2012-10-24 21:08

    Finally the workers feel the effects of the ANC being "referees and players".

  • anke.vanniekerk.16 - 2012-10-24 21:46

    Again we find our "leaders" and media displaying their lack of realism! The miners at Marikana were killed because our policemen feared for their lives... as a result of the senseless violence displayed by the same mob of "peaceful" miners in the days directly preceding the shooting! These "victims" were armed with more than just sticks... Everyone should have the right to object to opportunistic management... But hacking a security guard and two cops to death because you want more pay should be treated for what it is.... MURDER!

      johana.salivan - 2012-10-24 22:56

      Media are completely controlled by ANC. Plain and simple, every media house is BEE or BBEE or whatever - pure ANC control. ANC wants this to be worked like this as they want mines to be closed so they can implement tested and profitable AURORA scenario.

  • charles.venter.12 - 2012-10-24 21:56

    Now It Will Come Out It has been nearly 20 years, WELL I hope

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-24 22:06

    in not too many days time all these people will be up swirling around in the dust in their best finery for VIVA ANC "celebrations not party's" as parliamentarian vixens like to point out and all that goes with it as the 4500 people promise them essentially that they too will have their own nkandla type personal megalomaniacal villages AND THEY WILL BELIEVE IT - never for a second thinking that voting for an opposing party could benefit them far easier and better in every way! but WHAT are they going to have for supper every night - rabbit stew?

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-10-24 22:37

    The miners are not being exploited, they are not slaves. If they don't like the working conditions or the salary they are paid they are free to resign anytime they like and find alternate employment elsewhere. That is the free market system..

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-10-24 22:57

    Marikana is REASON why government will never nationalise mines. What if the NW premier was directly involved in day to day running of this mine? He wouldn't even be going to the Mangaung confferrence. Owning a mine is a poisoned chalice. There's a perception out there that mines are wallowing in money. Imagine politicians running a mine with the all important voters as employees. What minimum wage would they pay the voter? Would they say no to any demand especially when Mangaung is around the corner? Privatised mines mean that the political fat cats can remain in the shadows, have their cake, eat it and blame "white monopoly capital" for any problems. When the mines pay corporate tax, guess who's waiting by Pravin's piggy bank? POLITICIANS! In short, this is what is called having your bread buttered on both sides!

  • John - 2012-10-24 23:07

    The thug brigade were sent in by Cyril's mate, Nathi, to teach the sheep to submit like good little slaves!! Thou shalt SUBMIT to thy MASTER is the 11 commandment! Constitution? Rights? What's that??

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-25 05:41

    Gee guys , so early in the morning and you are already on each other's case , morning breath en alles ! ANC is run by a criminal elite , voted into power by naïve ignorant masses who don't know the difference between voting for Anc or any party .

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-25 06:01

    Imdaka yonke i-ANC qha

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-25 07:19

    And does anyone really think that this will get the ANC voted out - not a hope in hell (the ruling elite can con, steal, rob, kill and do just about anything they want) and still get voted in - why? because the population that votes them in are blinded by all the stupid promises (of which nothing comes about) and a t-shirt, cap and KFC oh and don't forget the small food parcel that comes with elections.

  • arthur.debeer.39 - 2012-10-25 07:55

    Why dont you report the truth in your news articles. Violence leads to violence. And the striking workers were not innocent in thier attempts to bring the mining industry to its knees.And thier arsenal of weapons did include guns. Thats the problem in this country the victems(10 murdered victems)rights forgoten but the guilty people(strikers) rights are fought for tooth and nail.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-25 08:10

    I think this country needs Margaret Thatcher. Let's see her sort out the unions and labour unrests like she did back in her day!

  • braamc - 2012-10-25 08:39

    You get what you voted for. Filthy thieving rotten ANC f them

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-25 09:47

    Well done Claudia. The thumbs down are from those who simply don't understand the basics of argument formulation. Kobie - Go to You Tube and watch the Al Jazeera investigative program - it is interesting that the AMCU Union guy tells the media the workers earned R 3000 yet the truth is they earned R 9 500 including a living out allowance for the new houses they later snubbed using in favour for moving back into the condemned hostel buildings as squatters! Some simple looking and listening will tell you a lot. Who - in their right mind - approaches a large group of Police and brandishes spears, knives , knobkierries after Police had demanded they gather without weapons for several days in a large mod and then is surprised when fired upon? I recall Sharpville was a similar set up and the Police panicked then as they did now. Not hard to figure out why. Large mob actions world wide usually start out peaceful but quickly spiral out of control and turn violent - more so in SA due to other socioeconomic factors.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-25 13:17

    Government (ANC) big business corporate culture and the 1% upper class shareholder, in other words the usual suspects.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-10-25 13:23

    Miners are ALREADY getting R12 500, it's just that Cyril Rhamaposa's labour broker rapes the miners of +/- R7000 of their salary in brokerage fees! OMG! There was a website with a very well researched article exposing this information, but it has mysteriously been removed. Funny that...

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