Miners shot on East Rand

2012-09-03 14:58

Johannesburg - Four people were shot and wounded by security guards at Gold One’s flagship Modder East mine near Springs early on Monday, police said.

Spokesperson Captain Pinky Tsinyane said police were called to the scene at 06:30, but arrived after the men had been taken to hospital.

One of the four was in a critical condition, while the other three had less serious injuries.

Tsinyane said some of the men had previously been fired from the mine, apparently over union recognition issues, but some had since been reinstated.

Police were investigating a case of attempted murder and four people were arrested for public violence.

Independent Online reported that a crowd gathered outside the gates of Modder East on Monday morning, demanding to be re-employed with higher salaries.

Workers, who had been on strike since June 4, were reportedly fired via SMS on June 11 for going on strike.

Further details were not available.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-03 15:03

    Live ammunition or rubber bullets?

      merven.halo - 2012-09-03 15:05


      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-03 15:17

      Forget about live ammunition or rubber bullets.............this is what Julius said - make the mines ungovernable. And this is how the security forces should react - if they kill them, Im sorry, so be it! This cannot be tolerated.

      yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 15:22

      Shot minners are now becoming a media focus. I dont want to sound heartless, but four mine workers getting shot by rubber bullets is not really comparable to Lonmin.

      procold2 - 2012-09-03 15:29

      julias and the miners have declared war, at lot more are going to be killed, this is the fault of our idiotic useless coruppt gov. apatheid got nothing to d with this

      Arm_Witmens - 2012-09-03 15:29

      These so called miners are just trying to earn a quick buck by being shot. Maybe they feel their loved ones can benefit is they get shot and the mine will then pay for their children's education. Someone should teach these security guards to aim properly.

      veldt66 - 2012-09-03 15:38

      South Africa is facing possible poor people uprising, how many times should we keep saying that? It's a matter of time & call me out if I'm wrong.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-09-03 15:42

      @Peter ... Police or Security Guards???

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-09-03 16:11

      Does not matter. This is the beginning of the end. Tot siens Suid-Afrika.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-03 15:05

    The Revolution has started.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-03 15:07

      So has the paralympics, what's your handicap?

      tracey.wheal.77 - 2012-09-03 15:16

      Comment of the day @Charles - brilliant!!!!!!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-03 15:18

      Thabang, and so the killing!!!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-03 15:25

      yes the anc started killing their supporters , Nice @!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-03 15:39

      @Charles Dumbwin, I have longer legs than you. So you loose.

      banele.xaji - 2012-09-03 15:43

      It seems like it has, yes the government will do a lot to subdue the revolution. But I think this are the tell-tell signs. It will only get worse from here onwards. Now ANC cannot blame anyone but themselves for the lack of transformation in post-apartheid SA. People's lives have not changed since the Mandela.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-09-03 15:06

    So now it is not the police this time. This time the security gaurds. Public Violence on who's part, the gaurds or the miners? So what now?

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-09-03 18:57

      Having read that two security guards were hacked to death with pangas at Lonmin I cannot in all sincerity blame any security guard shooting first and asking questions later. I'd no doubt do the same.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-03 15:10

    It's high time these protesters realise their violence will no longer be tolerated. If they threaten people they must expect consequences, this culture of violence, intimidation and assault murder in some cases)will result in violent rebuttal from security forces..

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-03 15:36

      I agree with this point of view. Everyone has the right to protest / strike, but no one has the right to do so with violence, damage to property, murder etc. If we allow this then anarchy will reign.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-03 15:10

    Two guards were killed previously at Lonmin mine, they did not want to be part of these stats? Go to work or stay home.

      Mdavu-zn De New Episode - 2012-09-03 15:23

      People this isnt all about Julius Malema. Mourners are shot there. Stop twisting the blame.

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-03 16:14

      Get your tenses are making us all very tense....Mourners "are" shot there means what?

  • herbert.plessis - 2012-09-03 15:10

    And here we go again....

  • LynneOeschger - 2012-09-03 15:11

    Well, this was predictable.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-09-03 15:11

    No! Get a team of competent advisers on how to handle these things/ talk to the unions/ do something.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-03 16:33

      The union's hand is already in the jar.

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-03 15:12

    Police have shot at miners and now security guards have shot at miners. I only see one common denominator here.

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-09-03 19:04

      Hmmmm, I see you did Arithmetic at school *chuckle* and you are so very correct in your "summing" up of the problem...

  • - 2012-09-03 15:13

    I don't like this turn of events. I see more trouble in my 'crystal balls' this year. And Malema will leap on this occasion like the 'good' guy that he is!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-03 15:14

    Wonder how long it will take Malema to get there? So he can get some free press. Violent behaviour deserves violent resolutions. If they want to act like tsotsis then this is what they will get!

  • lucille.cupido.399 - 2012-09-03 15:14

    Shoot to protect. That is all what they done. These people don't learn at all.

  • stephan.aucamp.75 - 2012-09-03 15:15

    Hope you're happy now Julius!!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-03 15:16

    Damm....and Jules...not there again....he will be in 2 days time again...only if the Hawks havn't areested him by then

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-03 15:22

    I bet the miners were wielding their pangas, butcher knives, knobkerries, spears etc. as they went about their `peaceful` protest

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-03 15:24

    Mishini wami , You called it anc and the people listened ! I think more people died in one your under your leadership than in 350 years of apartheid as you always put it !

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-09-03 15:37

    I can't say that I blame the security guards. After the violence at Lonmin and the guards that were killed there, I can only imagine how scared and nervous these guards must be.

  • bullardx - 2012-09-03 15:41

    this isnt gonna stop anytime soon now iz it???.but what i dont get iz demendin a job bacck with higher salaries on top of that, common guys its S.A, not fantasy world.

  • farmfreund - 2012-09-03 15:44

    this will get out of hand soon and our government will not be able to stop what is comming their way

  • philip.vde - 2012-09-03 15:44

    How can you demand the terms of employment ???

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-03 15:49

    Arise, ye prisoners of starvation...

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-03 15:50

    I knew that this day wasnt gonna end up well when i left my house this morning in Modder east - after seeing close to hundreds people chanting at the gate in my mind i had Marikana.To think that this people have been protesting for so long and still management and unions still havent come to an agreement its scary.

  • william.bromehead - 2012-09-03 15:58

    go straight to jail dont pass go dont collect tender coruption money's

      austin.ratcliffe.9 - 2012-09-03 16:03

      Why not train Security to shoot properly. Give me the rifle and they'd know all about it.

  • jbm.moate - 2012-09-03 16:03

    I guess the security guys could not resist... wonder when the miners are going to jail for "shooting themselves"

  • EricksonTL - 2012-09-03 16:09

    If this carries on, all my fears for South Africa may just become reality sooner than I thought.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-03 16:29

    Fired by SMS, can't be legal...

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-03 16:35

      On strike since june 4th fired by SMS June 11th I am sorry but how is this legal, where is NUM (fat cat union leaders) in all of this. How can four people be shot.....inside or out side the gates this article is very obscure, surely facts could have already been established it seems as if some mines are a bit out of control when it comes to labour disputes.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-09-03 16:48

    The third force is operating at mines . . . It could be Juliaass !

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-03 17:24

    This comes after Malema addressed the miners and told them to make the mine ungovernable until their demands were met. Instead of using ancient apartheid legislation to charge over 260 Marikana miners with murdering their fellow workers (since withdrawn)the NPA would be mucH better employed if they arrested and charged Malema with sedition (incitement of resistance to lawful authority).

  • howard.komati - 2012-09-03 20:24

    Apartheid is back

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-03 20:32

      Apartheid is black?

  • pages:
  • 1