SA prepares memorials for mine deaths

2012-08-22 12:46

Rustenburg - South Africa on Wednesday readied for nationwide memorials to honour the 44 people killed during an illegal strike at the Lonmin platinum mine, most of them shot by police.

Ceremonies were planned for Thursday in Marikana, where police gunned down 34 miners in a clash a week ago, said Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

"We are looking at the memorial service at Marikana... there is a decision that there should be a memorial service," said Chabane in an interview.

A memorial would also be held in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, home to many of the miners.

"We remember that most of the people come from rural areas and therefore Eastern Cape is preparing for one," said Chabane.

"Ceremonies are going to be held everywhere in the country," he added.

No mass burials were planned, as families from across South Africa picked up the bodies of their loved ones for burials at home.

One of the dead was a Lesotho national.

Flags have been flying at half-mast since Monday as the nation mourns the deaths.

"We don't want these memorial services to be politicised. We want these memorial services to be free of politics, to be free of rhetoric. Then people can focus on the mourning," said Chabane.

  • ish.mkhonto.7 - 2012-08-22 12:54

    May their soul rest in peace.

      tony.v.delucchi - 2012-08-22 13:11

      and the police and security officers killed before?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-22 13:34

      Typical backward SA mourn the crooks not the cops... PATHETIC Each one of them deserved it!

      thapelo.mokomele.1 - 2012-08-22 13:37

      @tony and leonard, it doesn't matter to whom the comment is made. The fact of the matter is people died.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-22 13:48

      Leonardb1, if you are going to start deciding whose death is important and whose isn't, I hope you never hold office.

      charlvd - 2012-08-22 14:03

      I don't understand why you think the police and security officers won't also receive honored services. Yes, this is politicized because deaths of miners hits the voters harder than deaths of the cops, but there is no reason this subtracts from honoring the dead police and servicemen.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-08-22 13:02

    We are to honour people who attack the police ?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-22 13:20

      My thoughts as well! How can you expect a memorial for people who brutally attacked the cops??? The manner in which those security guards were savagely cut while still alive and then set alight! I say f$%k that!!!

      charlvd - 2012-08-22 14:01

      We honor the dead. Yes, this was due to a riot, but this should still never have happened. Whether choices by the cops or by the rioters, this is undeserved deaths.

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-08-22 13:03

    Impala platinum mine has declare the 23 AUGUST a day of mourning .the is treated as a holiday. thanks IMPALA

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-08-22 13:30

      Anything for a holiday huh?

      Nicolaas - 2012-08-22 14:01

      @Eva, yes, anything not too work and then they want to strike for higher wages! I say, they were looking for it, attacking police why they are invisible! FFS! Why does this ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL OARTY not declare a day of mourning for those obedient, taxpaying citizens, whom was murdered, rape, mamed and killed by criminals!

  • tony.v.delucchi - 2012-08-22 13:04

    Memorial service? What about the security officers and police officers who were butchered and shot before this so called "massacre" occurred? Those miners had a choice, and no one forced them to act in an utter barbaric vulgar fashion, by purposely and with intent arming themselves with an assortment of weapons, including firearms.The governments response lacks logic and reason, while at the same time undermining the efforts of an overburdened, overwhelmed and undermanned Police force. A memorial for these criminals is one hell of a slap in the face of all civilized , tax paying South Africans and a kick to the groin to the vastly outnumbered, under appreciated Police officers burdened with the consequences of the South African governments failures to competently function in any degree of logic and reason. To the few officers fulfilling their duty, thank you!!!

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-08-22 13:05

    honor those who shot first? man this place is screwed....

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-22 13:06

    This fits in very well with the ANC culture. Make felons and criminals hero's. These people were busy with unlawful activities. Mind you, the government is also full of them!

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-22 13:06

    Why do we honour thugs who arm themselves and cry for blood against the peace keepers of SA. Are we now supporting an armed struggle. Not me, they died as they lived.

  • GavenPark - 2012-08-22 13:18

    My word, the word honour has certainly lost its meaning at the altar of political correctness. We now "honour" anarchist thugs. Especially those who would open fire on the police first! Check out AlJazeera footage on youtube.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-08-22 13:18

    I am just wondering, ILLEGAL strike, armed, hacked innocent people to death but they are treated as heroes, all over the news, in your face the whole time, international outrage. Yet, all the farm killings, kids raped, old people raped, murdered for R5, honest hardworking people living in shacks in absolute poverty, no one says a word. Memorial? Seriously...What the hell?

  • sean.murphy.165 - 2012-08-22 13:18

    This is sickening. Criminals shot during the commision of a crime should not be honored. They were attacking the police. If this sets a new precedent we may as well disband the police and just let the mobs run free.

  • werner.niksch - 2012-08-22 13:18

    are they now national hero's for holding violent protests and attacking the police with traditional weapons?what the f$#k is wrong with this country?!!if this is how we treat criminals then i dont see a very bright future for this country.....

  • lielie.smit - 2012-08-22 13:19

    I am not saying shooting people was the best course of action, but nothing was said about the 2 police officers hacked to death, the two security guards burned alive, the others that died

  • rick.kabose - 2012-08-22 13:22

    Not with my tax moneys i hope :(

      thapelo.mokomele.1 - 2012-08-22 13:27

      You are an IDIOT.

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-22 13:38

      Why is he an idiot thapelo ???

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-22 14:16

      Johnnys_Place - In thapelo's community law abiding citizens are IDIOTS. Criminals are hero's. Just another reason i put the phone down when charitys ask for help,i will not help "the majority" with anything ever again. I will help my kith and kin,to hell with the "thapelos" of this world

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-22 14:23

      Well said Rick, I'm with you on this one !!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-08-22 13:37

    FLUCK them about memorials for the 2 dead policeman and for the security staff and all the others that these turds killed.............If I could I would tear down all flags flying half mast

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-08-22 13:37

    Unbelievable ... How many farmers (including their families) are killed each year in SA? And not a d@mn thing is done about it. Now they want the country to mourn and HONOUR thugs who were shot by police officers DEFENDING THEMSELVES ...?? And it causes international outcry??

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-08-22 13:40

    "South Africa on Wednesday readied for nationwide memorials to honour the 44 people killed during an illegal strike"....wait, let me get this stright...we are having nationwide memorials to honour the illegal...? Correct me if im wrong here, we are mourning bad behaviour and illegal strikers? Hell, lets celebrate rape and murder why dont we, lets mour, get in a circle, hold hand and sing kombaya...NOT. You illegally striked, adorned weapons, and attacked police with intent to kill. I applaude the police. Let us rather have a memorial, or salute to the SAPS for the action the took to defend the law!!

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-22 13:40

    The Nation mourns...Not me, that's for sure, I will only mourn those 10 inocent people who was murdered by these scumbags...Never will I mourn any criminals..EVER!!!!

  • thapelo.mokomele.1 - 2012-08-22 13:43

    If you have no sympathy towards the dead, than why comment at all.

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-08-22 13:51

      We have sympathy for the policemen who lost their lives in the line of duty, and the colleagues and families they leave behind! We celebrate the death of lawless criminals striking illegally and firing at police with stolen weapons!

      thapelo.mokomele.1 - 2012-08-22 18:35

      Clearly 16 ppl don't understand I mean on that comment. If you saw what ppl where saying then you would get it.\r\n@eva u also don't get it.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-22 13:44

    Our hypocrisy needs salving, is what Chabane should have said. Maybe food parcels and transport is needed more that a lot of black suits trying to look as if they care.

  • ntsanen - 2012-08-22 13:44

    Honestly, you are on strike for an increase which money, what does the weapon has to do with that.

  • chris.vanderburgh.5 - 2012-08-22 14:11


  • Badger - 2012-08-22 14:13

    But No memorials for the guards that were burnt or the police that were slaughtered with panga's New evidence has come to light where you see the miner/s shooting at the police. Screw these dead idiots, seriously.

      Badger - 2012-08-22 14:18

      And the only thing I'be mourning is the Platinum Price !!!!!!!

  • chris.vanderburgh.5 - 2012-08-22 14:17

    The reason why the whole world know about the mine killings, but know nothing about the thousands of South African farm killings is because it hasnt been captured on camera! Just once again shows the power of media.

  • wikus.venter.756 - 2012-08-22 14:36

    How about memorials and half mast flags for the 4000 tortured and murdered farmers.

  • dirk.bigman - 2012-08-22 15:34

    Next week we should have a week of mourning for all murderers and rapist and also honour them with a memorial. The week thereafter we can do drug dealers, thieves and child molesters and so we carry on. Every day the society is just degrading due to incompetent leadership without balls

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