Miners attacked after reporting for duty

2012-11-10 15:23

Johannesburg - Four miners have been assaulted after they allegedly reported for duty at Waterval Smelter, a division of Anglo Platinum (Amplats) mine in Rustenburg, North West police said on Saturday.

Brigadier Thulane Ngubane said two men and two women, were taken forcefully into a bakkie to Zakhele Informal Settlement on Friday.

On arrival they were attacked with stones, rocks, fists and knobkerries by a group of about 1 000 people.

Ngubane said they were accused of reporting for duty when other mine workers are on strike.

"It is suspected that the victims have been targeted for a long time."

He said they were taken to a local hospital under critical conditions. One of the victims was in the intensive care unit.

No arrests have been made, but police were investigating a case of attempted murder.

  • maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-11-10 15:32

    How many more law abiding innocents must suffer before government gets it collective finger out of its ass and DOES something about these thugs?

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-10 15:50

      The current govt endorses this culture of violence if you don't get your way

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-11-10 16:22

      Pretty good odds-1000 vs 4-pathetic pieces of sh$t.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-10 21:02

      Like Zuma said: "we must solve problems the African way..."

      vuyisan - 2012-11-11 07:29

      I agree with you Maarten, government police must do their job here by not allowing illegal gatherings

      heathway.master - 2012-11-11 09:58

      Miners will continue to strike until their initial demand to get R16, 500 clear after all deductions. This relates to a salary of about R25, 000 a month, to basically unskilled, semi-literate workers. As an African miner has told me, the present strikers are regarded by other miners as being the least skilled on the mines, occupying the lowest rung of the employment chain. These miners are anyhow the best paid and looked after in the entire African Continent. The country has a 40% unemployment rate, and due to the world economic crises, many of the mines are running at a loss. South Africans had better brace themselves for typical African States anarchy, lawlessness, violence, death and destruction of all that has taken 100's of years to build up. As mineral production at the world’s largest mines has virtually been brought to a standstill, most marginal mines will be closed down, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, both at the mines and at the thousands of satellite businesses serving the mines. All the newly unemployed will then go on a violent rampage at the loss of their only form of income. This will fuel a never ending cycle of unemployment and further violence, until SA becomes the “BASKET CASE” that so many of its people are so desperately fighting for. This has all been led by unbelievable greed, envy, and an attitude of entitlement. Such crass stupidity is unexplainable.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-11 11:18

      In previous times when the country was blessed with an educated prime minister and a functional Government, all strikers would have been fired months ago. The economic collapse of our mines would have been declared as a national emergency, and the Army would have been called out to crush the present destructive elements to the economic stability of the country. The strikers would all have been rounded up and imprisoned for revolutionary behaviour. Off course the present corrupt puppet, standard two dropout, President is only concerned with being elected for another 5 tear term of office where he can continue raping the countries coffers for his own personal gain and a live of excesses and extravagance for his fellow bunch of thieving state politicians and leaders of the inoperative and collapsing uncivil service and state organs of Government. ANC Government, all citizens of SA are so proud of ALL your achievements over the past 18 years of rule. May you rule this beautiful country forever, and further destroy its potential, each month you remain in Government.

  • letlhogonolo.selebalo - 2012-11-10 15:34

    the police must find the driver and charge him

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-10 15:34

    For goodness sake,will someone in power wake up and put an end to this blatant anarchy!!!!!!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-10 15:53

      Yes, simply go and shoot the hell out of them as it is the only language they understand.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-10 16:03

      If only! Fight fire with fire. They dont listen to words so maybe they will listen to a bullet!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-11-10 17:16

      Well that's the problem we have plenty of pigs in power feeding at the trough, but none has good leadership

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-10 15:47

    Govt are you guys sleeping??!!! COSATU NUM where are you?? This intimidation has to stop this is attempted murder I say fire the whole lot cause this truly cannot go on!!!!!!! There are people that want to work for goodness sake its a known fact that ANC like to intimidate their own I don't think it can be nice at all being a member of the ANC there is no democracy within this party!!!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-10 16:04

      Cosatu/Num are living the high life off all fees. They only get involved when there is an incentive for them!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-11 01:21

      Erm, when the unions do finally come out with a statement it will be something along the lines of "these were rogue elements" or "these were definitely not any of our members". As if any of them were there to verify this or their members would open themselves up to legal action. It's all a farce. Knowing is one thing, proving it is another. The Alliance have the whole game rigged.

  • eddie.roberts.5205 - 2012-11-10 15:49

    African democracy at work. Do what I want or I'll rape your dog and kick your wife!!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-10 15:52

    Crime beloved country.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-10 16:03

    And if you touch these murderers then you get criticised and the whole world will be feeling sorry for them.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-10 16:07

    Really sorry for what happened to you. must have been horrific. Get well soon! How brave of those1000 against you 4. Cowards!

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-11-10 16:26

    This is what happens if you call criminals victims!!!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-10 16:54

    By the time this mindless labour unrest has run its course, we would all look stupid for having set that Farlam Commission in the first place.

  • Mhlonitjhwa Sikhosana - 2012-11-10 17:09

    i dont agree with what happend to the victims bt i think they were warned of circumstances when u go against the masses.\r\nNow they hv learned a hard lesson of nt listening.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-10 17:26

      We have a constitutional right to work. So personally f*** the masses . Bunch of cowards . One thousand vs four. Seems real fair.

      hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-10 17:45

      Have you no shame?

      Nkosana C. Mvelase - 2012-11-11 06:25

      i think we need to remember that South Africa is a democratic country therefore no one is allowed to threaten someone on their democratical rights and as for those who now beat others when they are on strike they are to late by the time we fought apartheid regime they were sell out them selves

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-10 18:13

    Why do black people turn on each when they work together every day. Look what happened at Marikana, innocent people got killed. Why revert to violence or murder to prove a point. Why cant they accept that nobody is forced in this country to work, if you dont like the job or the money is not enough, you leave and find something else. To use violence or turn to murder against people who want to work is really barbaric in this day and age. How can these miners live with themselves, suppose they must have absolutely no feelings. I thought only the devil had no feeling.

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-10 19:18

    At Least it was a fair fight 1000 to 4

  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-10 20:35

    When civilization swept throughout the world it missed South Africa by a few hundred miles. We are the disgrace of Africa. A bunch of rabid, blood thirsty dogs with continous demands who's thirst for blood must be quenched with the blood of their brothers, sisters, collegues, children and even the elderly. No Africsn culture, no respect. I cant even call them animals because that would be an insult to animals. These things do not deserve to be called Africans.

  • jan.ramoshaba.5 - 2012-11-10 20:42

    What happnd at marikana was realy bad so please good people I am not happy at wat is going on with this mining strikes but guys just listen for a minute don't put your life in danger because your blood will be used as the mouth of stikers sorri for you guys get well soon.

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