Health minister treats Marikana mourners

2012-08-23 13:31

Rustenburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday put on surgical gloves to help treat mourners who collapsed at a memorial service in Marikana, North West.

Paramedics had their hands full as mourners became emotional during the service for 34 miners shot dead during a protest in the area a week ago.

More than a thousand Wonderkop residents and dozens of clergymen and priests gathered in a white marquee at the edge of the informal settlement.

A second marquee was put up alongside the larger one to accommodate an overflow of mourners. Those without a place to sit carried umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun.

Priests took the stage and led the mourners in hymns before leading them along in cries of "hallelujah".

SABC radio news reported that the government abandoned its memorial service to join the community's one.

Attending the service were Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi, North West Premier Thandi Modise, Rustenburg Mayor Mpho Khonou, former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and former spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba told mourners that violence would never solve a problem.

"Let us not kill one another... forgive, do not [take] revenge."

It was time for politicians to stop using the tragedy to score political points, he said.

"Our politicians, please... do not score cheap political points through this tragedy. These are God's people."

Mourners could not contain themselves while Makgoba spoke. Some screamed and cried.

In addition to the 34 miners killed on 16 August, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed during protests.

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 13:38

    How do you treat "emotion" ?

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 13:46

      A promiss of a free RDP house would do just the trick

      dirk.naude.12 - 2012-08-23 13:56

      With surgical gloves.

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-08-23 14:01

      Lights - Camera - Action!!

      Philimsomi - 2012-08-23 14:15

      haha oh SA one never win!!lol

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-08-23 14:26

      I wonder how much of my tax was used for this now !!!!!

  • mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 13:42

    Viva! MALEMA viiiiivaa!.Down with all WHITE racists commenting on news24 down¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦__¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦_ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¯¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¯ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¯¯

      Victoria - 2012-08-23 13:46

      Ai shame, no body loves you... Cry me a freaking river you racist!

      Jennifer - 2012-08-23 13:47

      :D You're a funny guy Mparaya.he he he

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 13:51

      Shame your poor mampara , dont even think your mother like you hey

      martin.brink.965 - 2012-08-23 13:53

      Viva peace... To hell with all rascists. And quite frankly, at this stage the whites are in the minority as rascists too. Soon the ticking timebomb created by the latest rascist government will explode; all development destroyed and this country will re-grow without BEE or other rascist/monopolistic/protectionist policies. Then it will again be man versus man not a well oiled, slimy propaganda machine versus the man in the street. Viva the new political party - non-partisan, non-sexist and for South Africans without hidden agenda's.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 13:53

      you again!!!

      sauvignon.blanc.31 - 2012-08-23 13:54

      viva no politicians! politicians are all useless! viva! but on another note: to all black south africans: please note that news24 readers are not an accurate portrayal of how white south africans feel. They are a concentrated group of whinging idiots who miss the old south africa and could never afford to immigrate. IF YOU ARE A RACIST, WHAT ARE YOU DOING LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA...IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THE 34 PEOPLE SHOT DEAD BY POLICE, THEN IM SORRY, BUT YOU ARE A RACIST!!!

      harald.voney - 2012-08-23 14:02

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... ur funny man!!

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-23 14:06

      ans news24 being ever so consistent...... I post a reply about "apartheid banks" and it gets removed - here is blatant racism and profanity - and it's ok.........

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 14:07


      iceman196 - 2012-08-23 14:31

      mampara cry baby

      johandebeer - 2012-08-25 13:34

      White racists unite! Black racists unite! Lets all form a national union of black and white racists and then we can all hate the hell out of one another! Viiiiiva. I vote for Mamparra as president and for agent Juliaaas as his lieutenant. But only of he wears his beret. I can not stand his shiny black coconut head. (being a racist, remember)

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 13:44

    Be warned... mparaya.mokopane will troll here soon !!

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 13:52

      oops too late !

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 14:07

      SAY WHAT ?? "stop with your racist comments,I hate all of you Whytes" You said it !! I do not hate blacks, just racist blacks like you !!

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 14:09

      Oops, looks like someone has been sleeping in the knife box, really witty comments from mparaya.mokopane

      Jason - 2012-08-23 14:16

      He is a Troll this is what Trolls do, he isnt even black man! Just ignore him.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 15:20

      news flash mampara - we dont like you either .. now sod off

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 15:44

      Oh crap I forgot - I am meant to be from the apartheid years and hence I must be afrikaans.. okay let me try and say this in another way - Jy is 'n mors van tyd en jy besoedel die lug wat ons nodig het om te lewe. There Happy now? Having been married to an afrikaner - i did learn the language

  • Badger - 2012-08-23 13:47

    "Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday put on surgical gloves to help treat mourners who collapsed at a memorial service in Marikana" How touching !!!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 13:51

      Hey she is a dokta , that one he must put the glove

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-23 13:52

    I really detest this attitude adopted by the white people in this country. Families are in mourning over the slaughter of their bread winners and white people are making fun out of this. In their own pristine world, they are the only people who at all. They act as if they are God's own chosen race who are superior to everyone. Sies man your attitude stinks and everyone is fed up with the pink skin who think they are God's gift to humanity.

      sauvignon.blanc.31 - 2012-08-23 13:55

      to all black south africans: please note that news24 readers are not an accurate portrayal of how white south africans feel. They are a concentrated group of whinging idiots who miss the old south africa and could never afford to immigrate. IF YOU ARE A RACIST, WHAT ARE YOU DOING LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA...IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THE 34 PEOPLE SHOT DEAD BY POLICE, THEN IM SORRY, BUT YOU ARE A RACIST!!!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 13:55

      yeah right back at you we getting tired of your little victom attitudes , Its time you realise no one owes you anything. The more your anc screwes you the more you blame whites !Go to hell man

      harald.voney - 2012-08-23 14:04

      I really hate the victim attitude by black people... so there...

      Jason - 2012-08-23 14:19

      ummmmmm 34 criminals not victims! This is nothing but a dog and pony show that the politicians are jumping on to drum up support. LOL carry on with your Naive beliefs.

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 14:20

      They got themselves killed by their own violence. If white hooligans attacked police and got shot I would feel the same, it's not a race thing. Think about this, if you take away the teeth of the police who are protecting us, the country with the highest rape and murder rate in the world, how safe would you be? These miners were unreasonable and arrogant and violent. They refused to listen when asked to hand in their weapons, they hacked to death two policemen and two security guards, and you want to protect them??? Why should we care about them if they had no regard for anyone else?

      dirk.naude.12 - 2012-08-23 14:28

      And if the cops didn't defend their line, it would've been 34 dead cops. Ah well, just another casualty in the line of duty, no big deal. Yeah yeah go spew your bs somewhere else, those cops deserve a medal for neutralizing that dangerous mob.

      Badger - 2012-08-23 14:29

      @Luvo, Please go tell this to the 10 people the miners killed. The family of the policemen and the family of the security guards who I'm sure were the bread winners as you so aptly put it.

      johana.salivan - 2012-08-23 14:32

      This has nothing with the skin colour. Pulling the race card shows just how stupid you are.

      cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:36

      If south africans should learn anything from the 44 lives that were lost last week is that we should use this to unite us instead of break us further apart! There is far to much hate being speud here!! If u r not happy with this country an the people who reside here leave!! Nobody deserved to die for foreign capitalist gains!! We need to realise that it wasnt over black vs white it was people vs the overly wealthy and the wealthy won!!! I keep reading bout people asking what about the 2 policeman? Well as if you care bout them!! i bet u the same people hating the police when they have done something wrong!!! When the poor try fight for more money they r slaughtered!!! The r damned if they do and damned if they dont!!!

  • igshaanp - 2012-08-23 13:52

    seems2me this minister got blood on his hands,one word GUILT

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-23 14:00

    I wonder if the minister went to the funeral of any of the two policemen who were killed. Just wondering.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 14:03

      No because they cant vote for him any more

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-23 14:01

    Did she put on the gloves so she wouldn't come into direct contact with "filthy" miners?

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-23 14:04

    Ebony and ivory, living in perfect harmony. You guys maketh me to laugh. So mad and stereotypical. It's like only PAC and AWB types comment on this site. : ) I love news 24!

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 14:21

      ag shame, you are so politically correct.

      cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:44

      Agg shame youre such an ignorant bigot!!! @holdanigono!!! U a lil undercover racist just openly admit to it!!!

  • cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:06

    sauvignon.blanc.31 You r spot on my man!!! What r these white ignorant bigots still doing in africa if they hate africans they r all cowards who infect this country with their negativity and hate!!! Stop whining and leave!!! Their racist outlook is not welcome here anymore!!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 14:19

      Negativity ? Last I checked its you guys who are burning down the place every second day , murdering left right and centre and you call us negative ? Wahaha nice try

      Jason - 2012-08-23 14:22

      Blah blah blah, and we will take all our tax money with us. Can anyone say Zimbabwe?

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 14:24

      Holier than thou

      cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:52

      Jason take your flippen tax pennys with u!!! U fugtard!!! As if yr taxes matter gsus u dumb!! And missingman who specifically r u speaking bout wen u say "you guys" stop being under cover and open up your true racist self !!! Show yourself for wat u really r !!! A ignorant lil bigot!!! U r a embarressment to the whites who want this country to flourishe!!!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-23 14:11

    Spot on Cecil! Go to Orania you racists.

  • Armand - 2012-08-23 14:17

    ANC Politicians are like WWF wrestling actors.

  • stephen.baum76 - 2012-08-23 14:22

    "These are God's people." - God's people do not go around committing acts of violence and inciting others to violence which result in the murder of others. God's people believe that God will provide for their needs and do not partake in such barbaric acts.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-08-23 14:24

    Before you jump the bandwagon.... These miners slaughtered people. A wage dispute is one thing, killing people something different all together. They were armed and violent. They were asked, warned and pleaded with to disperse and then confronted police with gunfire. If a lone individual does this we expect the police to use force. If a crowd does this they are poor workers?

  • cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:27

    Is this thing on?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-23 14:28

    This reminds me of a scene in (Chapter 1, I think it was) James A Michener's "Hawaii".

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-23 14:33

    anything for votes hey anc, what did you promise them, free snot tissues if they vote anc, dimwits

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-23 14:37

    Save us if these are God's people.

  • marc.schnehage - 2012-08-23 14:40

    They'll go to any lengths not to loose votes. Motsoaledi treats and Nqakula begs! Idiots.

  • cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 14:58

    The youth of this country r sick n tired of you older folk who believe you know best!!! U r all a disgrace!!! We are tired of cleaning up your mistakes!!! If you do not like black people please leave!!! Our generation c's no colour all we c is the issues you have left us to deal with!!! Stop trying to force your ignorant beliefs on our country!!! It is not yours anymore you had it and you ruined it!!! 4 the love of unity!!! We will overcome bigotted ignorance and intolerance!!!

  • cecil.stevenson.3 - 2012-08-23 15:01

    No god save south africa from ignorance intolerance and hate!!!the god you worship condems your disgraceful hatred!!!

      customdesign - 2012-08-23 15:37

      Only one friend on FB, no wonder

  • customdesign - 2012-08-23 15:20

    Cecil, ever thought of taking a chill pill? Whatever you do, don't panic.

  • ntshebe.nguni - 2012-08-23 17:08

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