Policeman hacked with panga at mine

2012-10-16 14:22

Rustenburg - A policeman was hacked with a panga at Samancor Mine in Kroondal near Rustenburg on Tuesday, North West police said.

Captain Tselane Nkala said this happened while police were dispersing a group of striking mineworkers at around 09:00.

"The officer fell down while pushing the mineworkers. He was hit with a panga on the left hand and was taken to hospital."

She said the panga was aimed at the policeman's face, but he blocked it with his left hand.

Nkala said at least 26 people were arrested during the morning.

"The number of arrests is not yet confirmed. The figure we have is 26, but this could change as more people are being arrested."

The Rustenburg Joint Strike Co-ordinating Committee said workers had assembled peacefully outside the Milsell shaft, expecting to be addressed by management and the strike committee, when police in Nyala vehicles charged at them.

"Workers were assaulted, beaten and 26 of them were arrested and taken to Rustenburg police station," said strike committee leader Nkosinathi Mpopo.

"Workers have consistently been refused a permit to gather by the Rustenburg municipality's public safety department and the police."

Workers at Samancor were on strike demanding a monthly salary of R12 500.

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  • nikondaniel - 2012-10-16 14:28

    Shoot to Kill.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-16 14:54

      Are blood and violence the only thing most of these people understand? Such a savage nation...

      aarchaic - 2012-10-16 15:00

      If he is carrying a spear, panga, knop kierrie shoot them on site! what else were they planning to do with it? Slag 'n Kudu? i dont think so...

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 15:49

      Barbaric, SAVAGES!!!!!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-16 14:35

    Shoot the bastard. We cannot afford to have people who do not respect the rule of law.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-16 14:37

    and when police use live bullets are been accused.

  • shudusO - 2012-10-16 14:37

    Can the president do something before it's by Dad hacked with a panga or something like that! ... this is just wrong.

      Tee.Matimba - 2012-10-16 14:49

      Damn hjkavdkah, let me see if i can copy,edit and paster ur comment to my Facebook wall.. ;)

      hjkavdkah - 2012-10-16 15:36


      gail.rieck.9 - 2012-10-16 18:45

      Sorry man but the president isn't at all interested in what is happening in this country. Lets hope he and the ANC gets voted out and we get people governing this country who really care, and have the intelligence to do something about the crime.

  • clive.maher.3 - 2012-10-16 14:38

    Something I wrong with our government, our police cannot use maximum force when they are attacked but the attackers have carte Blanche??? Shoot these hooligans dead!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-16 14:39

    Shoot to kill

  • thendo24 - 2012-10-16 14:39

    Shoot da bustards,hw difficult is dat

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-16 14:42

    Judge Dredd: "Attempted murder of a Judge, sentence: Death." As violent as that movie is they say 17000 are committed a day in a city with a population of 800 million people. And this is supposed to be a complete dystopia. Relative to this, South Africa is even worse. I find this sad.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-16 16:23

      800 Million in one city. Hahaha. Get a reality check...

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-16 14:45

    Shoot to kill and we shall ask questions later through a commission. ANC is busy jostling for tenders instead of enacting laws curbing thuggery and hooliganism.

  • skmc01 - 2012-10-16 14:49

    That’s attempted murder..........and if he shot the culprit........would it be considered over reacting. I say shoot to kill, If you are branding a weapon with malicious intent the police should have all the right to disarm you even if it means killing you to ensure their safety and the safety of others.......however since Lonmin they are too scared to do anything in fear of reprisal from the Goverment.

  • hvanvuuren - 2012-10-16 14:49

    When I do not agree with my Boss, do I hack him? When I do not agree with the police, do I hack hack him? When I do not agree with my peers, do I hack them ? Lets call a spade a spade, The people are F!@#$ Barbarians !!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 14:49

    If proper action is not taken the SAPS may soon start refusing to do their jobs because they fear for their lives and then we'll be blaming them ... why? A stance was taken to withdraw charges from the first lot of murderers, unfortunately that decision will have dire consequences. I agree, if he is charging with any weapon in the hand, shoot to kill. Self Defense. Simple.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-10-16 16:14

      @Andrea,it is not simple as u think,in court of law,they compare a panga with a firearm to see which one is more dangerous

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-10-16 14:50

    South African politics is very funny, the very same people who were against \shoot to kill\ are now shouting \shoot to kill\. That's ironic now, no more shoot to kill. Enough with the killings, employers and employees must resolves their issues.

      Jane - 2012-10-16 15:30

      How do you resolve issues with people who carry spears and panga's? and if they dont like what you saying, they will hack you to death? You can not reason or communicate with savages!

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-10-16 15:48

      Surely shoot to kill statement was meant for these violent act. But wait a minutes all the opposition parties used it for cheap political scoring. Same thing happen in Marikana where police fought fire with fire and all the opposition parties were gunning against the government and police minister. Let the opposition parties go the to remedy the situation our police are scared to act now cause they know that they don't have 100 % support from South African public.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-16 17:01

      And let them continue killing the police and the fellow miners who disagree with them.

  • madile.moloi - 2012-10-16 14:51

    Skiet hulle weer..

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-16 14:52

    Terminate all strikers : with extreme predjudice of course......bottom line

  • shazyrat - 2012-10-16 14:54

    I know of people with a degree who do not earn close to R12 500 !

      desmond.s.leaner - 2012-10-16 16:16

      So let them apply for a job at the mine?

  • burningdogz - 2012-10-16 14:55

    "The Rustenburg Joint Strike Co-ordinating Committee said workers had assembled peacefully . . . " right, so they intended to peacefully listen to management? While wielding weapons? I assume he did not magically pull the panga from the earth when for absolutely no reason the "police in Nyala vehicles charged at them". Hmmmm . . . .

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 14:58

      Agreed, there is absolutely nothing peacefull going on in your mind if you leave home with a panga. And don't give me that horse shyte about tradition either.

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-16 14:59

    The painful thing about the law is that it protects the culprit more than the innocent victim,why don't we bring back death penalty?I also do not believe that these strike actions are for salary increament demand but some thugs are aiming to take over mines,may be I am wrong.How can u demand such ridiculous increaments and arm with danderous weapons if u serious about the salary increase?Govt must wake up.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-16 15:00

    shoot another 36 with weapons, they'll start thinking when striking

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-16 15:01

    he should be at the mortuary by now with his panga on his chest,why he was not shot dead?

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-10-16 16:04

      @Tello,we are still busy submitting statements about what happened in Marikana,so we cannot shoot at miners anmore,they must kill us to please the PUBLIC

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-10-16 15:03


  • hlengiwe.dube.7503 - 2012-10-16 15:03

    Oh my heavan. WE NEED GEN BHEKI CELE BACK in his seat. He would have sorted this out, pronto!

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-10-16 15:03

    Please strike some more!

  • tumi.matsla - 2012-10-16 15:05


      jackbongani.phala - 2012-10-16 21:04

      u are tumi anyway

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-16 15:15

    What is happening in the mining industries? People must stop demanding salary increase by killing one another and always says what happened in Marikana will also happen in other mining sectors, so many people has lost there lives because of being violent during the strike, we have a rights to strike but not to kill. Enough is enough about this mining strikes. We do understand that working conditiongs are not good but to kill innocent people in order to get what u want is highly unacceptable.

  • Carlo Johann Oerson - 2012-10-16 15:21

    As Section 49 on The Fire-Arms Control Act, the Attacker,along with his Panga, should of been at the nearest AVBOB by now!!!!!!!!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-16 15:21

    Why are we still tolerating these savages????? Just fire them all and lock them in jail if they come within 20km of the mine! Or shoot them, if they have no regard for human life then why should anyone value their life???

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-16 15:49

      They're being 'tolerated' because we have no leaders with any guts to stand up and call for an end to the madness, and then actually do something to make sure it comes to an end. They just have no idea what to do, so they do nothing. It's the African way - ignore it for long enough and it goes away - never mind at what cost.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-16 16:50

      @peter.jeffries:)they contribute to two thirds majority, so that's why they are \tolerated.

  • Kj Moyake - 2012-10-16 15:22

    if it ws smone frm mine workers nkabe ele noise,nw ke policemn no 1 mks noise.lets be fair people.benz

      merven.halo - 2012-10-16 16:04

      OK, retry in English.

  • arliena.botha - 2012-10-16 15:24

    Kill the lazy strikers.They should have no weapons at all near the mine.Samancor please fire the whole lot of them.They want to take over.

  • Abram Mashego - 2012-10-16 15:28

    y there is no noise cos is a policeman who was hacked?This is unfair as if policemen are not human beings only miners.

  • andy.andrews.359126 - 2012-10-16 15:34

    i suppose the killing of policemen with PANGAS is ok as I do not here the outcry that there was when the police tried to defend themselves in Marikana.The South African public need to support the police and law and order or else there will never be peace in this country with black and black or white with white or with black with white.

  • Andile Zide - 2012-10-16 16:00

    eish i dont know what is happening in south africa, people becoming monsters where is *Ubuntu*, lets all stand up and fight for our protectors (police) they don't deserve this, they are brothers and sisters, parents.

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-10-16 16:02

    mowe them down! this time use a 50cal mounted on a caspa van.

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-10-16 16:12

    where is that lekota who was making noise about striking miners who were shot at marikana! he was telling the world i quote: they are bread winners! what about police officers are they not bread winners?

      jeffrey.baloyi1 - 2012-10-16 16:48

      We can say what we want to, but miners are practising their rights n I hope u never went 2 underground 2c what's happening there.look 2009 at Impala 9 miners lost their lives 4 peanuts. n we are demanding what is best 4 us ur saying dis is wrong, think of earning R4000 n think my child,will my child can get better educ...,medical,clothes,toyz to play with from R4000 n nyc diet lyk yo children.guyz try 2 think

  • akshar.sookraj - 2012-10-16 17:10

    Open Wild Fire & Kill All These Fcking W@nkers This Country Is Only Good For Striking and Stealing Money!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-16 17:40

    And yet the police continue to be the perpetrators of the Marakana violence in the eyes of the unions?!?!!? Sorry, but i have no sympathy for these guys at all, they should learn to respect the police and in addition, why are they still allowed to carry wepaons?!?!

  • Krishna - 2012-10-16 17:42

    WHAT!? No protective/riot clothing!! This is the ministers fault! They are fully aware of the violent nature of the protests,and yet they send our saps offials like lambs to slaughter with NO PROTECTIVE gear! HAIBOI!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-10-16 19:10

    ANIMALS... Fight fire with fire......

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