Shivambu joins Lonmin protesters

2012-08-20 14:24

Garankuwa - Former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu joined women protesters outside the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, north of Pretoria, on Monday.

A group of police officers, equipped with shields and batons, formed a barricade outside the court entrance.

Shivambu sang and danced with the women. Other women also joined the group, demanding the release of their husbands, brothers and fathers.

Earlier, police officers approached the crowd of around 100 women and instructed them to leave the court building.

The protest came ahead of the first appearance of the 259 protesters arrested at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West province.

The miners were arrested on Thursday last week following a bloody confrontation with police.
A total of 34 people were killed in the shootout that erupted near the mine when police tried to disperse protesters. More than 78 people were wounded.

The mine workers are expected to appear in court around noon, facing charges of public violence.

One woman who was part of the group, Nombulelo Jali, 37, wept hysterically. She said police did not know what happened to her husband Themba Khalo Jali, 40, who she said was arrested on Thursday.

"I have come all the way from Harding in KwaZulu-Natal, but we can't find him. We have frantically searched everywhere and we can't locate him. Police took him," she said.

The mother of three said her husband was the family's breadwinner.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-08-20 14:35

    I say shoot police shoot!!

      pieter.venter.33 - 2012-08-20 15:22

      Please don't call the police when armed robbers are standing in your house and want to cause harm to your family !!!!

      sibiyaam - 2012-08-20 15:44

      another idiot with computer... RSA needs true healing, for the fields must be burned in order to yield good grazing grass, maybe we need a civil war in order to yield respect, tolerance, negotiating in good faith and less hatred, greed, injustice and inequalities whats your take?...

      mofstok - 2012-08-20 15:50

      Yup, let's have a civil war that destroys everything! That is the best idea I have heard all day! That will breed true tolerance for sure, all those dead bodies and broken buildings.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 16:53

      Next please shoot the youth league kthanks

  • Cameron - 2012-08-20 14:37

    These guys are like anarchist youth. Anything that goes against the system they will join in on! shivambu and malema need to be shipped off to some lonesome island!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-20 15:15

      Oh please, that would be awesome!!

      joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-20 15:58

      @Watkyky These comrades have a sense of decency still left within them. It can never be ok for the government to kill the electorate to protect the shares of a few elite, the likes of Ramaphosa. This is why when these comrades deliver speeches people gather in their numbers because the can see that they are on the side of the people

      Cameron - 2012-08-20 16:09

      LOL @ Dubula @Joseph. I can see why you would think that mate, but all i see is them getting some publicity personally.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-20 14:44

    It is now the time that the authorities stand up and take a stand against unruly mobs who murder other and get away with it because because they were in a group and did not who actually committed the murders. The authorities must not back down against their (criminals) numbers and sentence and punish them. The mobs cannot get away with it every time!

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-20 14:44

    demand demand!

      mofstok - 2012-08-20 15:10

      Easy: you realise your demands are unrealistic. Shivambu and Malema are politcal sluts: they wrap themselves around anything and anyone who get's them airtime. It's called being an attention-whore.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 15:12

      mofstok - correct.

      yrhonour.honour - 2012-08-20 15:22

      @DubulaAmanzi - Why "Shoot the Water" ? or am i missing something Demand demand demand - A quick History Lesson! 2nd World War - The Germans were flattened and Japan were flattened - the latter with an atomic bomb - you know what that does right? - probably not - anyway today they are SUPER POWERS AGAIN and South Africa since 1994 looks like it has had an atomic bomb dropped on it - The only reason is it's because it's being goverened by leaders who are more destructive than the ATOM BOMB! I demand - yes sure - yawn

  • zwelethu.sabasaba - 2012-08-20 14:45

    I knew floyd was a girl and nobody believed me!!!

      jako.merwe - 2012-08-20 14:51


      thembisile.jiyane - 2012-08-20 15:27

      lollest kwaaaa

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-20 14:45

    Its amazing what certain people will do just to be in the limelight. Only in South Africa is it tolerated,when people protest the arrest of criminals! Floyd should hang his head in shame!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-20 14:49

      Should hang his head in a tightly knotted rope and advise Malema to do the same thing.

      PB - 2012-08-20 14:52

      Strange that teflon winnie hasn't arrived there yet - she of the limelight-addiction.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-20 15:22

      Floyd and Malema are not working but they have money to be allover the place. I wish one of the ladies will put a brick in her handbag and hitt him over the head.

  • - 2012-08-20 14:54

    How painful for these miners and their families. Num and Amcu used them as pawns in a deadly high-stakes game. Now the nameless political party of Malema et al and some ANC people are trying to use them again. The sooner they see the broader game plans the better for survivors and their children.

      lownabester - 2012-08-20 15:26

      So true, they are like vulgars, waiting for prey, Where were they when these people needed help? In London. And why give them any coverage!!! This is beyond me.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 14:57

    This was bound to happen eventually, somewhere, sometime, it had to happen. To me the root cause runs far deeper than one mine where labour relations went wrong. To me, our whole approach on human rights has put us in a very dangerous place, and I believe at some point the parameters will have to be redefined. For example, the carrying of any weapon at any strike / protest should not be anyone's 'right'. Consider the outcome of this tragedy if the strikers were not armed. So once again, our liberal / human rights approach might be wonderful to brag about, but it comes at a terrible cost. There are many more examples, but there is one to think about.

  • ntsunyane.frederick - 2012-08-20 14:58

    Any person who watched the video footage should know that the police had no option but protect themselves.even shivambu could have given order to shoot.Shivambus must stop scoring cheap political points.

      mofstok - 2012-08-20 15:22

      Can I buy you a tinfoil hat phumi, since you love conspiracy theories so much. Any person with a brain can see what happened.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 16:57

      Mofstok what the hell are you on about. The guys is saying exactly that. what happened

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-20 15:05

    Eish, the vultures are quick on this one to score some points. Talk about no heart...

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 15:14

      Makes you wanna puke. Disgusting and so obvious.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-08-20 15:11

    At least Julius and Floyd had the guts to turn up and face the workers, not like our presidential cadres who hid in the mines conference centre and addressed the media. This thing with the mines has been going on for far to long. Remember talk is cheap untill it's one of you relatives.

      lownabester - 2012-08-20 15:29

      Please Ingrid, they are there to score points and more violance, 2 clowns that should be banned from all forms of public view.

      Msika - 2012-08-20 15:42

      Do you think they would have done so before the shootings? Me don't think so.

  • yrhonour.honour - 2012-08-20 15:23

    Juju should have been there too - The queen he is!

  • patrick.jentile - 2012-08-20 15:28

    Poor Guy, what is doing there? he is looking for publicity in the wrong place.

  • fran.aphane - 2012-08-20 15:33

    Scoring cheap political points?

      mofstok - 2012-08-20 15:38

      Yup. Very cheap ones too at that. Is nothing beneath these two?

  • mikembengo - 2012-08-20 15:33


  • sibusiso.zonke - 2012-08-20 15:33

    Thatha Cde Floyd Thatha!!! Asijiki..

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 16:58

      he can shove that in his arse

  • handy.andy.773 - 2012-08-20 15:43


  • Amanda - 2012-08-20 15:45

    @ pumi unfortunately for you we have seen the live coverage of the events so Im afraid your rantings on this site do not wash. We would rather have the Police maintain law and order in this Country rather than disintegrate into an ancyl self styled anarchy. And yes, I support the Minister of Police on this one. She has to be commended on her stance.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-20 15:45

    Andries Tatane was executed point blank by a mob of police for speaking truth to power and we were told there was a commission of inquiry on the way. To this day the cops are using every trick on the book to cover their backs and the Tatane family are yet to see justice! Our Gods are punishing us for voting Zuma into power! Like the boeres and colonialist before him we will not be dettered or give in the dominitation of protecting the interests of the wealth elites in particular and white in general! - 2012-08-20 15:56

      Racist much? The thing you dont realise, and probably won't until its too late, its not about skin colour. Its about money! Always has been always will be. And make no mistake, when JuJu and his girl Flo get into power, they won't remeber, or care, that you were the one that helped them get there. Prepare yourself to be disappointed.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 16:54

      phumi - you don't even have to make any comment, because true to form we will know which way you go. You will side with anything that is unlawful, destructive, revolutionary, racist (against whites)etc. Basically you will always lean towards anything that is non-constructive, even against all logic and common sense. Since we all know this before you even write one word, why bother commenting? We get the point - anything good, you're anti. Anything bad and destructive, you're all for it.

  • donovan.dunn.77 - 2012-08-20 15:52

    Shoot him with an automatic paintball gun..a lot.

  • tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-08-20 15:55

    Where does he do for a living by the way?

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-20 15:58

    amanda we know you miss it dearly that police should be brought back to our streets and ask people for pass and special but it can not happen in a democratic country dear.why..because the people who had masterminded that sort of cruelty will never live again.Its over just live with it ok.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-20 16:06

      Your comment is quite pathetic. Why do you think anyone wants that back? Move on, we're all way over that hill long ago. Catch up please.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-20 17:01

      Yes you are stooopid. NO where does Amanda mention anything about passes

  • sonja.erdmann - 2012-08-20 15:59

    Maybe breadwinners should think about what they doing before going off and protesting so violently!

  • Amanda - 2012-08-20 16:15

    @dnx you have chosen to forget that it is your own ruling party that is now trying to maintain law and order so please dont come talking nonsense about pass books etc. You are a sick joke.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-20 17:52

    Shivambu is the master of Freedom of Speech.Why was he not given a microphone at Lonmin? He can't do without the F-word like eddie Murphy.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-20 18:37

    Hey guys! This is a good opportunity for us. The danger is over and we can drink a lot of beer. We can promise these guys a lot of things. And if the media arrives, I can practice my F words.

  • menelisi.mnyandu - 2012-08-20 19:11


  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-08-20 19:23

    shivambu join the women protest what about the one for man last weak or is he amofie

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