Man killed, six assaulted at Implats

2012-02-24 14:22

Johannesburg - A man was killed and six Impala Platinum workers in Rustenburg were brutally assaulted overnight, a mine spokesperson said on Friday.

"The police discovered the badly-beaten body of a man in the Freedom Park development," Implats executive Johan Theron said in a statement.

"He has not yet been identified, but items lying next to him indicate that he could be a contractor working at one of the shafts."

Six Implats employees were assaulted overnight.

"They are all being treated in the mine hospital, and their families have been contacted and arrangements made for them to travel to the hospital," Theron said.

Violence and intimidation

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane confirmed there had been a recurrence of violence and intimidation, but could not immediately give details as he was in a meeting.

Implats workers downed tools in an illegal strike over a month ago. As a result, about 17 200 workers were dismissed, leading to violent protest, intimidation and at least three deaths.

Theron said Implats condemned the violence in the strongest possible terms.

"It is totally unacceptable that criminal elements are taking advantage of an already volatile situation.

"We are appealing to those on the illegal work stoppage to return to work in order for their grievances and demands to be considered," he said.


The National Union of Mineworkers, Cosatu and Implats will meet on Friday afternoon to try to resolve the situation.

Implats has said dismissed workers can reapply for their jobs, but will lose any accumulated benefits.

Workers, however, want to be reinstated to their jobs without losing benefits.

On Thursday afternoon, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addressed the ex-miners and urged them to return to work.

Theron said that by Thursday, about 8 500 people had been re-employed.

"Hopefully after the call to go back to work... the figures will increase today [Friday]," he said.

Settlement agreement denied

The North West government said on Thursday that a settlement agreement had been reached between the NUM and Implats for the unconditional re-employment of dismissed workers.

Theron denied this.

"After the mass meeting yesterday, there were some conversations among delegates about how the meeting went.... There was no formal meeting.

"Yesterday was just feedback after the mass meeting and to try and say we are still committed to finding a solution," he said.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said there had been some discussions after the meeting indicating Implats might be open to considering reinstatement of jobs.

"Although the company did not commit to that, they indicated that they are quite willing to look at the issues of reinstatement... that was verbal though," Seshoka said.

The illegal strike started when rock-drill operators downed tools over unhappiness that they had not received a retention bonus, while miners had.

Earlier this month, Implats CEO David Brown said the drillers had refused to involve the NUM in addressing their issues, and that a new union, the Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu), was exploiting employee dissatisfaction in this regard.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-24 14:26

    And so the insanity continues, and another worker murdered. This has to end!!

      Anthony - 2012-02-24 14:47

      have a beer and chill or F%%$*@f

      J-Man - 2012-02-24 14:52

      @ Nazo - Just STFU. You are no better than these thugs that assault and murder people on the streets.

      Busi - 2012-02-24 14:59

      @Nazo2010. How can the employer be blamed for people looting bottle stores and beating each other to death? It is the workers right to with hold his labour, not to hold a gun to the communities head trying to force thier employer to give into thier demands. They are behaving like ill disciplined children throwing a tantrum!

      Brett - 2012-02-24 15:00

      @Nazo oh you have so much to learn about life.

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 15:07

      you all working in air-conditioned offices think you are better than other citizens. Where did the problem start and who started this problem, guys remember strike illegal or not means they are issues that need to be resolved and if you act arrogantly then you are fuelling the situation to worsen. people with iPads can afford a better leaving however those miners they cant yet you all do not know what you are talking about!

      customdesign - 2012-02-24 15:12

      nazo- is 2010 the year you were born?

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-02-24 15:56

      Nazo2010- I think we need to agree that nobody is forced to work where he/ she is not happy. Any employee can exercise his or her right and resign if not happy with the employment condition without killing any person. I would have thought that an illegal happening is reported to the police which should have taken over the situation and address it. The action by our fathers and mother is totally out. Those who are not satisfied with the condition of employment must go home and find work some where they will be happy. Those who are happy should also be allowed to go back to work.

  • Brett - 2012-02-24 14:29

    Carry on carry on...all the way to economic freedom. Not.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-24 14:41

    "Workers, however, want to be reinstated to their jobs without losing benefits." You went on an illegal strike, your demands have no merit.. Be lucky the mine is offering you your old jobs back.

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 14:45

      you do not know what you are talking about just keep you fingers away from the keyboard.

      J-Man - 2012-02-24 14:52

      @ NAzo - ditto, moron.

      Brett - 2012-02-24 15:02

      @Nazo and you keep your fingers out of the till.

      Cameron - 2012-02-24 16:19

      @NAZO JOU MA SE P#$S! U do not know wat u talking about!!! In the real world if u do something wrong u suffer the consequences! dont take it out on innocent people who actually are grateful for having jobs and need to work to support their families! please shoot urself....cause the world can do better without people like u in it!!!

  • Rory Marx - 2012-02-24 14:43

    wheres the police and rubber bullets this must end now!someone family member is dead!who is held responsible for this?the police need to do something!these riots arent good!

      Busi - 2012-02-24 14:47

      Rubber bullets can hurt peoples feelings.

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 14:49

      where is the employer!

      Brett - 2012-02-24 15:48

      @Nazo probably at work.

  • Moca - 2012-02-24 14:47

    it has become 2nd nature for deaths to occur whenever there's unrest or strikes...and no one flinches because life is so cheap in this country. such news will make headlines in other countries and governments will not only investigate, but will put measures in place with the unions to avoid a repeat of such actions. no accountabilty, governance and ethics...just greedy, corrupt and barbaric officials.... crazy!!

  • official.muaz.mohamed - 2012-02-24 14:55

    OMG, this is despicable, and YET THEY WANT TO NATIONALIZE THE MINES

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-24 14:57

    This is abuse of power by news24; I know this comment will be removed. My question remains why disable commenting option for this article If the article was not meant for publishing rather than remove the whole article, I bet the black Guy who published that article would have to start looking for job then. After these I support ANC on the media tribunal

      customdesign - 2012-02-24 15:21

      dude you know why- it is a sensitive topic and the article is representational of a very small number of the country. It will turn into a racial blowout if comments were permitted- just leave your persecution complex and toughen up. South Africa is not for sissies.

      Marion - 2012-02-24 15:31

      At the end of that article are News24 Terms and Conditions for using this website. Obviously the comments were deemed to be an infringement of those terms and conditions. We don't comment here because we're entitled to, we comment here because we want to. Simply put, we are guests on this page.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-24 15:42

      @Marion you are wrong because the comments option was always disabled for that specific article, usually they close articles not disable them. In fact I would be happy if they disabled comments for all articles instead of the selected few

  • Samantha - 2012-02-24 15:02

    Makes me sick to the stomach. I wouldn't take them back. A man was murdered. There is no excuse, no matter how bad their situation is. No matter what conditions you live in. You can still lead a good life.

  • Johnathon - 2012-02-24 15:07

    Nazo, you are a despicable, disgusting, nauseating, frenzied racist, and I only wish you could be removed from this beautiful land of ours, and dumped back in the wet, sweltering jungles of Central Africa, from where all the tribes in Africa originated. Pity that out of all the children that survived childbirth, you unfortunately were one of them.

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 15:18

      Thinkertank, YOU remind me of one of your leader [Botha] are you related.

      Thoka - 2012-02-24 15:23

      Nazo not related but retarded.

      customdesign - 2012-02-24 15:24

      not cool dude @thinkertank

      Kevin - 2012-02-24 15:28

      The mines must film the thugs so that they can lock the scum up

      Busi - 2012-02-24 15:39

      Thanks Thinkertank, now I am on Nazo's side. You chop!

      Irene - 2012-02-24 17:56

      Well said Thinkertank. Well said.

  • nkosiab - 2012-02-24 15:16

    I know, its beacuase most of them will now be white listed (black erased)... the loaners are behind them. y dont they go back to work mara???

  • Kevin - 2012-02-24 15:21

    These scum would be caught if more companies fitted cameras

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 15:38

      Kevin, you are failing yourself think!

  • Moca - 2012-02-24 15:24

    @Nazo2010... get off this forum, klip-kop!...u have a peanut brain and by stoking the fire your only objective is to provoke because you are despicable racist. Its guys like you that become the corrupt officials and the thiefs of tomorrow and break down this country. Get a descent life and get your mind out of the gutter.

  • Marion - 2012-02-24 15:29

    @Nazo2010. The employer had every right to fire 17000 people because they had engaged on an illegal strike. Whether it was 3 people in a small company or 17000 in a large company, firing them is not arrogant. It is saying that they will not tolerate this behaviour whereby the workers are holding the company hostage. To say 'no work no pay' is also totally acceptable. Now these illegal strikers are trying to get paid for the time they were striking? Unreal. In South Africa so many things start with 'Down.... Down.... Down....' someone should write a song about it...

      elphaas.mgiba - 2012-02-24 15:38

      marion, you are a home made idiot I do not blame you!

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-24 15:30

    Everytime I see a headline about "Implats", I read "Implants". Every. Single. Time.

  • Warwick - 2012-02-24 15:43

    If you dont like your job resign. Oh no not this ignorant lot, rather smash, destroy and kill your friends in the name of a grievance. Killing each other and destroying property must be a national pastime for these people. I wonder why the workers at Aurora mines ownde by fat boy Zuma and that lawyer Michael Hulley never went on the rampage for not receiving wages.

  • jennalee.myburgh - 2012-02-24 15:49

    Its Pathetic! The bloody idiots know no action or consequences will come from their actions! They should all be tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets and sent home - those that dont co-operate - PUNISH THEM! What is killing a co-worker going to help??? It just shows how little respect they have for themselves and others! When will government interveen and actually take these MURDERERS off of the streets. My condolences to the families.

  • Johnathon - 2012-02-24 15:52

    So many of the previously disadvantaged have zero logic or power of reasoning. Let’s try and clarify this issue. In this country we have approximately 60% of the black population unemployed. The job queses outside the mines extend for kilometres if the new spills that the mine may be hiring. Six months later these very same desperately poor people who were so grateful and overjoyed and finally having found employment are striking, killing, burning, toy toying, and doing everything in their power to completely destroy their employer, who only recently was their only salvation and path away from destitution. The idiot, stupid, semi literate moronic workers are now demanding a salary increase from R4000 per month, clear in the pocket to R9000 per month clear in the pocket. As 30% deductions are the norm in most jobs, they want their salary increased from about R6000 pm to about R1300 per month. They are only asking for a salary increase of 225% per month. Very reasonable. We have work on the mine which has now been halted. We have been informed by mine management that 14 shafts have been closed. It cost the mine R100 mil a day in stoppages. 5 weeks relates to a loss of R 4 billion rand. Viva the unskilled worker,Julius Malema,Nozo,Nkosi,Thoka. The African nation appears to have all been blessed with genes of destruction, bringing everything they touch down to the lowest common denominator, and complete annihilation of all any business they become part off.

  • John - 2012-02-27 09:33

    Impala Platinum is ill adviced to look at the strike purely from a legal angle. obviously the workers have burning grievances and these should be dealt with. one can surmise that labour relations at the company are not up to standard, and workers when they strike to so as a last resort. Impala also has a notoriously bad labour relations history and should learn from its history and begin to design a system that fully incorporates workers needs. John Capel Bench Marks Foundation

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