Premier calls for end to mine clashes

2012-08-14 13:15

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise called for an end to violent clashes at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Tuesday.

"We call for [the] cessation of hostilities and for a return to the negotiation table," she said in a statement.

Modise sent her condolences to the families of the nine people killed since violence erupted at the mine on Friday. They include two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men.

"Survival of the fittest, anarchy and lawlessness shouldn't characterise wage negotiations in the mining sector," she said.

Modise hoped additional police deployed to monitor the area would bring the situation under control.

Cope condemns violence

The violence has been linked to clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which are reportedly fighting for control of the local mines.

Congress of the People labour spokesperson Papi Kganare appealed to the unions and Lonmin to amicably resolve the dispute.

"Cope strongly condemns the use of violence by a section of certain mine workers to prevent others from exercising their democratic right to demonstrate peacefully..."

He described the killings at the mine as "selfish and barbaric" and encouraged the police to find the perpetrators.

Kganare urged the unions "to adhere to and uphold democracy and freedom of association and other freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic".

‘Tense but stable’ situation

He said Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant needed to intervene. "Her silence on this issue is deafening."

Lonmin has also called for an end to the violence, which started on Friday following an illegal work stoppage and protest march by about 3 000 Lonmin rock drill operators.

Captain Dennis Adriao said by mid-morning there had not been any violence, and the atmosphere remained "tense but stable".

No one had been arrested for the murders, but police investigations were continuing.

Earlier, Adriao said a police officer injured during clashes on Monday remained in a critical condition in hospital.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 13:20

    Nice one! Sit in your cosy office and holler for the end of hostilities. It is you, the anc, that have brought this upon the people. I know, why don't you take a drive their and confront this mob face to face.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 15:11

      And blame apartheid and verwoerd while at it. And you are right kala. Unfortunately "sitting in her office and hollering for the end of hostilities" can only be seen as cheap politics. Why not drive out there and walk between the people making a stand for peace? If during the previous regime people were prepared to do such radical things for freedom, what are the same ones prepared to do for peace?

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-14 13:21

    Thank you. Now please call for an end to farm attacks. Mines are important but we cant eat coal.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-14 13:25

    Well thank goodness she finally said it....& we all lived happily ever after.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-14 13:39

    GREAT!! Now let us all call on one another and everything is gonna be ok! Wonder why the premier looks so worried in the photo? I think her airtime is finished, now she cannot call anyone!! All the fat cats are calling and pleading and asking and then......of to another party or back into their mansions!! All in a days work!!

  • John Moriri - 2012-08-14 14:12

    Yeah right

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-14 14:28

    Is news 24 awaiting to sensor my comments?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 15:40

      Yes the small minded little moderator trolls are at it again. Obviously racist, so when they read something that hits a personal nerve ...... Hey morons - do you understand the role of moderator?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 18:58

      @BCPP No they do not. Deleted a comment of mine this morning, so that a lot of the following were totally out of context. And just because I said there reporters cannot report or handle a camera. LOL

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-14 14:47

    Why does people have to first die, then they think of a plan of action? helloooooooooooooo, we are been ruled by what a day care principle or HOD?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-14 15:07

      Sharp girl

      Willie - 2012-08-14 15:08

      We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 15:26

      @ makenawn. Bloody Hell, you're right. I never though of it like that. Why if a little pizza outlet can do it can't the mighty SAPS machine? Makes you think.

  • cecilhstephens - 2012-08-14 15:39

    The ANC have saddled the Tiger now they must ride it, the DEATH PENALTY isthe only way to stop this carnage

  • Sello PilaPila Mabebo - 2012-08-16 13:01

    I want to remind our Pr Thandi Modise, dz companies pays us peanuts in mining Industry u must intervne more...

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