Non-striking miner's body found

2012-11-13 12:42

Johannesburg - The body of a Mozambican miner was found in a veld at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Amandelbult mine after a number of other miners were assaulted, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

"When they were returning from work they were overpowered and assaulted with stones," said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

This took place on Monday. The 56-year-old man's body was found in the veld near a mine hostel. The other people assaulted were not seriously injured, she said.

Police found out he was a non-striking miner.

In a separate incident at the platinum mine, also on Monday, 22 people were arrested after a clash between striking miners, police and mine security guards.

This corroborated an earlier statement by the Marikana Support Committee.

Otto said the group would appear in court in Northam to face charges of public violence. She did not immediately know the date of the appearance.

Otto said extra police officers had been sent to the mine, near Thabazimbi.

Company offer

"Patrols are continuing and police are monitoring the situation."

She could not comment immediately on the support committee's claims that rubber bullets and teargas had been used.

Amplats' Rustenburg, Amandelbult and Union operations have been at a standstill for eight weeks, over a pay strike. Only basic maintenance was being undertaken.

The company tried to get striking miners back with an offer of R4 500, made up of a R2 000 loyalty or hardship allowance and a R2 000 safe start-up allowance, and also said it would open next year's salary negotiations early.

The offer had to be accepted by Monday, or it would fall away.

Company spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said she would establish the facts and comment later on Monday's incidents, but said the offer to workers had been extended to Wednesday.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-11-13 12:51

    There are thousands of people out of work and these scumbags are keeping people from working by killing them. Obviously the police should have shot a few more of these scumbags. Another question were do these so called "strikers" get their money from? They do not appear to all that malnourished after all this time on strike. If I loose even one weeks pay I am deeply in the dwang let allone a month.

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-13 12:52

    So freaking PRIMITIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-11-13 12:55

    This is sad, because i dont give a fk about the strikers, but when a good man, goes to work to put food on the table for his family, and gets killed for doing the right thing....i have a problem with that. Pissant police too scared to do anything after marikana, and gov dont want to intercept for fear of loosing votes.

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-13 13:01

    So now we are losing people who are willing to work. Fantastic.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-13 13:03

    and so the offer just keeps getting extended whilst the economy bleeds and job seeking willing and able citizens are refused employment to accommodate these undeserving, otherwise occupied, members of society.

  • hjkavdkah - 2012-11-13 13:04

    If he was not striking, what is his body doing there!!!!

      peter.j.cock - 2012-11-13 13:12

      Duuuuh ... read the article

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 13:14

      On his way back from work. Catch a wake up.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 13:18

      He was coming from work.

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-11-13 14:17

      he was trying out for the S.A. hopscotch team an his way to the tryout a bear attacked him

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-13 13:05

    Why and how do criminals get away with this type of behaviour? And I am not talking about the striking workers here! I am referring to the instigators, the unions. To gain an extra few rand in membership fees and recruit some more members or take back lost territory, even murder is acceptable. The only way to get rid of the self enriching unions is to render them useless to the workers. Known members who partake and instigate violence during industrial action must be named and shamed. Get these criminals out of the working environment.

  • customdesign - 2012-11-13 13:07

    They should convict them, it is the only deterrent. And then torture them again while they are at it as an example to the others. Poor man, he probably had a family back home.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 13:13

    Is this not how Marikana started?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-13 13:21

      Yes, 2 union leaders, 2 policemen and 2 guards were killed and a few non striking workers. Bring the army in again to stop the intimidation, destruction of property and killings.

  • Watkykj - 2012-11-13 13:17

    Inhuman scumbags! They need to be dealt with accordingly!!

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-13 13:22

    The culture of killing is ruling the country - instead of fighting for peace in order to get the salary top up - you are busy killing each other silently who will add you the cash? Think again brother......I think those who are part of this madness are unemployed, politically unstable and who don't know what struggle was like.

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-11-13 13:26

    And it is illegal for me to use the word that best describes them. I would go to jail but they are free to murder. But there is only one word for them and we all know what it is.

      sven.gohre - 2012-11-13 13:46

      I am sure you are not thinking of the word that starts with a K. If you are, I can only imagine what the police would overcome to nail you as a racist. The funny thing is that Racism cannot work unless their is someone who feels inferior to another, which says more about the so called victim of racism than the person that is allegedly perpetrating it. I suppose that as long as people fear the "Racism" Tag, those that cry Racism at the drop of a hat will always remain the victim with no intention of ever proving, through hard work, that they are in fact equal to or better than the person that allegedly is practising racism.

  • mthoko.xulu.96 - 2012-11-13 13:30

    arrest them and throw away the keys. People have become too lazy, they just demand more and more money without having skills.

  • christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2012-11-13 13:35

    And yet these strikers are allowed to roam free while holding good hardworking people at ransom...

  • claudette.blankenberg - 2012-11-13 13:37

    There's definately a 3rd force at work. Someone is feeding these striking miners. They want nationalisation of the that it can be messed up like everything else the government touches!!

  • dwaynemi - 2012-11-13 13:48

    Amplats management consists of a bunch of spineless cowards! Your \ex\ employees are running around like a bunch of barbarians to put it in \politically\ correct terms and yet you wish to give them an opportunity to claim their old jobs back! For anyone that feels sorry or supports these wastes of human flesh, I hope you know what you can do with yourself? It begins with an F and ends with a K!

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-13 14:03

    some white folks must rather shut up bcos looking at all de comments from dem what dey need is to c blacks behind bars, shot dead, fired, nd work as slaves for peanuts.

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-11-13 14:18

      you bad bro???

      thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-11-13 15:19

      @ ivhukeya1. by their comments they think that we like what mandela did i just wished this rascist would have left by now and we blacks deal with ourself as blacks with our issues like eg like "blacks voted anc out of government wouldnt it be nice" than reading this rascist telling us what we know.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 14:23

    One in fifty make it into the news. Must be a slow news day.

  • Mbongeni.Ali - 2012-11-14 00:45

    dialectic of democracy. this mangaung thing is taking lives...stop it

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