Miners do own inspection at Marikana

2012-10-01 20:33

Rustenburg - Mineworkers were undertaking their own scene inspection on Monday, separately from that of a judicial commission of inquiry into the shootings at the Marikana mine in the North West.

A miner, who was not speaking English, showed Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa areas where striking mine workers were shot by police.

He pointed to an area surrounded by rocks where a body was found, and indicated that the miner was shot from a helicopter above.

Mathunjwa, wearing a white Amcu T-shirt, took photographs and asked questions. A group of miners following them around.

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse a group of protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana in August.

Some reports since the event have suggested that several miners were shot dead among rocks a distance from where the police clashed with workers.

It was at this place that experts pointed out to members of the commission on Monday where bullet casings, stun grenades and rubber bullets had been found.

A large crowd followed retired judge Ian Farlam and his team as they conducted an in loco inspection before public hearings by the commission start in Rustenburg.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-01 20:45

    Wow, now that they earn more than teachers they think they are forensic and legal experts.

      asdhasgd - 2012-10-01 21:35

      Well squeegee you know they voted ANC xD

  • josta.shivuri - 2012-10-01 20:48

    I hope for the commission to show that the government should have assumed their responsibility in ensuring that squatter camps don't just mushroom everywhere around the government owned land in the Marikana area. And also provide basic services for people living in the area. And of course the exploitation of workers by the Lonmin mine in terms of housing arrangements (hostels) and education subsidies the mine should be offering to the miner's children. The commission would greatly err if they don't point out the violence and unreasonability of the miners in certain instances. Particularly in murdering the two guards and two policemen.

      mike.mike.7140497 - 2012-10-01 21:22

      talk to cyril 9% owner of the mine. how come his name never appears. The miners know that they are paid R11000-00 but cyril pockets nearly half the wages as commission - labour broker

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-01 21:03

    This has to be the joke of the century but maybe they have a good point knowing that the enquiry will work in the wrong favour.

  • hdejager3 - 2012-10-01 21:07

    what about the security guards that was killed and the other innocent people that the striking miners killed i don't read any of that news 24 who. started with the killing ??????

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-01 21:18

    Hope these 'miners' aka thugs are particularly careful about gathering forensic evidence for the 10 people they hacked to death.

      thanuj.thulsie - 2012-10-01 22:09

      very true they are highly skilled @ conducting their own investigation.but they were deemed as unskilled people who can only drill rocks.thses people started all this and now expect sympathy,what was the police xpected to do stand back and let the miners hack them all to death.come on people 3000 miners vs 400 policeman.really the police never get praised for the good work they do.this was uncalled from these miners and now they want damn sympathy from the world.

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-01 21:18

    you see what they do is not so difficult - we can catch the killers too.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-10-01 22:28

    Crazy! Miners are crime scene expert since when?

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-01 22:40

    that miner must balance the equation by also pointing out where they killed 10people,with what and who did it

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-02 12:17

    and while they are there, they must also do inspection on site where they killed/ hacked 10 people including 2 police officers.

  • cheryl.laing.94 - 2012-10-02 16:30

    About time... mineworkers in SA have been underpaid for way too long and their conditions appalling!

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 18:08

    Can you believe R11000.00 for a manual labour job that requires no tertiary education. I also want to be a miner I don't mind hard labour ah there is just one problem I can't my racist government prevents me tells me I am too privileged I am not equal to everyone else ...

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