SAHRC probing naked miners' claims

2012-11-06 10:16

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission is investigating reports that photographs of non-striking mineworkers who had been stripped naked were being circulated on social media, according to a report on Tuesday.

"As the commission, we will be taking up this matter," SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena told SAfm.

"We have mandated our Limpopo office to take up the matter at the mine and we basically call on the police to investigate this because this is clearly a criminal act."

The New Age reported on Monday that strikers forced four workers at the Amandelbult mine to strip naked, to punish them for reporting for work.

A photograph in the newspaper showed three men over the age of 50, and a woman in her 30s, standing naked in front of a crowd of striking workers.

Mangena said the SAHRC would work with the Commission for Gender Equality to "look at what can be done to protect the rights of women and men whose pictures have been circulating [on] social media".

The New Age reported on Tuesday that social networking site Facebook's administrators removed the pictures on Monday afternoon.

Anglo American Platinum miners are currently on an unprotected strike at its Union and Amandelbult mines in Limpopo.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-06 10:35

    The police should also get involved as this is intimidation and indecent assault. Make a plan with these illegal strikers (but don't kill them).

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-06 10:37

    Poor miners.....

  • shaun.mossop.3 - 2012-11-06 10:55

    @msizi.luthuli.14, What ever your smoking sharing is caring just pass it to the left and side :D, but right at night!

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-11-06 11:06

    this is chaos,no amount of punishment or compensation will restore those 3 people's dignities,their children??it is sad

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-06 11:08

    Why are we so sorry for these miners they are just plain bullies and criminals!!!

  • Andrea - 2012-11-06 11:40

    So circulating these images is a greater crime than forcing the loyal employees to strip down, punish them for reporting for duty, chase them around and take snapshots? Some priorities need straightening here.

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-06 15:35

    "Because this is clearly a criminal act" the man from the SAHRC said. What seems to be less clear is that partaking in an illegal strike is also a criminal act, hence the word "illegal". Participation in illegal activities is "criminal", period! Some things are clearly "more criminal" than others. Mostly criminals are re-instated. Get rid of them now, it is your duty!

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