MEC shocked by female miner's murder

2012-02-08 12:30

Mahikeng - North West human settlements MEC Desbo Mohono has called on the police to spare no effort in finding those responsible for the death of a female mineworker at the Khomanani mine in Rustenburg.

Mohono also appealed to employees to help the police's investigation.

"According to Anglo American Platinum preliminary investigations... the female employee was violently assaulted and died from the injuries," the department said on Wednesday.

Mohono said it was shocking that an employee could die such a "violent death" in a workplace.

"Whilst we are encouraged by the co-operation and determination of Anglo American Platinum to get to the bottom of the matter... we call on the company and other mining houses to review their safety plans to ensure that incidents of underground crime, more especially those involving women do not reoccur at any of our mines."

The woman was found in a pool of blood underground on Monday. A blood-stained stone and a lunch box were found next to her body. Police would conduct DNA analysis to determine whether she was raped.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-08 12:36

    shouldn't all murders shock the mec farm murders, hi jackings ect.

      Lephutsi - 2012-02-08 19:17

      Procold2 have made this stupid comment because the victim is Black? Crime is crime and does not discriminate. Grow up!

  • NrGx - 2012-02-08 13:07

    why is this murder of more importance than others? I think they pick and choose which murders to "condemn" beacause of which community they fall under. Cant upset the mining community, a very large part of their voter base!!!

  • Paula - 2012-02-08 13:09

    Rest In Peace....

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-08 13:20

    Shocked at this murder? Why? It is an everyday occurance in this "New South Africa". There are more people killed as a result of murder than motor vehicle accidents. Our justice system is stuffed because of nepotism and cadre employment and you are shocked? You are part of the problem!!! Fix the justice system and bring back the death penalty!!

  • Andre - 2012-02-08 13:31

    Firstly, this is another is another murder which deserves the death penalty. Secondly, why do women want to do jobs which are basically male occupations. Before you hang me, I'm not talking about "soft" jobs previously reserved for men. I'm talking about jobs such as miners where brawn is required and where things can go horribly wrong, as in mines. I was present at airfield during the past weekend where one of the ground crew was a woman. At the pilot's hand signals she rushed forward to remove the wheel chocks to enable the aircraft to taxi. but alas, she did not have the muscle power to do it. A man had to run and do the job. Not all occupations are fit for women and this applies vice versa too.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-08 13:38

    Just coz it managed to get into the papers, the MEC pounces on the opportunity to get some publicity to try justify its existence!

  • john.ncala - 2012-02-08 13:46

    bring back the death penalty pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!!!!!!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-08 14:59

    What does NUMSA or COSATU say about this?

  • Chris - 2012-02-08 15:17

    She knew the hazards of the job before she aplied for it. A lot of people get murdered in SA on a daily basis, life`s a bitch.

      nicole.v.ange - 2012-02-09 14:59

      So... One of the hazards of the job is being violently assaulted? o.O No. I think the reason this is a big deal is because it happened while she was working and because she was possibly raped and assaulted by colleagues. All murders should be getting attention yes, but it's always a good thing for any murder to get attention even if others aren't. Or have we grown so obliviant to it that we don't care?

  • Mbulelo - 2012-02-16 14:57

    Sounds very biased...especially when one considers all the other murders they haven't found as "shocking".

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