Shot miners were attacking co-workers - police

2012-09-03 16:53

Johannesburg - Police used rubber bullets to try and disperse a group of about 200 fired mineworkers who were attacking reinstated colleagues on Monday, police said.

"We can confirm that there were four people who were taken to the hospital after they were injured," police spokesperson Captain Pinky Tsinyane told AFP.

The violence erupted after fired workers, armed with traditional sticks and iron rods, gathered on Monday at the Gold One mine where they had been fired during an illegal strike in June.

"Some of their members were reinstated...these ex-mineworkers were attacking the workers who were reinstated in the mine," said Tsinyane, who said the crowd numbered about 200 people.

The mine is the latest to be hit by clashes which is still reeling after police gunned down 34 strikers last month in another illegal strike at a platinum mine where clashes had already killed 10 people.

In a statement, Gold One International Limited said a group of fired workers from the company and another liquidated mine had arrived at 06:30 at the entrance to its Modder East operations.

"Due to the illegal blockade approximately half of the company's employees were prevented from reporting for work," it said.

"The group did not present any memorandum of demands. The group blocked all access in and out of the mine and threw stones at vehicles that were attempting to gain access to the operations."

The police had used rubber bullets to try and disperse the group, the company said.

  • yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 17:06

    South Africa. Low productivity, high wages demands and violent work force. Mr foriegn investors, you would be dumb not to invest.

      yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 17:51

      Na, you got me wrong there. First point: I don't listen to Jacaranda (yuk) Second Point: I found it highly inappropriate that you mention my pale arse, as we all know it is very difficult to tan there. Last Point: I spoke to my boss about getting an increase, was unhappy with his response and promptly set him on fire. Which was really hard work...i mean you have to get the petrol...but petrol is so you have to save up for the petrol...then pour the petrol....and light the petrol. Then the police get all up in your face….i mean whats up with that? Couldn’t they tell I was angry?

      brandon.mercer3 - 2012-09-03 17:54

      @@sibusiso.mkoko no your wrong i listen to 5fm, so your whole comment is now null and void. Funny though how you brought race into it, was it just coincedence that you listed the daily life of an ANC Cadre?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-09-03 17:57

      Dear Sibusiso, your brain is a muscle, this is the most productive muscle in the body, if you used yours you would understand what Yossarian is talking about, its harder to think that it is to shovel coal around.

      Tony - 2012-09-03 17:58

      @sibusiso - isn't that a racist remark, aren't we supposed to be above that now? Just asking!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-03 18:10

      Sibusiso is black so it cant possibly be racism

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-03 18:11

      Sorry to ask this enigma really is getting more complex where the miners attacking their co-workers before or after being shot?

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-03 18:14

      This nonsense must stop...get rid of the unions...and watch Malema NOW....he will not be seen...trying to stop this madness...he will wait and in fact encourage the miners to revolt...bloody TROUBLE MAKER. Get rid of Malema too..or S.A is finished.

      yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 18:18

      @gieljam.gomtor...i would imagine after. If my fellow mineworkers had somehow convinced me that charging armed police was a good idea...i would be pissed.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-03 18:40

      @sibusiso I don't listen to jacaranda either, but let me tell you that after 20 years of work experience I have taken less than 20 days of sick leave while your brothers and sisters felt it necessary to take their full allocation of sick leave each year, otherwise they lose out they told me. Then it's the pale asses that has to fill the gaps to make sure the job gets done. You should come work where I am, no Jakaranda here but your attitude could land you in a body bag :-)

  • customdesign - 2012-09-03 17:06

    Another international headline about these poor innocent miners who are suffering so deeply. I hope the international media will see them for what they really are, uncaring and callous hooligans. Sure strike, but don't block people from working who do not think the same way you do.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 17:12

    South Africa is about to experience a painful revolutin.quote me when it happens please.

      customdesign - 2012-09-03 17:13


      yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 17:18

      Isn't revolutin a beaty product?

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 17:31

      yes and yes it is.

      yossarian.crake - 2012-09-03 17:45

      In that case, they should probably change their Beautician (Took me like an hour to spell that word). Anyway, i feel the unions should be addressing this issue, cause clearly they have nothing better do then get their members killed.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-09-03 17:48

      Malema is a true revolutionary --he is truly REVOLTING.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 17:50

      yes they should and yes he is.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-03 18:13

      No we wont do that spelling not correct.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 18:46

      yes we will, Holdanigono corrected it.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-03 17:13

    No love for thy neighbour...I'm down you must be down mentality!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-03 17:22

    Savages! Have NO concern for others who actually care about feeding their families!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-03 17:53

      This has been the nature of the beasts for the last..ohhh 10 000 years. A few of them have seen the light and have moved on to be more civilized but they are unfortunately very rare to find

  • Michael - 2012-09-03 17:31

    Police must reclaim their authority from criminals, here is the message for all the police' dont die with your guns'

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 17:36

      they will die if they terrorise people just like police and army in lybia and syria.

      Michael - 2012-09-03 18:06

      Dnxumalo, those days of destroy property which we inherited from apartheid government in very good condition are over, killing of people by protesters will be dealt with by live ammunition. Crime durinh protest action will be no more. Watch the space.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-03 17:41

    The police should use sharp point ammunition and simply eliminate the anarchists.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-03 17:54


  • steven.m.armour - 2012-09-03 17:52

    Who in their right mind is going to invest anything in this country.I definitely wouldn't.

  • lumka.ludada - 2012-09-03 17:54

    Can we blame this on apartheid for giving them bad education? #hides#

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-09-03 18:05

      Still better than than the 'education' they currently receive.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-03 17:57

    Hire one hire all, fire one fire all. Let Julius run the mines. Be good for a laugh.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-09-03 18:00


      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-09-03 18:26

      @Steven trash,you mean the racist thinking?Oh yes i know you and your kind did that a lot during apartheid but not now you prick.

      Tony - 2012-09-03 18:38

      @ Tankiso - not only a true racist but a smart-mouth as well!?

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-03 20:24

      @Tankiso....calm down...why so make trash talking to easily....unnecessary...let's think before we offend...that goes for everyone.

  • - 2012-09-03 18:00

    Where are the so-called concerned people? Oh wait it's not headlines for you guys or prominent enough YET for you guys to go on a PR excercise

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-03 18:03

    It is all very well to criticise the miners for their violence and illegal behaviour. But let us consider the big picture. Our ruling party, the ANC, used violence in its fight for freedom. They were ultimately successful. So the message to miners is quite clear. They probably have only one source of income, so if that is taken away from them, they have nothing. Such desperation can do scary things to people. The ANC made some wonderful promises to the poor when they gained power and many of those promises remain unfulfilled two decades later. The poor are now realising that they are like cattle being herded for votes, and their lives may well not improve. Then there are influential people and organisations like Malema, Vavi, Cosatu and its affiliates that send the people mixed messages. They say \vote ANC\. They they say, strike against the ANC. They also call for nationalisation and call mine owners thieves, who are exploiting the poor. These poor chaps are pawns in everyone else's political and economic games. It was only a matter of time before the frustration vented itself. Somehow, when the rich and famous get arrested for crimes, they never spend time in jail, they plea-bargain their way out and make a mockery of our judiciary. So the frustrated judiciary takes out its frustration on the poor, who have no means to defend themselves. My sympathies to the miners. Let's hope that government and mines can find a solution, or we will have bloodshed from the poor majority in this country. There is no more dangerous individual than one who has no hope and is part of a mob.

  • - 2012-09-03 18:09

    When violence happens to the innocent, there is now a weird way in the country of believing that the violent ones are justified in what they are doing. Those attacking others got their due reward. Now the disturbing thing is that whenever this violence manifests itself, the greenflies and vultures of the 'revolution' descent on the scene for a political feast, fanning flames of more violence and lawlessness. JM is one of them.

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