Marikana mine calm after shooting

2013-06-04 09:53


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Johannesburg - No incidents of violence were reported overnight at Lonmin's Marikana mine following a shooting at Wonderkop hostel, North West police said on Tuesday.

"No incident has been reported and no arrest has been made," said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone.

A National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward was shot dead and another wounded on Monday.

Mokgwabone said the wounded man was in a critical condition in hospital.

He said the names of the two men had not been released.

On 11 May, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) North West regional organiser Mawethu Steven was shot dead at a tavern in Photsaneng.

Forty-four people were killed during a wildcat strike at Marikana last year. Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on 16 August. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

Workers went on strike demanding a monthly salary of R12 500. The strike ended in September.

The murders of union leaders in the area have been linked to rivalry between the two unions.

Premier calls for calm

Meanwhile, North West Premier Thandi Modise called for peace after the killing at the mine on Monday.

"We condemn in the strongest terms possible the violence that has claimed the life of an NUM shop steward and left another injured after a shooting incident at Wonderkop hostel," Modise said.

"There is no place for strong arm tactics and the use of violence in our labour relation regime that allows freedom of association."

Modise called on workers to remain calm and help police in their investigations into the recent spate of violence.

She also appealed to NUM and Amcu to denounce violence and commit themselves to peaceful co-existence at Lonmin and other mines around Rustenburg.

“Those stoking the violence have lost sight of the need for workers to act in unison to address the challenges facing the mining sector.

"Acts of intolerance and violence can only serve to weaken them when taking up genuine issues against their employers,” Modise said.

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