Num shot at us, says mineworker

2012-10-02 13:31

Rustenburg - National Union of Mineworkers (Num) members shot at protesters, a worker told the judicial inquiry into the shooting at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on Tuesday.

The mineworker, who spoke through a translator, told commission chair Ian Farlam miners were marching on the road behind the local police satellite office to Num's office on 11 August.

En route Num members confronted and shot at them, he said. Two workers were killed. The scene where the miners were shot formed part of an in loco inspection by the commission.

From there the commission went to the Andrew Saffy memorial hospital where miners wounded in the shooting on 16 August were taken. On that day 34 miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire while trying to disperse protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Hospital executive director, Dr Mel Mentz, took the commission on a tour of the wards. He said 56 injured patients were admitted to the hospital on the night of the shooting. Two workers were declared dead on arrival and one died at the hospital.

"There were so many casualties we had to activate our disaster plan," he told Farlam.

Mining hostels

"We had to make another room into a hospital room."

Mentz said the hospital's primary casualty ward only had place for six. Another ward was used as a secondary casualty ward.

The injured miners were stabilised at the hospital before being taken to other hospitals in Rustenburg, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.

Some patients were also taken to another mining hospital, said Mentz. Three patients were carried by helicopter, others by ambulance.

Commission members, advocates, observers and media braved the mid-afternoon sun as they walked from scene to scene.

The commission would inspect Lonmin's mining hostels next.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 13:35

    NUM skull

      gary.scande - 2012-10-02 13:35

      EVERYONE is a victim it seems

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-02 14:16

      Gees, perpetrators cannot claim to be victims after the fact. If NUM members started the shooting, they must be held accountable.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-10-02 13:35

    You DO NOT want to be a mineworker in this country! Everybody is shooting at you.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-02 13:39

    NUM will be very upset by these developments. However since they are on Zuma's site, they are safe. No charges will be brought up against them.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-02 14:18

      Don't be too sure about Zuma and NUM being in a cosy alliance on the same side. They will turn on each other when things get ugly --- they will do whatever it takes to protect their own backsides. The truth be damned is the collective's motto.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-02 13:48

    The thlot pickens!

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-02 13:51

    Its about to get sicker.

  • sphelele.genqese - 2012-10-02 13:52

    These people are laying marn nxa!!!!! The are not honest the are trust worthy

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-02 13:56

      Wow, Sphelele. I understood everything you said?!?!?

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-02 13:58

      Spit again??

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-02 14:06

      LOL John!!

      doug.evans.56863 - 2012-10-02 15:46

      ??? why are they lying ??? because they are not saying what you fake believe ??? Open your mind to the truth and you will be set free !

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-02 14:03

    the mine workers need to get their story right

  • leroy.ferreira - 2012-10-02 14:03

    "Commission members, advocates, observers and media braved the mid-afternoon sun ....." - oh give me a break. This is a tragedy but the reporter feels its worth mentioning that the suits had to walk outside for a while ....

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-02 14:22

      Quite right: Reporters should report facts --- standards of newspapers these days are so dire.

      bones.mine - 2012-10-02 16:35

      AA ?

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-02 14:04

    Do not even talk about a peaceful demonstration when carrying spears , pangas and knobkieries! Some of these weapons already had blood on them.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-10-02 14:07

    O Rly?

  • solly.shaba - 2012-10-02 14:20

    @chris. debeer. I understand your from debeers mine and you also don't want to raise the salary of your miners.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-02 14:22

    So Vavi is wrong, it started with infighting between different union members.

  • appealtoreason.rationalmind - 2012-10-02 14:29

    Its a sad day indeed when a union can open fire on its members. No wonder NUM is getting kicked out across the board. The mine workers won without them.

      gerhard.borcherds - 2012-10-02 15:02

      The Marikana strikers weren't NUM members for the most part. The strike was initiated by AMCU, which is a relatively new and up-and-coming union. NUM is part of COSATU which is allied to the ANC and the police do their bidding. Draw your own conclusions.....

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-10-02 14:32

    So this is why Vavi is blaming the employer. His own affiliated cosatu member, the num shot first. Oh the pain, oh the humiliation, oh the treachery, oh the...... wait a minute here now, my people never! I deny, deny,deny. Criminal elements I tell you, planted by the bloody agents I tell you.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-02 14:34

    Well done NUM, should have shot more rounds off!

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-02 14:34

    yawwwwn. Man U 2- Totnham 3

  • Badger - 2012-10-02 14:49

    Where do you think Vavi is and what is his comment on this ???

  • lance.hurly - 2012-10-02 14:49

    In my opinion, humble and potentially uninformed as it may be, the police did not open fire "while trying to disperse protesters". Police opened fire in order to protect themselves. Or have I been watching a different news clip?

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-02 14:55

    Just stand back and watch.

  • prince.mangunda - 2012-10-02 16:39

    i just wonder why striking miners were carrying weapons,some of them extremely dangerous!!

  • nataliepv - 2012-10-02 23:52

    WTF!is happening to this country?why do they even approve striking?if your not happy quit and find another job!how can you urn a salary of R12000 if u only have grade 7!this country is an embarrassment to both black and white people!

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