Mine protesters bar media

2012-08-14 14:28

Johannesburg - A group of about 500 men gathered on top of a mountain in Wonderkop, near Lonmin's troubled Marikana mine outside Rustenburg, at midday on Tuesday.

The group, described as violent, denied the media access to the mountain.

"We don't want photographers; actually, we don't want journalists here," they told a freelance photographer.

The men were carrying knobkerries and iron rods.

Local residents said an inyanga (herbalist) or sangoma (traditional healer); would perform a ritual on the mountain top and sprinkle the men with muti [traditional medicine] to make them brave.

A large contingent of police had been deployed in the area, and was stationed about two kilometres from the mountain.

A police helicopter also circled above, keeping an eye on the crowd.

ENews also reported that a military truck drove into the complex Tuesday morning.

The situation in the Wonderkop appeared quiet as locals continued with their daily routines of shopping and fetching water.

Things remained unpredictable in Marikana, a group of women said.

"Look, it is well during the day, but at night we don't know what can happen," said one of them, Annah Lekutu.

She believed the violence would abate when the perpetrators were arrested.

Earlier, Captain Dennis Adriao said police had been working to track down the killers of nine people - two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men.

The violence is believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

Lonmin has called for an end to the violence, which started on Friday following an illegal work stoppage and protest march by about 3 000 Lonmin rock drill operators.

  • thereevos - 2012-08-14 14:44

    Send in Optimus prime and the expendables and deliver them pizza

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-14 15:52

      I do have respect for different cultures, but honestly 'Local residents said an inyanga (herbalist) or sangoma (traditional healer); would perform a ritual on the mountain top and sprinkle the men with muti [traditional medicine] to make them brave.' And how much does this violence have to do with constant talk from leaders about nationalising mines.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-14 14:47

    No sleep for SAPS tonight!! Those guys will be braver than Braveheart and stronger than Chuck Norris tonight!! SAPS keeping an eye on an illegal gathering?? Get the two union bosses to march up the mountain and tell their loyal subjects to stop their nonsense!! Let us see how these leaders lead!! They started this unacceptable behavior!!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 14:47

    It will be really funny when they realise that the sangoma's muthi doesn't really work and they have to clean out the under pants.

      Willie - 2012-08-14 14:53

      Arrest the whole lot and charge them with treason,they killed cops

      genet.joobs - 2012-08-14 15:08

      That was my giggle for today, thanks.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-14 15:24

    Another great marketing event for South African Mining , how to discourage investment , close mines , lose jobs and make things worse for you and everyone else. 'making mines inoperable ' Proudly South African !

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 15:30

    Schew, the News 24 moderators have been busy with the "delete comments" button today.

  • Happyness - 2012-08-14 15:44

    Shoot them with rubber bullets and arrest them all for murder. Bunch of damn morons. No wonder people think this country is a joke.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-14 15:47

    So -if you have a dispute ,you must then start behaving like a barbarian,injuring and murdering innocent people? If they had GENUINE grievences they would WANT the media there,so this is just plain out of control,savage behaviour! Once again the tail wags the dog!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-14 15:47

    Stupidity, people being killed over union membership. Numsa are known to be big bullies. Kick out all the unions and any union members that protest, let them follow. Close down the mine and make them sit it out.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-14 16:00

    So who cares? Let them slaughter each other. If you don't want to negotiate or to debate an issue to reach an agreement and you use violence to get your message across, than so be it. Kill each other, there are others who can do the job.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-14 16:07

    Protesters that doesnt want the media there....seems legit...Wait... What?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-14 16:13

    Making mines "unoperable"

  • ntseks - 2012-08-14 16:57

    lonmin manager does nt wnt 2 giv ppl money der only pays officials,employees demand R12;500 only nd dats it,no money no work nd no1 wil b employed

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-14 17:24

    The Military should neutralize this group with tear / sleeping gas or tasers. Then they should be handed over to SAPS for investigation.

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