Mineworkers gather at wrong court

2012-10-15 14:13

Johannesburg - Kloof mineworkers gathered at the Westonaria Magistrate's Court on Monday in the belief that 72 people arrested last week would appear there.

The crowd listened as union leaders, dressed in National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) T-shirts, told them their comrades were instead appearing at the Protea Magistrate's Court, in Soweto.

Union leaders pleaded with the crowd to disperse and they obeyed.

Some sang liberation songs, while others blew whistles as they retreated.

Women, who had watched the crowd from a distance, ululated as it passed. "Re ye [Let's go]," one of them shouted.

The 72 mineworkers were arrested on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property on Friday after staging a sit-in at the Westonaria police station.

They were demanding that the police release 13 people arrested earlier on charges of the attempted murder and assault of two NUM shop stewards.

Police were deployed at the court and the road leading to the courthouse was closed.

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-10-15 14:21


      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-15 15:12

      LOL only one thing to get right and they got it wrong, the blind leading the blind.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-15 14:22

    Funny story.

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-15 14:32

      The buss drivers are striking as well. How will they get to the other court?

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-15 14:41

      that's the unfortunate part.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-15 14:26

    Wonder what the lyrics are to those liberation songs?

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-15 14:29

      its obvious....

      Andrea - 2012-10-15 14:37

      What, the "let's go" bit?

      Klaus - 2012-10-15 14:48

      Beam me up, take me to your leader (Julius ?)

      Andrea - 2012-10-15 15:00

      Oh sorry Klaus, I got the lyrics wrong then?

      sxp - 2012-10-15 15:43

      Take me to socialist heaven Where we all are equal and poor where whites who show their faces are kicked out of the door etc etc

  • lydonmcg - 2012-10-15 14:26


  • Barefoot - 2012-10-15 14:29

    \Re ye [Let's go]\ i would think the person didn't say that because it doesn't make sense or the translation is invalid. she would have started with \A\ for it to make sense a small mistake but a big one for journalism, how are we to trust future translations? media power house with ineffective translators of indigenous languages? this is not the first time.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-15 14:46

    Yeah News24. Delete my comments. But everyone knows my thoughts anyway! Dimmer than moron!

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-15 14:49

    Ish. This lot , she is too muuuch cleva

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-15 14:49

    I gues education and listening skills are important in one s brains bwahahahahahaha

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-15 15:46

      Never under estimate the importance of a good education

  • motleleng - 2012-10-15 14:55

    Next court appearance should be at Westonaria Magistrate's Court just for fun...

  • phillipa.mill - 2012-10-15 14:56

    hahahahaha Morons

  • tshepo.ngwenya.520 - 2012-10-15 14:56


  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-10-15 14:57

    Eish. But I had to LOL!!!

  • penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-15 15:04

    Eish. Tossers!

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-10-15 15:19

    Ag shame....hahahahaha!!!

  • sxp - 2012-10-15 15:42

    Combined IQ of two rats would have led to the right court...thus...

  • Mike Mbongolo Purchase - 2012-10-15 20:15

    Do you peeps know why those fists are clenched in the picture....?

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