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No weapons at start of Marikana strike

2012-11-20 15:26

Rustenburg - Traditional weapons were brought in at a later stage of the wildcat strike at Lonmin mine’s platinum operation in Marikana, North West, video evidence showed on Tuesday.

The evidence-leading team screened a series of video clips captured by members of Lonmin security and police officers.

Footage captured on August 9, during the early stages of the protest, showed the protesters gathered at a Lonmin office in Wonderkop. The hundreds of protesters were singing and chanting. No traditional weapons were captured in that scene.

A member of the evidence-leading team stated that evidence would be led to show that the protest action started off without the use of traditional weapons, including pangas, spears, knobkerries, clubs, and sticks.

Marched to Lonmin offices

The team, led by advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga, had requested to screen video footage captured between August 9 and 16 before the three-member commission.

Scenes captured on August 10 were significantly different from those of the previous day. The protesters on August 10 had brought their traditional weapons with them; some were dancing ecstatically and waving the weapons.

The crowd of protesters marched to a Lonmin office, which was secured by guards and police officers.
On August 11, the video footage shows a group of protesters heading to offices of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). No incidents of violence were captured on the videos of August 9, 10, and 11.

The group initially congregated at the Nkaneng informal settlement "to discuss a way forward", according to a Lonmin cameraman doing a voice-over in the footage.

Women in black

Other footage captured later on August 11 showed the protesters marching and carrying weapons.

Family members, mainly women in black regalia, stared attentively as the series of videos were played on big television screens.

The commission led by retired judge Ian Farlam is holding public hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, North West, as part of its inquiry into the deaths of 34 striking miners killed in a confrontation with police on August 16 in Marikana.

Another 78 people were wounded in the shooting and scores were arrested.

Comments
  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-20 15:34

    That was before they were demon possed!

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 15:54

      The ANCYL and Malema shipped in the weapons! Because they wanted to kill the whiteys that owned the mines!

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-20 16:04

      @ Thandeka2Luv - Cause your racist!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-20 17:11

      Thandeka2Luv - because you don't comment objectively. Your comments are always subjectively in favour of Blacks, anti White or a White party, and pro ANC, that being one of the most disastrous political parties this country has ever seen. In other words you are racially and politically biased.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-20 17:18

      Wether they had then from day one or later -makes NO difference,they shouldnt of had them in the first place!

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-20 15:37

    And the point?????

      alfred.mokganyetsi - 2012-11-21 22:50

      flw de story attentively,dnt u know hu drew first blood?c'mon,most ppl hate de miners bcoz dey demanded higher wages dan wt most of de so called educated ppl earn.yes,i know dat farm workers r taken lyk idiots,bt ppl hu luk @ dem s idiots wud luv 2 sit in their office

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 15:38

    Those weapons were under their beds all the time.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-20 15:42

    what form of intel are we supposed to gather from this article?

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-11-20 15:58

    The police also didn’t shoot anyone in the beginning. The miners drew first blood. The police did the right thing. Why are we having an enquiry instead of a criminal court case against the ones that were involved?

  • msturmair - 2012-11-20 16:00

    FROM THE BEGIN - THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN NO STRIKE, PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE NOMINATED AN EXPERIENCED PERSON TO NEGOTIATE ON THEIR BEHALF FOR A BETTER INCREASE WITH CONDITIONS IF THEY DONT......AGAIN UNIONS AND OFFICIALS INTERFERE AND MAKE THINGS WORSE....NO MATTER WHAT SITUATION NO HOME MADE WEAPONS OR ANY OTHER WEAPONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON SITE....EVERYONE INVOLVED SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND A SOLUTION SHOULD BE FOUND

  • lucy.bush.9231 - 2012-11-20 16:27

    cv jhchgmnxg

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-20 16:31

    Farken hooligans deserved to get shot at....

      alfred.mokganyetsi - 2012-11-21 22:58

      yes,dey deserved 2 die.instead of calming de situation,u r busy promoting murder.though u wish dat de miners wer al dead,i wish u liv long enough 2 c de same wish u wish 4 de miners knocking @ yr own door or yr relatives's.

  • Phobos777 - 2012-11-20 18:13

    Nice one Bob!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-20 19:26

    And the point of this factoid is.....?

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