Lonmin mother dies after shooting

2012-08-20 17:54

Johannesburg - The mother of a Lonmin miner killed in a clash with police died shortly after hearing of her son's death, the family said on Monday.

Phumzile Sokanyile was one of 34 workers killed when police opened fire on protesters at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West, on Thursday.

He was related to Ngqeleni Municipality Mayor Thokozile Sokanyile, who spoke on behalf of the family.

"We received the news of his death on Friday, and at 19:00 his mother asked if she could see the news. She said she wanted to see how her son had died," the mayor said.

"She died at her home several hours later."

The family was planning a joint funeral for mother and son, in the Mdumazulu village in Nqeleni, in the Eastern Cape, next weekend.

"The family is still trying to come to terms with this tragedy. Phumzile took care of his wife and five kids. Now their breadwinner is gone," Sokanyile said.

The family would wait until the burials were over before deciding whether to take action against Lonmin.

"We are still crying and mourning," Sokanyile said.

The company had said it would help with the burials of those killed. It also undertook to fund the education of the children whose fathers were killed.

Cyril Ramaphosa's investment holding company, Shanduka, pledged R2m towards the funerals.

The protests were 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 pay.

  • eblockwatch - 2012-08-20 18:16

    You guys are disgusting. I hope you are not from South Africa. You sound so damaged what went wrong in your lives. You are very sick. I am a white Afrikaner and people like you carry a seed of hatred. Get a life.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 18:27

      Why are they sick Eblock? Cause they are talking about truths.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-20 18:45

      eblock - 'get a life' in this country? ONLY when the ANC go down.

  • wendetutubalang.wende - 2012-08-20 18:16

    Absolutely sad news

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-08-20 18:22

    very sad news RIP mama

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 19:02

      Yes very sad. The innocent ones who are left behind on both sides are the ones who suffer the most

  • zanelenomntu.magxala.9 - 2012-08-20 18:23

    Sad news to hear thou! Even those two police men were killed'bear in mind'were also bread winners nd leaving behind their wives,kids,siblings etc

  • Simon Jacobs - 2012-08-20 18:24

    why do we have to go on strike for increment yearly while some dont !

      brendaninsa - 2012-08-20 18:42

      Read this Simon, Dose this answer your question??

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-20 18:25

    i am just wondering if few whites were also killed on the same scene

      kim.buren - 2012-08-20 18:42

      Well it was not so suck it up

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 18:43

      Zak. I am glad to say no not one

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 18:45

      You would have found the white people either unemployed or at work doing their duty

      bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-08-20 18:53

      Zak My honest answer is 'only in Afganistian'

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 18:59

      Mkrune I know that a small majority of black folk are not like that. BUT your fellow brethren do behave like that

      kim.buren - 2012-08-20 19:02

      @Mkrune, You got a stutter?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-20 18:48

    zak - must tell you something. The whites do not riot. They discuss like human beings.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 19:31

      @White with black stripes...aka Zebra, aka Gareth, Yeah you have it 100% right. Real men like you do the work, like killing, burning, trashing....? And when the Whities sic. do speak up, then people like you are the first to hide behind the race card. If you are so right, why do people of colour in this country need laws to transform every bloody thing? Why do people then believe that the "economic power" is in the hands of white people? (Ala Malema et al). Or should we rather believe that you are of a tribe who do not believe in the Constitution (you know that freedom of speech bit? Ever heard of it?) A tribe who only believe in subjugation and dominance of the majority over the minority? Lets not start on the evidence of latent, (and perhaps patent), racism leaking from you post.....

      carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-20 19:34

      Hi zeebrah or should i say the guy on his high horse - please catch a wake up you moron

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-08-20 19:50

      @Zeebbrah, it doesn't take a genius, or a white for that matter, to realise that chimping out like a bunch of feral gibbons doesn't help your cause and doesn't get you any sympathy for your plight. And before you get a little too carried away let me just remind you about the 19 year old conscripts who kicked your arses six ways from Sunday along with your commie chums. You keep talking smack with that bone through your nose behind whitey's pc, let the real human beings behave like human beings.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:20


  • Pride Mkansi - 2012-08-20 19:06

    you cant resist being a racist even in sad situation.(two nations in one country)

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-20 19:10

      pride - that was actually a reply. not a racist comment, just the plain truth.

      carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-20 19:37

      I guess you also see a racist every time you open your eyes in the morning or when you wake up from your skelm sleep on the job(problem is that's when you look in the mirror that you see the biggest of them all)

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-20 19:12

    It's tragic for a parent to outlive their child, but this story is really milking it.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-20 19:13

    Oh shame man, poor old lady... My prayers are with the family in this tough time. To lose a mother and a child in one house in a week is a pain I can't even imagine. Sad indeed... Spare a thought for the family and all the other families affected by the Marikana tragedy...

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-20 19:24

    Zeebbrah - I will stay behind my PC if you will stay in your tree.

      Ansie Van Der Gryp - 2012-08-20 19:36

      well said Dawn

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:17

      Zeebbrah seems to have disappeared. Still I'd like to add this. The ANC wrote hundreds and thousands of policies and procedures and rules and regulations so that situations like this were never supposed to happen. So come back Zeebbrah and tell us all where it went wrong, why picking up a stick, a knife, a rock is so much more preferable than working things out.

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-20 19:32

    Beki - the truth hurts - just go to the rural part of SA and see for yourself...

      beki.khumalo - 2012-08-20 19:44

      No Carl, it's not a race issue! Your statement tells me that you have not travelled much in life. Expand your world my friend and your pespective of those around will change. Go to any impoverished community be it in South America, Cape Flats or Krugersdorp you'll see that there's a lot of toddlers per household. It's a socio-economic issue, there's a range of issues responsible for that! Do not let your racial hatred cloud your ability to reason. It makes you sound stupid!

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-20 19:32

    Oh, I thought the names of the dead and injured were only released on Saturday. Condolences to the family.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-20 19:39

    It's so sad to read some of the comments on this platform, racial insults, stereotyipng etc! It's painful, it hurts and creates emotions of hate even in some of that have never had any feelings racism torwards any race! Before you write something, friends, please remember the power of words! And remember GOD IS WATCHING YOU!

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-20 19:57

      Beki - PLEASE dont bring god into this. Dont forget, this was all in his wonderful plan.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-08-20 20:38

      @Dawn, must you always comment even when it's not necessary? What good does that comment do? I'm not even interested to know what you mean... Not interested at all! Once again, to you directly this time: GOD IS WATCHING YOU! Some of you may hide behind your computer screens thinking you're not accountable, but trust me you are!

  • Amanda - 2012-08-20 19:40

    @ Zeebrah your comment is hurtful and insulting to say the least. Some of us whities as you so call us have lived in this country for decades. Some of our families fought the British and died as a result or landed in British concentration camps. My grandfather was one. Dont call all of us pissies. We are just as passionate about our land as you are. And by the way we do not have Foreign Passports - only South African. Stop playing the race card. It became irrevelant in 1994.

  • Jennifer - 2012-08-20 19:41

    The ugly words coming out of some people ~ Warm and safe in your first world homes stirring up hatred You are making things worse . People are really hurting here. Shame on you.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-20 21:28

    This makes the the number of dead people from Lonmin strike goes up to 45

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