No probe into political manipulation - govt

2012-08-24 14:06

Johannesburg - The police ministry on Friday denied reports that Minister Nathi Mthethwa said an investigation into the alleged political manipulation of mine workers was underway.

"We dismiss such allegations, the minister has not made such a remark," Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said.

"We have said that there is a commission of inquiry that is investigating the Marikana tragedy. Let us allow it space to conduct its work," he said.

Business Day reported on Friday that Mthethwa said an investigation was underway into the suspected political manipulation of miners. Cabinet ministers, industry heads and analysts reportedly believed the labour instability in the platinum sector was being orchestrated.

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced the three-member judicial commission of inquiry into last week's violence at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West. Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police tried to disperse them. In the preceding week another 10 people were killed in violent protests at the mine.

Retired Supreme Court of Appeal judge Ian Farlam will chair the commission. He will be joined by senior advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.


The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

On Thursday the government held an official memorial for the victims of the shootings. However, a group calling themselves Friends of the Youth League, which supports expelled youth leader Julius Malema, organised another one, which Marikana residents attended.

The government was then forced to abandoned its memorial service to join the community's one.

Malema dominated the memorial on Thursday, lambasting government officials and Zuma. He told mourners the government did not do anything for the 34 dead miners.

"Under democracy our people will be protected. But government has turned against its people," Malema said.

He accused members of government of attending the memorial service to pose for news cameras. The ministerial delegation left the memorial service after Malema spoke.

During a visit with mineworkers earlier this week Malema urged protesting miners not to retreat and to stand firm on their demand for a R12 500 salary.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-24 14:14

    Why not, are they afraid of what might be uncovered? Which politicians own shares, whom has direct interest in the mines, why do they not investigate these possibilities, and let the citizens of South Africa know which politicians are directly implicated in the mining industry by order of association. The public would like to know who our politicians serve.

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-08-24 14:20

    This comes to show that Malema has great support and influence

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-08-24 14:38

      Only rabble will be roused by a rabble rouser.

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-08-24 14:54

      Any person who supports, or is influenced by Mr Malema,is either totally naive or an absolute FOOL.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 14:51

    It always seems that the anc are denying what one of there fellow members is alleged to have said. Are we really supposed believe that the media will benefit from making these statements up?

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-08-24 14:53

      The left hand knoweth not what the right hand doeth.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-24 15:11

      I don't think the left hand even knows there is a right hand.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-24 15:07

    Learn from history. The 1922 miners struck against the employment of other races. Their case was peacefully presented by two Jews, Percy Fisher and Hyman Spendiff. The Government sided with the mines. General Nussey pacified the West Rand and General van Deventer the East. Fisher and Spendiff committed suicide. The immediate result was a National-Labour victory at the 1924 election, and this government, badly advised, kept South Africa on the Gold Standard in 1931, ruining many farmers. In the present case the Government should be brokering negotiations between the mines, NUM and ACMU, whereas they are perceived as siding with the mines and NUM against ACMU. R4 000 per month is for clerks, R16 000 for rock face drillers. There are differentiations in between. If ACMU is excluded there will be further conflict. This cannot wait for any official enquiry.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-24 15:25

    There was a third force involved here that incited violence...if not political, then what?

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-24 15:29

    No probe because it is true! ANC we know your style!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-25 07:09

    Let us wait see if SARS is going to hit the youthful middle aged guy called Malema.

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-08-25 17:10

    Of course there will not be a probe. How can the ANC cut their our own throat.

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