Man burnt to death at Amplats strike

2012-10-11 14:35

Johannesburg - A man was burnt to death and another shot and wounded at Nkaneng informal settlement in Photsaneng near Rustenburg on Thursday, police said.

"About 400 mineworkers gathered at the informal settlement around 06:00, and a man was shot and wounded. He was airlifted to hospital," said Captain Dennis Adriao.

Another man was burnt to death at the informal settlement and a minibus taxi was torched.

"Forty people have been arrested for public violence," he said.

Another group of striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) workers gathered at the Bathopele Mine.

"The police and mine security dispersed that group," Adriao said.

Suspended operations

North West Taxi Council spokesperson Bernard Afrika said taxi operations to Photsaneng, Bleskop, and surrounding areas had been suspended for safety reasons.

"We have suspended operations until the police restore order and it is safe to operate. The primary task of a taxi is to transport people," he said.

Afrika said two minibus taxis were transporting people to work and other places when they were burnt.

"Not all the people in the taxis were going to the mines, some were children going to school and others were women going to clinics and other places. We cannot confirm whether they were going to the mine."

Passengers and drivers ran away when the taxis were stopped and later set alight.

"Striking mineworkers do not want people to go to work. They burnt taxis suspecting of transporting people to work. This is the second incident, during the Marikana strike, [that]... taxis were also set alight," he said.

'Out of hand'

Spokesperson for the sacked workers Gaddafhi Mdoda, condemned the violence.

"We do not know who is behind this. The violence is getting out of hand."

He said criminal elements within communities near to the mines might have used the strike as a springboard to commit crime.

"We cannot afford to have more enemies, we already have enemies - the government, mine management, and the National Union of Mineworkers - we cannot afford to have our brothers and sisters as enemies," he said.

Workers went to Bathopele Mine to stop it from operating.

"We want to shut this mine down, it is the only mine operating," he said.

R16 000, allowances

Bathopele was the only mine operating normally following the illegal strike on 12 September. Other components of Amplats operating normally were the concentrators, smelters, and refineries.

Workers at Amplats went on an illegal strike on September 12, demanding a monthly salary of R16 000 and allowances.

The company fired 12 000 workers after they failed to appear in disciplinary hearings.

Despite the dismissal, workers have vowed not to appeal and still regard themselves as Amplats workers.

On Wednesday, they marched to the NUM offices in Rustenburg to de-register their membership with the union.

  • joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-10-11 14:41

    Shoot to kill stop arresting, these idiot just come back for more and more and never learn.... well will never so remove them, so the violence will also be removed.

      Jpeters81 - 2012-10-11 17:52

      Agree.... The strikes are just getting more violent.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 14:44

    The police must swop rubber for lead. This in turn would create more demand for lead and push the price up. The lead mines would then make a larger profit which they could use to increase the wages of their workers thereby avoiding similar wild cat strikes.

      nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-11 15:20

      I agree, they should go Marikana style on their a$$

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-11 14:49

    'Getting out of hand' - umm - that has to be the biggest understatement of 2012. What the hell happened to accountability? Do we just sit by and watch the news of people being attacked by strikers (this burning today and the poor 62 year old in the Cape who was also a victim). When will this damn government get the balls to say 'enough is enough' - and not only broadcast but follow up that any malicious damage to property or harm to people will result in them being jailed. Disgusting!

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-10-11 14:49

    Anencephaly - Congenital absence of the brain - shame!!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-11 14:53

    Strike if you want to but why kill others in the process?

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-11 15:37

      There is more to just strikes but politicians' tactics to regain lost ground. Come Mangaung, all will be quiet (at the expence of innocent lives)

  • Teuneman - 2012-10-11 14:53

    I'm sorry but these oaks have serious thick skulls. I think their skulls are so thick that a small mielie pit will fit snugly in their heads.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-11 14:53

    Hey, they burning minibus taxis, let them be!

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-11 14:58

    Now the same people who felt sorry for them must die in their hands, beki cele was right shoot this b@stards to die, things can't go on like this the government must put some harsh action on this people to restore order.

      flyswat - 2012-10-11 16:44

      Honey, the government is not really wanting to do anything about it. They have a plan and it's not going to benefit anyone but the guys at the top. They need to keep the masses stupid, that's why no school books. THey need the mayhem in the country. It's the best way to keep their own pockets well lined.

      dean.cent.9 - 2012-10-11 16:52

      These people are not people. they are way below animals. Animals would never do this type of thinga nd yet somehow we think we are above animals. Perhaps some of us are but we have a lowliest people ever and they obviosuly struggle to be rapists and serial murderers. I hope that they never enjoyed seeing someone burnt or the smell of human flesh but with the past of this country....i guess many are so hungry to have all that again. I would never wish to say this....but perhaps they really should be shot to remove these elements from the beautiful planet. They obviosuly never evolved.......what was that missing link in the Darwinian theory?! Perhaps South Africa breeds them.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-11 15:00

    LOL!! They are realy trying to stop SA. But at the end the Minority will win again. Stupid Things!

  • Erna - 2012-10-11 15:01

    They have the right to strike! Isn't that what our government says?

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-11 16:00

      Of course they have the right to strike, and most of us accept that. But they DO NOT have a right to kill and destroy.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 16:53

      You are have the right to strike after you have obtained the necessary permission. You may not intimidate non strikes, cause harm to people or proprty.

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-10-11 15:01

    Whatever they are doing at the moment is not working!! Can they not see that?!!! Then do something else!! Even if it means shooting some of them again!! Why must we worry about their lifes if they dont give a *&^*( about other peoples lifes??!!!!??!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-11 15:03

    "Despite the dismissal, workers have vowed not to appeal and still regard themselves as Amplats workers. That's very rich from people not getting paid. Your paypackets will judge whether you are workers or not. Not ??

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-11 15:06

    The barbarians kill and maim and slaughter and loot and burn -- and the violence is even against their colleagues.

  • nestor.sakelliou - 2012-10-11 15:08

    If strikers do this they don't deserve any increase at all ,fire the lot that strike and give other poor hard working men jobs

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-10-11 15:09

    They refuse to them. if they destroy other peoples property/ at them(note - they NEVER destroy their own things !), if they kill -fire on them too - just don't miss !

  • Andrea - 2012-10-11 15:10

    To the ANC : you have recreated this monster, now deal with it! Talk is dirt cheap when lives are lost daily! Say what you want about Apartheid, but 30 years ago this uprising would not have seen day 2.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-11 15:14

    Do whatever is necessary to urgently propose and have approved a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence for the possession of illegal firearms. Nationwide sweeps must net and get these weapons and the criminals off the streets. These criminals including strikers feel empowered by having weapons to try and enforce their will. The longer this crap goes on the nearer we're getting to the dictionary definition for 'terrorism'.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-11 15:20

    'Man burnt to death', '40 people arrested for public violence'. Why those brainless parasites were not arrested for murder?

      gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-11 15:34

      I am battling with that as well. The story about the 62 year old man also mentioned absolutely nothing about whether any arrests were made. Surely the cops were there? unbelievable!

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-11 15:36

      Because you cant expect brainless parasites to arrest brainless parasites..You cant contradict the species. Condolences to the family members

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-11 15:21

    ALWAYS just an excuse to act like animals....always.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-11 15:32

    Remember, 10 people were killed before the cops stepped in. This lot are a murderous bunch of savages..

  • benson.botlhole - 2012-10-11 15:34

    I thought the strike was over didn't d miners get what they asked for? Some criminal elements are taking advantage of the situation. The law must be tough on these thugs parading as miners.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-11 15:39

      Old fashioned tactics by politicians.

      gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-11 15:48

      Benson, Marikana is over. But the ripple effect moved onto other mines. Basically the AMPLATS miners who went on strike had already agreed to their increase some time back and signed a deal of no strikes with agreed upon wages for 2 years. The Miners now maintain that the Unions agreed to this deal and they didnt, so they want more money. (basically all jealous of the Marikana Miners) And on it goes as different mines now start to bubble up as well.

  • Ezio Auditore - 2012-10-11 15:38

    So much violence eish

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-11 15:38

    Please note the ages of the Miners that have been striking as well as the Truck Drivers etc. They are part of the post election 'shake and stir instant gratification generation'. I do not see any person over 40/50 striking as they know what it means to work hard to put food on the table for your family. Not this other lot who want to sit on their asses and put out their hand and demand more! Idiots will drive this country into the ground.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-11 15:48

      You mean they know damn well how to be slaves and work for 2cents, as long as theres food on their tables. These hard workers have got children to feed and send to schools, houses to build, and their lives to improve. Phambili nge-Better Wage Phambili!

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-11 16:10

      Stormyweather-Just imagine someone physically 100% ok, waiting for free RDP house for 10years instead of bursting his arse.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-11 15:40

    Don't kill or destroy property for your grievances , but burn every taxi you see,everywhere,with driver in preferably,taxis are faeces ,hardly counts as property

  • sello.kobe - 2012-10-11 15:44

    With all this endless violent protests it just goes to show that S.A is a country without a president.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-11 15:55

    No doubt they will blame the cops. And still a deafening silence from Zuma and his invisible government.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-10-11 15:55

    Skiet die Bl@#$%^&*(ms voor die voet dis al wat werk want hulle is barbare

  • Cameron - 2012-10-11 15:57

    Savage beasts!

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-10-11 15:57

    Gee my die kontrak en ek sal dit doen ag ek sal dit verniet doen gee my net vrywaaring en dis gedoen.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-11 15:57

    Eeeish! Now this time around who will win this trophy notoriously called ARE TO BLAME, Apartheid gorvenment or foreigners?

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-11 15:59

    The person who has been burnt to death - is he part of the mine owners? If not then our striking must heve a proper plan and objective. It is either we want change in weather or we want to kill each other even if the killed is not part of the war. This is unfortunate for me it still don't click.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-10-11 16:42

      Change in weather would be good - another Ice Age to irradicate all the wild animals? I think you dont click at all!

  • hjkavdkah - 2012-10-11 16:03

    You heard the President - Stop the violence my comrades and go back to work _ BHABHABHABAHBAHABAHABAHABAh

  • paganosza - 2012-10-11 16:04

    Fortunately, with a pass rate of 35 % as the standard in this country, I am not worried about university allowance for my children. Add 30% more to that to go to the front... 65%, awesome! Inborn morals, values and determination will make that a breeze, and besides, at the rate our education standards drop, pretty soon my children will only need to achieve 45%. Viva!

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-11 16:06

    M tired of these thug miners, why burn sumone for working? Our government is failing bigtime, m gona vote for different party next election, makr my words

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-11 16:22

      Good on you khathu, this ANC are failing at every level except self enrichment, they are bad news for ALL the citizens of this country, I'm glad to see there are many like yourself that have seen what is happening and are keen to boot this crowd out of government.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-11 16:06

    M tired of these thug miners, why burn sumone for working? Our government is failing bigtime, m gona vote for different party next election, makr my words

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-10-11 16:35

    "We want to shut this mine down" Man i wish the owners would just say sure, your all unemployed, no f*ck off and starve you pigs.

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:22

      But steve u are going to suffer first cos u are lazy.u depents on maids to cook food for u and your family.we got hands

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:22

      But steve u are going to suffer first cos u are lazy.u depents on maids to cook food for u and your family.we got hands

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:22

      But steve u are going to suffer first cos u are lazy.u depents on maids to cook food for u and your family.we got hands

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:22

      But steve u are going to suffer first cos u are lazy.u depents on maids to cook food for u and your family.we got hands

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-11 18:40

      Phuti, wrong again, pal. Most whites can't afford full-time maids these days anyway. We have hands too, you know, and are not afraid of work. If the mines close, those persons who do have maids will have "let them go" too. Catch a reality call: these strikes and the associated violence are doing no one any good - black, white, rich, poor, employed, unemployed.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 16:53

    To all those who cry about white privilege,you are right I feel privileged to be white and always have, especially living here in Africa.Upon going overseas recently I was dumbstruck at how exuberant I felt to be amongst only whites and on returning to South Africa was struck with how it really felt being back in Africa.So to all you "African is better" guys out there I can only say I am glad I am white I say this unashamedly and thank my lucky days I was born white and to you African guys I say bad luck being black if you cant handle it I will understand if you have serious thoughts of taking your own lives cause you haven't given yourselves any reason to want to be proud and live like the rest of us whites.So sorry for your pity party, but some things in life just are not fair!

  • lephutsi.setsompa - 2012-10-11 16:55

    Lets do an experiment. Ask Amplats to replace the dismissed miners with only White staff, pay them same salaries as dismissed miners and ask them to live under the same squalid conditions. What do you think would be the outcome of our experiment? International condemnation? Third world war?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 17:00

      More productivity and they will improve their own living conditions with what they problem!

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:29

      But dunkies u depends on your maids.your women cannot even wash their own undies.what about cleaning cooking.u tell me u will do the mining!!comon!!!your white hands are soft for that.

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-11 17:29

      But dunkies u depends on your maids.your women cannot even wash their own undies.what about cleaning cooking.u tell me u will do the mining!!comon!!!your white hands are soft for that.

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-11 18:46

      No Lephutsi, I am sure that many whites would jump at a job on the mines - I see some of them standing with placards at traffic lights every day. As for the squalor: most mines offer housing or a housing allowance, but the employees seem to prefer the cash and then their extended family descends on them, with inevitable results. Poor old Phuti, he seems to think that whites would starve it there wasn't a black maid doing the cooking! Truly, it isn't so, pal.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 18:47

      @glors.phuti of course we will do the mining and wash our own clothes and my wife will wash her own panties..guess what she does it already we don't have a savage working for us we do everything ourselves we wish we could have the opportunity to run this whole country ourselves we only employed you and your kind to help you make a living,I can speak for all whites I am sure we would relish a South Africa all to ourselves in an instant!Please God give it to us!!

      phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-11 20:18

      Please do we do not living in the bush we will clean our living area and will not live like pigs will not strike because we have passion to work for our wages. If you can shown me one white worker that stike I will kiss your ash !!!bb\r\n\r\nBy the why the land they live on is not urban areas they like to live in the bush!!!! Ashole

  • makuka.mabetwa - 2012-10-11 19:22

    'Shut down the mines',what are gonna eat,U morons,..R16000.,yet u have no formal education..

  • jvjaarsveld - 2012-10-11 19:26

    It is so upsetting to hear that an employee has been burned to death by "people" who has been working for the same company that he worked for, who lives in the same community as him and goes to the same shops or soccer games as him. In my upbringing I was taught to respect my elders, now these hooligans think they have the right to burn this older, wiser person alive and why??? Because he wanted to do his job so that he can provide for his family. The sad fact about our society is that this poor man's death will go unpunished, because who will you lock up for his murder out of all these strikers??? This strike is illegal but still they are allowed to do as they please, kill people, burn taxi's and cars. After this innocent man's death, I have unfortunately changed my view that the police should leave the rubber bullets and use live ammunition. This is no longer a case of salaries and working conditions, the is now criminal acts, which includes murder, arson and destruction of property. If any individual commit any of these crime they would be jailed, why are these guys still going back to their living quarters to enjoy a nice meal, a hot shower and dry bed tonight. But nothing will happen to them, it will only be the innocent people who will suffer like this poor man. RIP.

      kmekgwe1 - 2012-10-11 20:24

      ...thanks for the comment.out of all the comments ive read concerning what happened today in nkaneng,you are the only one who wrote a sensible comment.

      kmekgwe1 - 2012-10-11 20:25

      ...thanks for the comment.out of all the comments ive read concerning what happened today in nkaneng,you are the only one who wrote a sensible comment.

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