Marikana guard’s tongue cut off

2012-11-06 15:46

Rustenburg - Striking mine workers hacked and burnt two security guards to death, cutting off the tongue of one of them with pangas after stealing their firearms.

The Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana shootings on 16 August has heard chilling evidence and seen spine-chilling photographs of a security guard’s badly mutilated body, and another of his colleague, burnt beyond recognition.

The guards, Frans Mabelane and Hassan Fundi, were among the 44 victims of the violent Lonmin strike, which is currently being probed by the commission.

Fundi’s widow, Aisha, collapsed into the arms of a relative and sobbed when the graphic images were displayed on projectors in the auditorium.

The photographs are part of evidence being led by Colonel Victor Visser of the SAPS, which is one of the parties being probed by the commission.

Visser said the two security guards were killed while attempting to stop a crowd of 3 000 miners from marching to the offices of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Sunday, 12 August.

There were only four security guards trying to stop a crowd of 3 000 miners, who had in the previous two days been involved in violent confrontations.

Visser said the guards had fired rubber bullets at the crowd, but Mabelane and Fundi were isolated and killed, while their two colleagues ran away.

He said later that day, a group of 200 men were seen undergoing a ritual at a koppie in Wonderkop.

The men were seen in aerial photographs taken by police, gathered in a circle at the bottom of the koppie.
Visser’s testimony continues.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-06 14:40

    Maybe the tongue was used in the muti and that why they did it. Cannot think that people can be so cruel to each other. I will be to afraid to work with any of them. But one on one they are cowards and are only brave when they are in a crowd.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-06 17:12

      Pure savages!!!!!!! And still everyone tries and grinds the police for shooting a few!! Wondering how long it will take for someone to call me a racist, but the police should have shot WAY more!!!

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-11-06 17:57

      ^I agree with you Patricia....and on this very moment, I lost the last piece of sympathy I had towards the miners...I was mad at the police at first, but after looking at this whole thing, Im not mad anymore, just saddened at what the miners did, and then seeing them play victim? Worthless....

      ron.rielander - 2012-11-06 18:35


      art5SA - 2012-11-06 21:11

      Ama-Zing how many times the word "SAVAGE" has the comments... I WONDER WHY?????

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-06 15:50

    taking the saying ''dead tell no tales'' a notch ahead.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-11-06 15:54

    "Visser said the guards had fired rubber bullets at the crowd, but Mabelane and Fundi were isolated and killed, while their two colleagues ran away." Therefore a deadly force was required, case closed, move on, stop wasting our money...!?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 15:56

    And they wonder why the Police were trigger happy?

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-11-06 16:05

      Yip, Im glad Im not a cop, can you just imagine how scary it must be facing a mob who are prepared to do ANYTHING they like to you..?

      jess.wags.5 - 2012-11-06 17:06

      Make my day...

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-06 18:14

      Do you feel lucky....Punk.

  • sikho.ntshengulana - 2012-11-06 15:56

    Our country is degrading into anarchy...we NEED strong leadership!!

  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-11-06 16:04

    Ohhhh my poor Brothers (Security Guys)died while doing their poorly paid JOBS May their soul Rest in Peace n Those wu Killed them if they R still alive Or wu ever took the tongue will one day run in the streets of Retrenchment looking for the owner of the TONGUE

  • erns.kleynhans.3 - 2012-11-06 16:05

    Just goes to show what kind of people we are dealing with. Do YOU want someone like that in your employ? WTF!

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-06 16:07

    It still shocks me that these miners are being treated as the victims! Victim mentality in SA is rampant! Everyone is a bloody victim; ag shame, man-up, grow some balls and pull your own weight! PS. Lock them up, throw away the keys and forget about them.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-11-06 16:16

      I am also shocked that these savagers are being treated like victims yet they are the ones that provoked the police. These miners got what they deserved. Just stop with this pathetic enquiry, charge the miners and the unions of murder and destruction of property.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-06 16:10

    They started it & the cops finished it...end of!

  • obed.p.motau - 2012-11-06 16:12

    I have never had of the cruel death of the poor gurds till i read this article, im wandering were is justice for the deseased

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-06 16:14

    Come on Bizos, spin that one

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-06 16:16

    Now tell me this is not the actions of BARBARIANS!!!!

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-06 16:17

    Very brutal and babaric

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-11-06 16:20

    What I wanna know is why it has taken so long for these security guards to only be mentioned now. Them and the two police should've being in the opening of the enquiries. These miners are being treated like victims and its pathetic. They provoked the whole thing and the got what they deserved.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-06 16:35

      Thats the way "justice" rolls in this country!!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-06 16:21

    that's why I dont feel sorry for the 34 dead miners on that day, they got what they deserved.pity was only 34 should have been more!!!!

  • Cherri - 2012-11-06 16:23

    Poor miners, my ass! I feel nothing for the savages, pity the police didn't blow the lot of them to kingdom come.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-06 16:34

    and we should feel SORRY for these savages?? WHY WERE NO ARRESTS MADE ONCE AGAIN!!!!

  • neilza - 2012-11-06 16:35

    and they complaining the way the cops opened fire on them. the miners acted like barbarians and expect to get away with it

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-11-06 16:36

    Damn savages. Wish I had the honour to shoot these barbarians.

  • basil.jacobs1 - 2012-11-06 16:42

    Animals!!!! No sorry, apologies to animals. I shows what basic instincts are below surface. The police were right, fight fire with fire.

      thammy.nkosi - 2012-11-06 17:11

      the police should have killed more lezinja lezi

  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-06 16:48

    Shame, i thought the striking wirkers were poor innocent souls murdered by the police? Bizos? No sensetional claims from you around this?

  • brian.ocinneide.7 - 2012-11-06 16:49

    21 first century South Africa,

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-06 16:55

    Bizos you rubbish A..hole what is your next move to save those rubbish after the evidence???

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-06 16:58

    Exterminate these striking miner vermin and any lawyer types that defend them with extreme predjudice.......bottom line.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-06 17:00

    The particularly heinous act of mutilating the body and cutting the tongue out is the hallmark of terrorism (the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.) The incidents with perlemoen poachers burning police vehicles and vineyards being set alight in the Cape are no different and are indicative that this is only a preamble to countrywide insurrection. The Q.... Zuma or Mathlante is dividing the ANC even more and will result in the ANC losing maningi voters come election therefore follows that 'our' economic freedom fighters' are in fact nothing more than terrorists trying to wrest power away from a very old guard !

      Jaap - 2012-11-06 18:37

      Mantlekilo, I agree 100% with your comment. As I recall Malema made a public statement to the fact that he would make the mines ungovernable. Maybe the time has come for him to answer!

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-11-06 17:05

    I say shoot these bastards if they gonna kill innocent people y should we feel sorry for them

  • maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-11-06 17:18

    Cannot believe this all is in South Africa. How disgusting. Our government just do not care.

  • martin.venter.948 - 2012-11-06 17:18

    Just heard on the news Lonmin have to face the music for essentially not giving in to the demands of the workers and causing the violence to flare ! I thought this was an illegal, unprotected strike, without the support of the representative unions. I am now totally confused, eishhhhhh.

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-06 17:26

    This was boyond human nature, these folkes were monsters, police should have killed all those miners with a bomb from helicopter.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-11-06 17:37

    then people still ask why the police just start shooting when confronted by these wild masses

  • nathanplove - 2012-11-06 17:39

    Ugly and barbaric…. How do you justify this? This is the type of lawless individuals that walks our streets. Seems like the law is there for the law abiding. Democracy, we still have a long way to go!

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-06 18:52

      And run the country!

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-06 17:41

    We must not forget, if we allow such desturbed people to remain in our employ, we share the blame. We have a moral obligation to rid our workplace of people with no value for human life. Lonmin, you can not let this happen again. Stop them now and send the names.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-06 17:49

    I have always maintained that the shooting of the mob approaching them with weapons in hand, by police was justified. That same mob are the ones who committed this awful butchery of these security guards and 8 others prior to the 'massacre' by police. The only issue I have is that the cops did not receive an order to shoot, were very ill-disciplined whilst shooting and in fact their shooting began as a result of panic by one cop, followed by their ill-disciplined colleagues. That is the only issue which needs to be addressed.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-06 18:14

    Bloody neanderthals!

  • maluxionn - 2012-11-06 18:21

    It is very sad and scary for someone to be killed like that.I have always maintained that the police were rite to shoot on those bastards.Well in any comflict situation where there is a thin line that differentiate life en death there is bound to be hiccups.The police were emotional of what happened to their colleaques and might tragressed some rules but that doesn't make those miners holly,they got what they deserved.cutting someone`s tongue is inhuman en it deseves some inhuman action,period

  • alaina.erasmus - 2012-11-06 18:55

    It's about time they started focussing on the REAL victims of this whole mess.

  • Omnivore - 2012-11-06 18:59

    Well after seeing the photos of the panga victims I understand if the police were angry or frightened... Monsters are dangerous.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-06 19:04

    About time the focus was on the real victims of marikana ....not the hooligans and barbarian mine strikers ,who deserved what they got.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-11-06 19:06

    Thank you my brother Dali to represent all your peacefully serial killer.Here comes the really truth of the peacefully serial killers

  • Blipsie - 2012-11-06 19:28

    before the miners were shot other journalists had made public the murder as well as the photo of the poor security gaurd. They chopped his jaw in half. The policeman was hacked to death. Another man was murdered in a ritualistic murder with a skull on his chest. They can be lucky they didn't strike in some other African country. They would've blown up by the army and the survivors would be hanged without trial or by the public.

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-11-06 20:44

    during their arrest,this donkeys complain about assault during their arrest while they burnt someone nd killing others brutal way coz are the sons of Mpofu nd uncle Bizos

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-06 21:43

    Disgraceful but once again, suppose all will be blamed on apartheid, what has SA stooped too, it is disgusting to think that these people are to be treated as human beings,

  • Scaramouche - 2012-11-06 22:23

    Did the police plant those pangas?

  • johan.nell.5811 - 2012-11-07 10:03

    What happened to all the loyl sympethisers of the pooor murdering miners, why no comments today peeps,cat got your toungs or one of your miner friends......I dare you to claim the brutal murder and mutelation is justiyed and in line with uor dearly beloved Constitution granting every one the right to live ect ect ect.....

  • ralph.klopper - 2012-11-08 16:14

    They are no better than criminals, so why don't we force our criminals to work in the mines. Their salary goes to community enrichment (so they can pay back society). Once their sentence is up they'll have learned a valuable skill that will hopefully prevent them from returning to crime.

  • moniqueve - 2012-11-08 22:42

    is this what Zuma means with solving African problems the African way?????? just wondering!!!!

  • moniqueve - 2012-11-08 22:45

    is this what zuma was talking about Africans solving their problems the African Way????????

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