Striking miner dragged under armoured car

2012-09-20 09:43

Rustenburg - Police have killed two more people in a crackdown on striking miners, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and a strike leader said on Thursday.

Police said on Wednesday they fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at Amplats mines near Rustenburg belonging to Anglo American Platinum, the world's largest platinum producer.

Amplats strike leader Evans Ramokga told AP that a miner was run over by a police armoured car and dragged several metres before it stopped. He said the man died overnight in the hospital.

Police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said he was unaware of the incident but added the armoured cars weigh several tons.

Woman out shopping when struck by bullet

Cosatu condemned the brutality of police who have been harshly criticised for the August 16 shootings of 112 striking miners that left 34 dead at Lonmin platinum mine.

The trade union federation said ANC councillor Paulina Masuhlo was shopping on Saturday near the Never Die Tavern in Wonderkop where Lonmin miners.

Police began firing from a speeding armoured car and hit several women.

Masuhlo was hit in the abdomen and leg and rushed to the hospital, where she died on Wednesday, Cosatu said.

Police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said he was investigating the report of a death. He said police had reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that several people were hit by rubber bullets in a raid to disarm strikers on Saturday, the day after the government ordered a crackdown.

The directorate already has opened 34 murder and 78 attempted murder charges against police.

But no action has been taken against any of the officers involved. The government has said it is awaiting the outcome of a judicial commission of inquiry that is supposed to report to the president in January.

47 dead

Cosatu called for "the immediate identification and suspension of the police officers involved in [Masuhlo's] murder".

"We are also extremely unhappy that, to date, none of the police officers involved in the massacre on 16 August 2012 has been identified or suspended - this is totally unacceptable and unlawful," Cosatu said.

The deaths at the two mines, both northwest of Johannesburg, bring the toll to 47 dead in violent strikes rooted in union rivalry.

Lonmin on Tuesday resolved its five-week strike by agreeing to pay raises of up to 22%.

Union leaders warned that sets a precedent for other miners to join demands for better wages.

The strike already has spread to several gold, platinum and chrome mines, damaging investor confidence in the country that produces 75% of world platinum and is the No 4 chrome producer and in the top 10 of gold producers.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-20 09:49

    Zuma brigade on an onslaught against his own! The African Union should after finding Joseph Koni, come after this dictator!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-20 09:53

      First things first...mugabe etc.

      jason.children - 2012-09-20 09:53

      Its simple................Behave.........just behave.....then there will be no shootings beatings and general mayhem. Just F'ing behave!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-20 10:00

      Agreed Jason. If the guy hadn't been under there trying to steal the exhaust, we wouldn't be reading this this morning.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-09-20 10:12

      Sounds to me like an accident.. they do happen, you know.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-20 10:28

      No Phumi, the ANC cadres on an onslaught. - 2012-09-20 10:28

      Jason, how was the woman not behaving? Police can't just go around shooting randomly. F* no!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-09-20 10:29

      I guess his now going back underground...but 6 feet this time.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-20 11:00

      tshepo, were you there? These "victims" often spin a different tale to what actually happens, you know they were innocently caught up in the MIDDLE of a protest...

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-09-20 11:01

      What makes Zuma a dictator? He was elected and will serve his term. Don't like him, vote him out. If he disagrees to leave, then he is a dictator. Throwing words around when you don't understand them makes you sound ignorant. - 2012-09-20 11:39

      "...Police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said he was unaware of the incident..." Im sure the driver of the armoured vehicle was equally unaware thereof... Damn sangoma gave this idiot a potion to ward off armoured vehicles, pity he killed a rabbit the day before so the warranty on the muti is null and void, once again.... - 2012-09-20 11:42

      Live by sword die by the sword - these striking thugs have caused so many innocent deaths and instability in SA, NOW YOU CALLING FOR RESPECTING THEM??. The woman that got shot still needs to be investigate, could also have been a stray bullet from a miner's gun (as we've seen on previous videos) Like Jason said, BEHAVE LIKE CIVILIZED HUMANS and you will not have to fear the might of the law, easy equation!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-20 13:28

      Judging by the dislikes it seems I am not good at "dead people jokes" like Charles Dumbwin and RPhiri. Or maybe is because I just picked on a wrong race for my joke.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-20 09:53

    A father is gone leaving a family behind.I wonder if that gives a solution to crime.

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-09-20 10:08

      Yes, what a prime example to the rest of the family !! Realy somebody to look up to !!

      Hamrammr - 2012-09-20 11:12

      @Lebeau, the people that were killed were hired to do relief work. They were involved in logistics chartering goods. Last time I checked the dictionary mercenaries were people killing others in exchange for payment...

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-20 11:24

      Hamrammr exactly my point..if the police keep on killing heads of families we end up with more and more children who can do just about anything to survive including killing for money for food and drugs to smoke and forget about their troubles.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-20 12:10

      kimard I am not suprised by your lack of brain.That is what your parents taught you just keep to your old tricks.Kimarse.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-20 09:57

    Hmmm whats going on in our SA?

      jason.children - 2012-09-20 10:00

      I will tell you whats going on in your SA, its being run badly!

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-20 20:34

      Jason, I think you have 4 dislikes (not that I gave you one) so far, purely based on the fact that you implied it's actually being run at all. It's not being run BADLY -- rather, it's NOT being run!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-20 10:03

    Why must the poklice be suspended? They did their job. What about the miners that hacked their own and the two police officers to death? Cosatu needs to sht up, there are two sides to every coin.

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-09-20 10:17

    And those who killed 2 police man and 11 others are running aounr free and no one is askeing for them to eb "suspended" or "arrested". Only the police are at fault, ne??

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-20 10:20

    The consequences of disobedience!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-20 10:20

    The consequences of disobedience!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-20 10:27

    And they complained about the apartheid security police!

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-20 10:32

    Malema said it about the Dictator leadership and they said he was talking twaak.....this is sad state...

  • nic.cumming.3 - 2012-09-20 10:49

    Why is COSATU not squealing about "the immediate identification and arrest" of the murderious thugs who killed 2 policemen, that poor shop steward on the hill, the innocent security guards that where burnt to death in their car? hypocrites of the worst kind.

      PERCYMN - 2012-09-20 11:11

      Does that gives rights to the police to kill?

  • - 2012-09-20 11:02

    Me thinks the ANC councilor was murdered for politics. An enquiry will tell the truth. Should have been a hit. Cosatu is wrong to judge prematurely.RIP.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-20 11:12

    Great blame the police coz a bunch of animals cant behave them self.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-20 11:14

    If you want to go Komrad then you must bear the consequences. If you go looking for trouble don't complain when you find it.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-20 12:11

    and what about the 10 people who died before the 34 - first investigate those and then 2nd 34+. seems like everyone forgot about those 10, and no we never forgot about them. so cosatu stop your foot foot nonsense

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-20 15:21

    They have not been suspended because they did what they were told to do! Down with this bastard child that calls itself a government...

  • justin.holland.50596 - 2012-09-20 16:57

    I wonder what would happen if all the minerals mined at all South African mines were given to South Africans?

  • braamc - 2012-09-20 19:57

    Illegal activities usually have fatal outcomes.

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