Marikana branch leader assassinated - Num

2012-10-06 08:03

Rustenburg - A National Union of Mineworkers (Num) branch leader was shot dead at his home in Marikana on Friday night, the union said.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka called the attack an "assassination". It could not immediately be confirmed with the police.

"This comes after the death of the Num branch chairperson last weekend and the attack on another branch leader, who escaped whilst his wife was killed," said Seshoka.

He said the man killed was the Num branch secretary at Western Platinum.

Deadly violence

Five Num members - two of them shop-stewards - were killed in violence associated with a strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana between August 10 and August 16, said Seshoka.

Of the 34 people shot dead by police trying to disperse a group of protesters on August 16, 14 were Num members, he said.

On September 11, a third Num shop steward was found dead near the scene of this shooting. Dumisani Mthinti had been hacked to death.

Striking workers at Marikana - and other mines - have voiced unhappiness with their Num representatives.

During an inspection in loco by the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana shooting, a worker claimed Num members confronted and shot workers - killing two of them - who were marching to the union’s office on August 11.

Three University of Pretoria sociology department studies on the level of satisfaction among union members, reportedly found that Num was dysfunctional in the Rustenburg area.

However, Num general secretary Frans Baleni denied that the union was under-servicing its members. There have been calls for his resignation.

The strike at Marikana was initially thought to be linked to a struggle for recognition between Num and the newly-established Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).


When the violence broke out, each accused the other of inciting the violence.

Amcu claimed Num resorted to violence to throw people into disarray whenever it lost members.

It said there was no union rivalry, but that Num had "internal issues" which had nothing to do with Amcu.

Num claimed a hit list had been compiled containing the names of its members at Lonmin.

Workers sang anti-Num songs at Marikana, and those at other mines, burnt their Num T-shirts.

In the end, the workers at Marikana negotiated their own increase with the company - a 22% pay rise and a once-off bonus of R2 000 each to return to work - a settlement which was considered to have set a bad precedent because it was reached outside the bargaining process.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-06 08:05

    Bottom of the story, don't strike!

      stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-10-06 08:33

      No let's work for Peanuts. Let the rich get richer and ef everbody else.

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-06 08:34

      Its not an Assasination its just normal SA crime like farm murders so dont worry !! it happens to everybody

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-06 08:41

      Exactly! Just see what they have caused!!!

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-06 08:44

      @Bennie...exactly what are they going on about. This is just another robbery gone wrong. Eish these people and their stories.

      stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-10-06 08:50

      Unions were formed too protect workers rights. Unions are a international recognised. There must be some way workers can stand up for their rights. Not to say we must resort to barbarism. But this is the African way.

      bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-06 08:57

      oh for f#$k sakes here we go, some twat has to go and mention farm murders, what has that got to do with anything?

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-06 08:59

      SA is now a Lawless, Mafia State!!

      John - 2012-10-06 09:08

      Sounds like another normal day of standard negotiating procedure in SA..

      mlucejko - 2012-10-06 09:58

      It's the 'South African' way of solving problems !! Don't talk or discuss, don't negotiate peacefully, just kill your opponent !!

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-06 10:05

      I agree with Alicia, and think who is also to blame Longmin as they set the example

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-06 10:20

      Let them kill each other, just more oxygen for the rest of us. Idiots, the lot of them. Greedy idiots preying on the poor.

      marius.prinsloo.71 - 2012-10-06 12:25

      This guy was gonna talk an spill the beans to the commission of inquiry about the third force!!

      Vince.York - 2012-10-06 13:16

      These Unions have become the death of SA as well as their supporters. All of the unions have become useless and are weighing everything and everybody down and are essentially non-functional EXCEPT as enforcing votes in a "coerced" manner. WAKE UP PEOPLE - they are doing nothing for you except at political levels where at the time YOU HAVE NO SAY WHAT THE UNION LEADERSHIP DO.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-06 14:51

      This is the work of the cockroach fat boy

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-06 08:14

    Will they blame Apartheid for this one too ?

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-06 09:46

      It was Jan Van Riebeeks fault all along !!

  • rainqueen.manamela - 2012-10-06 08:19

    Does th person hv a name?????

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-10-06 08:22

    Something is seriously wrong in this country...

      tj.maseko3 - 2012-10-06 08:36

      That's true something must be done look one guy neally lost his life by wearing ablack t\\shirt under his shirt,wich its was look like. NUM t\\shirt. governmet do samenthing to prevent this

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-06 10:17

      The 'something' is called ANC Government! And whilst they remain in power, we will go deeper down the abyss.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-06 08:24

    When mine workers kill, then its an assassination...when saps shot miners in self defense then its a big issue,

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-06 08:25

    Give them all enough rope...they will end up hanging themselves.

  • Chris Februarie - 2012-10-06 08:27

    The Unions were created to control the masses in the apartheid years! why do we stil need then today they make millions of the people and do nothing for them!

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-10-06 09:03

      Chris, Unions is not a fabrication of the apartheid system They are centuries old. In the apartheid era they were loathed and suppressed. What I agree is that they take a lot and do not enough for their members. The crux of this problem is that an agreement was made outside the formal bargaining process and now everyone want to follow suit, making everything ungovernable. Thus the looting and killings.

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-06 10:10

      And Lonmin is to blame for setting the example

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-07 03:54

      sandor.l.varga asked "Will they blame Apartheid for this one too?" Didn't take you long to do it!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-06 08:36

    NUM and Cosatu appear to be deeply loathed these days. The workers see them as collaborators and appeasers.

      idille.borchers - 2012-10-06 09:24

      Maybe the workers are beginning to realise how they are being exploited by the unions.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-10-06 08:37

    This is the "Better Life for ALL" promised by the ANC. The country is led by a man that will for ever be known for his inability to deliver that which we all hoped and prayed for. Will the President be safe in his R203 million fortress and is the killings the reason he has to have it?

  • appietrader - 2012-10-06 08:37

    The monster the unions (Num) created to get to the mine management, coming back biting them in the ass. The lesson if they brains enough to understand: Watch out what you wish for. Nice to you get back your own medicine, enjoy!!

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-06 08:40

    Whatever the reason,nobody deserves to die at the hand of a fellow man. This country needs to rise its vibration. i know this doesn't resonate to well with the readers of this news which is sad as well..

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-06 08:54

    Once again JZ and his government are paralysed. My guess is, they will react in about 3 weeks time. JZ is scared, very scared, having continuously to look over his shoulder.

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-06 08:55

    If ANC top members were never Mines stake holders either illegally, miners would have been earning comfortable salary since back then. So mines took advantage of that until the course of strikes. ANC is indirectly responsible out of this. I suggest DA to come forward and vow under the oath. This Law was made by white people so let them control it while other nations practices that's what Malema use to say.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-06 09:12

    With the ANC government more investment is going towards the township, new malls new infrastructure sanitaion electricity access to higher education in terms of more funds for africans this funds were only going to towards whites and we don't have to go 20km to do our shopping in white areas. Things r getting better we will fight corruption and better education as those r not coming right.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-10-06 09:14

    You can't blame everything on the whites. Maybe the ANC should start taking blame and maybe then there will be some order.what exactly has the general white population have to do with Marikana? Please enlighten me.where exactly did the benefits of a country run by whites more than eighteen years ago profited me? And how are we to blame if the majority of work available in the last 18 years have been BEE red taped ? You must grow up, you've had eighteen years to prove yourself. Teenage pregnancies, violence in informal settlements and armed robberies , hi jacks and murders are probably all the white people ls fault in your eyes. Stop blaming others and start taking responsibility of your own actions. Black or white. Damn racist remarks.Youre worse on racism then "whites"

      nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-06 10:08

      U r so naïve u don't want to concede that apartheid benefited u but u force the issue that BEE has benefited africans those r two sides of the same coin the, 18 its not enough to develop a country to its full potential since apartheid govn been in party for 48 years but has done absolute nothing for africans, thanks for admitting that whites r more racist than us anyway we learned that from them.sounds like u just came out of matric grow up some more and learn ur history then well talk.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-10-06 11:02

      nketso.kgwadi, You must remember the apartheid government left a 100% developed and good service delivery country to you and the CancER crooks.. In the past 18 years you burned schools, denied the post apartheid children proper education, supported the CancER party to steal more taxpayers money, embraced corruption, etc.. Maybe you need to say "we need another 18 years to further screw up and destoy South Africa"

      bongeka.magwaza - 2012-10-06 11:55

      You know what people, please stop seeing and judging everything based on the skin coulor of the people.Yes apartheid was bad (ask me I was there, and yes we can't keep blaming it for every wrong that we (as black people ) do. "Sulette Behnke" yes I understand your anger and frustrations but have a polite way to vent it sisi.Because you're reminding some of us about the life we once lived, which wasn't so pleasant and no human kind deserves to live that kind of life. White government ruled this country with an iron fist and black people had to endure all that hardship because their voices were never heard. White people were the minority and still are, but most of the budget was alocketed to the minority white people. So yes every white South African bennefited from apartheid, either directly or through inheritance. We can talk till the morning about this if we had time.But time waits for no man and we have to move on.The past 18 years after apartheid haven't been that good like how we expected it.The thieving of the current government hasn't done us good either. The only amicable solution that we have to try now is unity.If we can unite and forget about the coulor line then we can achieve something for all South Africans and not for a chosen or connected few.

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-10-06 09:19

    The mine should have been closed down and the workers fired. The ANC needs to sever its ties to Cosatu. As for the NUM leaders, they are getting what they deserve.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-06 09:34

    condolences to the family of the deceased and may his soul rest in peace! People a person has lost his life and you're using this to attack each other and post senseless comments, don't you have any respect?

  • hleketanitrevor.baloyi - 2012-10-06 09:39

    Don't give combrades,,“gloves off for implants” backward never,,forward ever” this is our country an its belong to south Africans,,,,viva amaqabani viva, Amandla!!! Awethu!!!!! Malema and Holomisa we want you Guys.

      ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-06 10:22

      Baloyi,where is Malema or Holomisa.Holomisa is a dead snake,as for Malema,he is an opportunist claiming to represent poor people's interest whereas he is taking them for a ride.If u really think Malema and Holomisa are a correct vehicle to restore your hopes,sorry look elsewhere,that vehicle is no longer useful.

      bongeka.magwaza - 2012-10-06 11:21

      What do you want them for "BOET"? To finish off the last bit that is left from our tax money? C'mon ma'an,we have a lot of intelectualls in this country that you can choose from.The drivers that you're calling or recomending to drive us have failed dismally before.What makes you think they'll make it now? What am I saying? YES THEY WILL MAKE IT TO THE TOP,BUT DEFINITELTY NOT WITH THE MASSES AND THAT INCLUDES YOU.Less otherwise you're politically connected.

  • murray.dicks - 2012-10-06 09:48

    I guess Cosatu is going to blame this on the Employers as well

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-06 09:49

    SCRAP THE UNIONS --DISTIBUTE VAVI ETc,s salaries amongst the Workers and EVERYONE will be Happy . Unions do NOTHING except enrich themselves .

      adri.noble - 2012-10-06 09:57


      phahla.matwa - 2012-10-06 10:20

      What abt ceo's who r taking millions home. U r so short sighted. Blinded by colour of ur skin. The companies r stealing our wealth.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-06 09:57

    Why repeat old news, and so what if he was assassinated, do you think I care. We are sick of this news is there nothing better to report.

      adri.noble - 2012-10-06 10:01

      Until is happens to your family, \Miss I don't care\

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-06 10:09

      Until 1 patriotic robber shoots your child...

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-06 10:00

    As for the unions, to hell with them, if the workers waited for them to negotiate on their behalf, they would still be 'negotiating' today, until july next year, the employer would offer a 5.5% across the board, then a strike would be called, after a month on the strike the employer will come up with a 'new offer' 6%, then a 'mandate' was gonna be 'seeked' two days later a victory for the workers would be declared for the workers, then workers will have to deal with the no work no pay for a whole year. Now without the interference of the union they managed a 22% increase and a whopping R2 000 cash bonus, thats soo huge, its a real victory for the workers, i hope the unions have learnt what victory looks like, as for closing of other shafts, it should not scare anyone, it has been happening for forever, it will never be a new thing. Viva workers!!

  • reine.marais - 2012-10-06 10:02

    Until the end of World War II, South Korea was under Japanese control. During the occupation South Korea was more or less shattered. Since emancipation, the government of the country has worked diligently on behalf of the people to restore the nation as a whole. Today it has emerged as a successful nation with international recognition. Everyone has jobs, education is available to all, medical care is available to all and is relatively inexpensive. All of this in approximately 60 years. There is, of course, no corruption, almost no crime and there is respect for all people within the country, even foreigners. It may not be perfect, but all told, it is definitely a success The difference between South Korea and South Africa is so stark. Both countries had to rebuild after emancipation - the former with astonishing success, the latter with such tragic consequences for so many. Surely our country could learn from other countries to implement and to adhere to practices which are proven.

      Leviy Moneymaker - 2012-10-06 10:19

      well said

      mbeko.trevor - 2012-10-06 23:30

      wel sad...if nly we al shared a common vision in ds country ryt 4rm th top to workers in al levels sectors and the future generations. How can we make our government officials c the big picture?

  • Andre - 2012-10-06 10:08

    Ban all trade unions. We have a labour department and there are labour laws to regulate labour matters. Most of the union leaders are as thick as sand and do not have the welfare of the country as whole at heart, only there own pockets. Illegal strikers are not paid whilst striking, yet the unionists urge the strikers on to continue striking. They themselves earn massive salaries and do not really care for the strikers. They do not have the capacity to think that the money they are demanding must surely come from somewhere. Our country is falling apart due to the labour unions!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-07 08:19

      Unions are leeches.

  • elias.b.molomo - 2012-10-06 10:13

    Blacks killing each other,

  • elias.b.molomo - 2012-10-06 10:14

    Blacks killing each other,

  • bongeka.magwaza - 2012-10-06 10:19

    This is disgusting. I think I'm going to stop reading these comments on News24 because people just write garbage about some things that are very sensitive.When black people are killing each other, by white people or visa versa it doesn't make it any better.Murder will always be murder and barbaric irrespective of who committed it. I just hope and wish that people of this world can realise that the pain that you feel is not different from the pain that I feel if similar thing happens to me or anyone living in this world for that matter.

  • tumelo.matlotlo - 2012-10-06 10:19

    Lest we forget. The Lonmin management didn't consult black workers when they paid their white counterparts salary 3 times more for the same job. Likewise they didn't have to consult anyone to fight for their rights. Question is where was my NUM and the ever jittery investors when this happened?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-07 08:21

      And zuma didnt consult when spending 200m on his village there

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-06 10:22

    It can only be termed an "assassination" if the person was important!!

  • gavin786 - 2012-10-06 10:31

    Therein lies the answer - Union members and stewarts are being held accountable - as the fact of 'job loss' sinks in, I precipitate there will be more to come. "ROME IS BURNING" - GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CLIP THE UNIONS WINGS NOW!

  • cponoane - 2012-10-06 10:47

    reading peoples comments here i must say , a lot of you clearly dont think before you talk. wether it is the police or miners that are killed , murder is wrong period. white people comment blaming blacks and blacks are blaming whites .. for what ?? and most of you were not even around during apartheid . so why exactly do you hate each other so much.. thats why south africa will not come right, we fight battles we have no clue about.

  • jim.gordon.129 - 2012-10-06 11:54

    Nothing has changed in SA and nothing has impoved.In the past Opperheimer (Anglo Amerian) controlled most exports of minerals and huge profits were made using cheap labour!Today we sit with the same situation however Oppeheimer has been replaced by 5 to 9 different families (oligarchs)who just happen to be black and ex and current ANC members .Sexwale and Ramaphosa to name a few. These families will never give up this wealth without a struggle.The next struggle for SA will be similar to the struggle against apartheid but will be to get these families out and the wealth secured into a safe authority for the benifit of all south africans and not a chosen few!What you see are the grass roots of this power struggle.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 12:05

    I hope Julius Malema has beefed up his security and wears a bulletproof vest ALL THE TIME because it seems like assassination games are on the rise in SA.

  • George - 2012-10-06 12:07

    Start of the African Spring?

  • mnikelo.f.ndabankulu - 2012-10-06 12:36

    NUM must respond to allergations of its officials killing of 2 wokers and also accept amcu as an opposition union because wokers need an alternative union

  • braamc - 2012-10-06 16:24

    Another one bites the dust, and another one.

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-10-06 20:24

      You the one to follow twat.

  • japiejj.dutoit - 2012-10-06 18:04

    some one missed - where was enema?

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-10-07 02:31

    Whilst I'm no fan of the Bible, it does have many quotable quotes: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

  • sizwe.nyembe - 2012-10-07 08:45

    Myself, i think the person who has made Julius Malema to be quiet for at least a week. That dog can buck hey!

  • mazwi.biyase - 2012-10-07 22:00

    can this violence stop already.

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