Police fire tear gas to disperse miners

2012-09-15 11:26

Marikana - Police on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse workers at platinum giant Lonmin's Marikana mine after raiding hostels and seizing traditional weapons in a crackdown on growing mining unrest.

An AFP photographer on the scene said police arrived in 12 armoured trucks and fired tear gas at a gathering on the site where police shot dead 34 people last month in a crackdown on a wildcat strike that has spread across the Rustenburg platinum belt.

  • tony.dealmeida.716 - 2012-09-15 11:35

    At frigging last. It s about time the authorities grew a few and enforced the law and protect innocents. Demonstrate and protest all you like but keep your savagery locked away in a little box at home, and if the protest don’t work vote for another political party come next elections, and I don’t mean the vote the DA. Vote for any other party if you can’t find it in yourself to vote for a “white” party. Just any other party but the ANC, there are lots to choose from

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:36

    It reminds me of the old days. Only the prevalent colour has changed.

      maduvha.mukusha - 2012-09-15 11:43

      ANC worse than apartheid, at least oldern days it was white govenment on black people. Now Blacks against blacks, funny. If I was white I would just seat and laugh.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-15 11:53

      @ maduvha .you think just because the goverment is black they not allowed to enforce the law on unruly black people. dont you want to emigrate to Zimbabwe.

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-15 11:55

      Jacqui I am not sure many people here know who you are - for the record: As a prominent anti-Apartheid activist, you are among a growing voice of those sounding the alarm, noting that South Africa is going in the diametrically wrong direction - away from Mandela's vision, straight into the abyss. How much of what is happening at Marikana is due to the false.., well more like ludicrous promises made to highly impressionable people, from 1994 onwards..? PS: Verwoerd, P.W. Botha, et al, must be laughing their backsides off, going: "I told you so.., I TOLD YOU SO..!"

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-15 12:04

      Unfortunately, it was only ever going to go this way. It was just a matter of time..........

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-15 11:37

    Some people just never learn. Anyone who still believes that this is a strike about wages is a fool. This is purposeful defiance,being aided by outside organisations like gift of the givers! This kind of action by police is weeks too late!They have set a president for all rebels to follow. Now the rest of the country must suffer the damages!

  • maduvha.mukusha - 2012-09-15 11:41

    This won't help, resolve issues that the miners are raising.

      keith.recore - 2012-09-15 11:47

      agree! but appears this is going to get worse before it gets better, did not think it possible. is it possible the miners can show they are the bigger of the lot and come and negotiate in good faith and stop the violence or potential for violence? treating people as animals from either side will only add fuel to the fire. an honest open face to face discussion(s) until it is resolved is the answer, even if it results in mine closing, they all need to reach a conclusion.

      appealtoreason.rationalmind - 2012-09-15 11:58

      Agree, all the miners are demanding is a living wage. Something that is reasonable and acheivable except for the greed of the mine owners. Its about time the needs of the many took precedence over the greed of a few.

  • marike.laranjeira - 2012-09-15 11:47

    Wonder what ol'Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale have to say for themselves now...Why doesn't Malema tackle THEM??

      phae.rayden - 2012-09-15 12:36

      Exactly, how quick were these two to grab hold of capitalist ideals and milk them for all their worth at the expense of their own people. If anyone needs to be judged harshly its these two. They have betrayed their own people and their own culture of Ubuntu, when they could have carried a light for all our disadvantaged citizens.

  • - 2012-09-15 11:58

    Its no longer about wages ...its now about politics and power...and the Miners...Unions....Goverment..Mine Bosses and Police...are drawing boundaries as to how far they can each push it. I only hope someone in this equation can see the bigger picture. Everyone here has a different Agenda.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 12:30

      Well....strike has always been about power relations. Worker's agenda is a simple one - more pay while employer is reculcitrant and has the backing of the government, which has has become unpopular with workers. The fact, that politicians (read Malema) have seized the opportunity is all in the game as they cannot be faulted. Isn't that the DA, like any opposition party, also thrieves on the blunders of the ruling party? So, why fault the poor Malema when he follow the rules?

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-15 12:01

    I have to agree that workers suffer low wages so that the shareholders in the companies can get richer. How we resist this is important, The country needs investment, the monetary unit must be strong, everyone will be affected in the long term. South Africa is importing more and more basic food groups - mainly because our farmers are being murdered - these inported food groups will become more expensive due to militant action in the country causing the Rand to become weaker. We can procrastinate the values of any political party - all of them are corrupt in one way or another - without stability in the country we are all loosers.

  • riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-15 12:06

    More action in Marikana than on the rugby field today.. Where's my popcorn?!

  • maduvha.mukusha - 2012-09-15 12:06

    Toby, did you stats released by Labour dept last week, 85% white are likely to get job first months of completing their studies compared to 35% of blacks. Ms Alicia, with all due respect, how much are whites earning? What type of job they do even though they do not have qualifications? 18 years after fighting for inequalities it can't be that a black person remain on his shack and when he shout he will be called all sort of names. It's time to push those doors you don't want to open. - 2012-09-15 12:25 Read the stats properly.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-15 12:09

    Better late then never. Also treat all illegal protests this way when people break the law.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-15 12:11

    These are the very people that voted for Zuma and he is doing zero to assist them. God have mercy

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 12:27

    why didn't they do that in the first place???

  • king.koffi.9 - 2012-09-15 12:29

    if the miners continue to be treated like this,then i am ready to leave my job and travel to marikana,support them,we have been through this before,i am sure we have a lot of courageous guys who will join the struggle for economic elections i will contribute to making sure no one wins majority,they will have to form coalition government,no one will freely squander the peoples money.LONG LIVE THE POORER OF SA,HARD TIMES AHEAD,BUT VICTORY IS CERTAIN!

      riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-15 14:18

      Yes go struggle for economic 'revolution' while the rest of us work and run the economy.. If what you aim to do is destroy the economy then victory is certain if you continue acting like criminals yes. Once the economy is destroyed just don't run back to the western world for help, your well has dried up.

  • mathohomm - 2012-09-15 12:30

    This is realy disturbing and this is starting to show that this is politically motivated they want to settle score by intimidating this himble miners what they are demanding is a wage increase not these kind of treatment from the government they voted in. So its clear now The big headed regime want to please investors. Its realy disgusting to see our very own government treating people like this. They are demanding good life they deserve to have from their hubs

  • mathohomm - 2012-09-15 12:30

    This is realy disturbing and this is starting to show that this is politically motivated they want to settle score by intimidating this himble miners what they are demanding is a wage increase not these kind of treatment from the government they voted in. So its clear now The big headed regime want to please investors. Its realy disgusting to see our very own government treating people like this. They are demanding good life they deserve to have from their hubs

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-15 12:30

    How can you build a country with fools. We need a civil war to get rid of all these young hooligans. - 2012-09-15 12:40

      We need an Election now....would be interesting to see how the tables have turned. We also need a new Political Party without a race affiliation that can take up the challenge. The existing ones don't seem to cut it.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:05

      Awb and Boeremag recently tried it but failed dismally. Maybe it is now your turn to try your hand at it and not act like a coward.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-15 12:45

    This is not about salaries. The communists are trying to destabilise the country. The western world is watching.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:13

      You must seeing the world through jaundiced eyes. The SACP (the flagbearer of communist party in this country) has nothing to do with strikes in Marikana or any in the mines for that matter. If anything really, communists (read SACP) is on the side of the government and the employer in the present impasse. As such, your allegations about distabilisation of the country are ill-informed and like the erstwhile white racist government, they are unfounded.

      irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-15 16:01

      who cares about western world,and this it has nothing to do with the communist

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-09-15 12:56

    Can someone explain to these ill informed and misled labourers that we live in a democracy now and, therefore, they are entitled to withdraw their labour, however they ane not allowed to carry weapons, become violent and destructive.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:17

      Don't you understand that miners are on strike and therefore the problem is about power relations and that police conduct is to deny employees to exercise their inalienable rights under the circumstances?

      irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-15 15:55

      i like to inform you that the system of carrying weapon and stick is the same system brought democracy in SA,people used the same system against colonialism govt and brought democracy is a legacy

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-09-15 12:56

    It pains me a Lot when I learn that they will be a time where everyone wiLl wave badbye to the ANC, if the miners aren't listened then this movement is in trouble........

      riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-15 14:22

      The anc is already in trouble.. I can smell change in the air..

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-15 13:07

    Maduvha. The black dominated government has to maintain law and order, it's one of the core functions of any government. I wish that you could be tasked with controlling these animals and then we would see what you would do. You can't just regurgitate populist che Guevara type crap then you'd have to take real and unpopular action.

      david.lebethe - 2012-09-15 14:28

      If indeed this was a black dominated government like you say, it should have long maintained law and order expropriating the land from white hands and bestowed mineral rights unto itself. And by so doing, we would not be besetted with Marikana problem. On the other hand, we would not have whites mourning about "property rights" everytime our people (read blacks) cry out for[proper]housing and/ot want to move near their workplace.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-15 13:35

    Why waste their time with tear gas - or did some tender for the supply of bullets get misappropriated by some ANCorruuption cadre.

  • phillip.andy.7 - 2012-09-15 14:05

    i'm disgusted at the way the SAPS handle themselves they only act when certain people tell them 2 do so they are useless

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-15 15:44

    the police are good at killing innocent people,but unable to handle serious crimes.

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