Police force residents into shacks

2012-09-15 14:10

Marikana - Police firing tear gas and wielding batons sent men, women and children running back into their shacks in a crackdown on striking miners at a platinum mine.

Saturday's show of force follows a South African government vow to halt illegal protests and disarm strikers who have stopped work at one gold and six platinum mines northwest of Johannesburg.

It was the first police action since officers killed 34 miners on 16 August in state violence that shocked the nation.

Police said about 500 officers raided hostels at Lonmin PLC platinum mine before dawn and confiscated homemade machetes, spears, knives and clubs.

Officers first fired tear gas at hundreds of miners who refused to disarm at the granite hill that has become the strikers' headquarters.

Then they moved into the Wonderkop shantytown.

  • rabe.tweeki - 2012-09-15 14:29

    Dis thng that is happeng in wonderkop is kaark, police now are forcng people into their shacks, shame to the leadng goverment, is this the peace,police man is kickng people wile arrestng inocent man,

      dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-15 14:45

      Well I guess until the thugs are cleaned out, such action is necessary, I don't c any dark days here. We need law & order...miners should fight for their rights within the constitution

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 15:06

      If the "strikers" REALY gave a damn about their families,they wouldnt be armed and put their "loved ones" in the position to begin with!!!!!!!!!!!

      bishop.solitaire - 2012-09-15 15:48

      you Sir are talking kaark, if you think this intimidation from the miners is a good thing, then join them. seems the only way to handle this guys is by showing them enough is enough. Clamp down on all weapon carrying strikers.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-15 15:52

      They did tell Radebe to "bring it on", so he has. They seem a tad confused though, because last night they were in fear of their lives and going into hiding. I think the very clear lesson here is that you cannot solve problems with violence - it just creates more violence. This issue is polarising the nation.

  • michael.vanwyk.33 - 2012-09-15 14:42

    back2the dark days?

      coursieres - 2012-09-15 16:55

      Don't you mean "back2the bright days?"

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-09-15 14:46

    i just hope children & women are not severely affected during des raid. miners need 2 engage with mine management and forget dat dey will get help from government. Jeff Radebe will kill dem finish & klaar.

      keith.recore - 2012-09-15 15:20

      agreed! and all those supposedly on the side of the miners should be assisting them in the process of setting up legal protest and marches, instead of instigating more of the same, help them mobilize legally and actually address some of their grievances within the process. If miners work within the process they will be shown to be bigger than the govt and the instigators. Who is helping them to do this the right way??

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-15 15:56

      I don't think that massive increases are going to solve the underlying issues and it's now time for all parties to get together and sort it out. We understand why people are asking for R12k but that is not the solution to the very many problems that exist. You need a facilitator now - not JM - a real one - to help each side understand the other and get to the root cause. Marching, waving nasty weapons, cops, teargas, none of this solves anything. It just makes it worse.

  • africa.tshipembe - 2012-09-15 14:47

    this is going to backfire big time on the government,,damned if they do and damned if they dont.

      theuns.coetzee.3 - 2012-09-15 15:34

      Problem is the Government has no choice in this matter. Law and order must be enforced. It is one of the main provisions of the 1996 constitution. Which is the supreme law of the Republic.

      africa.tshipembe - 2012-09-15 16:28

      you are right theuns but are the law enforcers properly trained to deal with such problems.i just read on The Times, apparently innocent women were caught in the crossfire,someone who was allegedly fixing his shack got shot as well.very soon cases will be opened against the cops and juju will be feeding on it again

  • rory.short1 - 2012-09-15 16:14

    This is crazy. There are better ways to deal with genuine grievances and dissatisfaction than police violence and thanks to 1994 we have them but people have to be educated in them before they can use them.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-15 18:13

      Educated yes, but also we have to understand why they are not trusted.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-15 16:16

    Well done police for bringing back law and order to SA. It was an illegal unprotected gathering as they did not have permission to gather and march .

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-09-15 18:34

    The police should still treat citizens with respect - remember .. if they get heavy handed with black miners - they will be just as heavy handed with white rates protesters - protect the rights of citizens ... If the miners get rowdy then use whatever force is required - AGAINST THEM!!

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-15 18:46

      White protestors tend to use the laws, processes, procedures and guidelines and take the matter to arbitration and/or court. There's a fundamental gap in not only understanding how things work but also exercising impulse control and behaving rationally as mature adults.

  • Panafricanparliamrntraw - 2012-09-27 10:49

    Turn of event... in many ways, this is a turn of event in the country for many. it is a sorry situation that people of this country have lost it all. both government and their agencies, Unions and the people (workers), even our industries, churches and... where do we stop?

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