SABC reporter threatened at mine

2012-10-08 15:50

Johannesburg - A leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and an SABC journalist were insulted at the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Northam plant in Limpopo on Monday, the union said.

"The leader went to address workers at Swartklip Union mine this morning and was harassed together with a journalist from the SABC," said spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

He said the NUM regional secretary was called "hardegat".

"It has become very clear that the company promotes racism through procuring security and other services from racists and their companies and that it has no intention to empower African people."


He said the company embarked on mass dismissals a week ago and was in the process of doing the same at Swartklip when the NUM leaders sought to intervene and speak to members.

The SABC reported that journalist Dyaell Gaetswe, was threatened and subjected to racial slurs and insults at the mine. He was surrounded by nine mine security guards.

He was there to report on a meeting where the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and NUM were addressing local mineworkers, after Amplats threatened to dismiss 8 000 of them.

The officers cited restrictions on media presence and removed him from the premises.

Amplats has yet to comment on the incident.

Gaetswe reported that 1 000 striking miners had gathered at Northam, some demanding a salary of R16 700, and others R12 500 a month.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-08 15:57

    Poor journalists, it might be feeling like they are reporting on a war. Let us hope Cosatu and Num told the miners to go back to work.

  • David - 2012-10-08 16:00

    Some demand R16700 and some R12500? This unrest has never been about money. I don't think it ever was. It is being driven by some people who want to create unrest in the run-up to Mangaung in December in an effort to oust the current government.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 16:10

      Brewster, you are 100% right. I too believe there are people creating mass-hysteria (and unrest) and I think we all know who the main culprits are. Did he not promise that he will make the mines ungovernable. I just do not know where this is going to end. Somebody will have to take a very very hard line here.

  • mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 16:03

    "SABC reporter threatened at mine" I guess SABC will repeat that ahahahah ahahahah

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-10-08 16:13

    I'm still having a Monday, I am genuinely confused. Will someone please be polite to explain where the racism part comes in with regards the security guards? I'm not following ...

      husstla - 2012-10-08 16:19

      I'd like to understand that part also....

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 16:32

      Sombody handed Lesiba the wrong cue card.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-10-08 16:17

    Boo hoo....last i remember hardegat meant being wheres the racism in that....please folks lets take a bit of a calmette here!

  • waldo.strydom.9 - 2012-10-08 16:20

    Government should really step in and stop this absolute nonsense. Only in South Africa where you will get unskilled and unschooled workers getting paid more that others with degrees. If they do not want to work for the money offered remove them from the premises and employ some of the million unemployed residents in SA who want to work. If you did not like the salary offered to you when you were interviewed you should not have accepted the position.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 16:38

      Keep saying the miners must take their problems to Nkandla thats where the buck stops.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-08 16:22


  • John - 2012-10-08 16:23

    In principle alone, these guys get paid peanuts. The violence, illegal strikes, destruction of private property, demands to further increase prior agreed increases etc I don't agree with. If you want to be listened to you don't do this. If you want to be shot by police, fired etc, then sure. What these guys don't understand is that their jobs can be about 90% automated. The sad fact is, it is unskilled labour which doesn't fetch much money. If they get more and more expensive, then mines will begin to automate like the rest of the world. No absenteeism, no danger pay, no dealing with complaints etc. they're overplaying their hands and racism has nothing to do with it - black government MP's have huge interest in these mines, no longer just 'white capitalists'.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-08 16:58

      Three excellent points. Second paragraph ominously true. Last sentence - fact.

      ludlowdj - 2012-10-09 10:22

      Automation in reality remains a pipe dream until Eskom can actually do their jobs and produce enough electricity to supply the country, until then manual labor is the only option.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 17:01

    Rubbish - I don't believe this report. One can clearly see from the picture that these civilised, educated and peace loving gentlemen would never hurt a fly.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-08 19:05

    Why is there an old picture of striking miners when the article is about security guards working for minning companies closing down on a journalist ????????

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 20:37

      Low budget news forum..

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