Striking mineworker shot dead in Rustenburg

2012-10-05 10:09

Johannesburg - A mineworker at the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in Rustenburg has been found dead on a hill at the Nkaneng informal settlement in Photsaneng, North West.

"Our comrade was shot dead, he was shot last night [Thursday]. His body is still there [at the hill], where he was shot," Gaddhafi Mdoda, one of the workers' leaders, said on Friday.

He said the police fired teargas and rubber bullets at workers who had gathered on the hill near the informal settlement.

"They first gathered at the Bleskop hostel and were ordered to leave. They went to the informal settlement. They were also ordered to disperse and they went to the hill to continue with their meeting."

Here the police ordered them to disperse, counted to 10, and fired teargas and rubber bullets, he said.

The North West police could not immediately confirm the death. Captain Amanda Funani said they would release a statement once they had all the details.

Meanwhile, striking workers barricaded roads linking Rustenburg to Marikana with rocks and burning tyres.

The workers went on a "wildcat" strike without following labour law procedures on September 12, demanding a R16 000 monthly salary and allowances.

Since then, shops and cars have been burnt. On Monday, six cars driving past the mine's shafts were burnt and two shops looted and burnt.

One of the shops belonged to a Pakistani man, and was situated next to the mine's Jabula hostel, in Sondela.

Despites threats of dismissals if they did not return to work, the workers remained defiant.

Mdoda said they were going to meet at the Bleskop Stadium.

"All workers are going to Bleskop," he said.

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-05 10:15

    Fun and games coming soon to a mine near you....

      maree.cassie - 2012-10-05 11:53

      These idiots should all be fired!!!!

  • quintinvdm - 2012-10-05 10:17

    As jy nie ore het nie... dan moet jy maar voel!

  • xolani.penuel1 - 2012-10-05 10:25

    Zuma must step down pple are dying thats too much...............................................

      Cameron - 2012-10-05 12:45

      How is this Zumas fault?

      Cameron - 2012-10-05 12:55

      The people are too childish to listen to anyone. He cant force anyone to work. Its the Unions who need to take responsibility!

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-05 10:30

    Its now coming manefestation what was called "bad precedent" in the Lonmin settlement. we are going to experience many of these strikes because miners now can see it possible to get what you want when you demand huge amounts through illegal means.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-05 10:40

    Please mine management PLEASE just fire the whole lot and be done with it, then they can all go home crying

      victoria.kennedy.3532 - 2012-10-05 11:08

      Agreed! Why the mining companies are being held ransom by these lawless, lazy people is beyond me. Besides damaging our economy they damage property of innocent civilians. Personally I think all shall be held on criminal charges for destroying private and public property. There are NEVER any consequence for actions and that's why these hooligans will continue to run amok!

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-05 10:45

    They refer to their peers as "comrades" and not people, which just shows you of how despensable the mineworkers are...

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-05 10:56

    If they threaten the lives of honest workers, they must die, the world dont need leaches.

  • jack.schnitzer.1 - 2012-10-05 10:59

    These miners are taking chances.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-05 11:00

    And they must count to 10?...

  • tiaan.cornelissen - 2012-10-05 11:03


      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-05 11:05

      Welkom by die droom van die liberalis

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-05 11:05

    M sick and tired of these strikes, our government is failing bigtime, hey u government!!!, have a solution now!!! These miners begged for the job when they ere jobless, now they are fighting their employers what the hell

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-05 13:56

      @Khathu: yes they were begging for jobs, but that does not give employers the right to underpay their employees or undermine their rights by denying them what they must lawfully receive!

  • glen.clark.37669 - 2012-10-05 11:15

    Lonmin, you have a lot to answer for!! Anyone could see that this was going to happen! If one strike succeeds then others will follow!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-05 11:19

    Please educate our people on how to resolve issues. Enough of this killings.This innocent life could have been the police or his own comrades.In South Africa the norm is to blame everyone else but oneself, irrespective.That is the key ingredient to self destruction.Condolences to the assinated's family.Those responsible are barberic.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-05 11:27

      The workers Leader is Gaddafi !!!!! I think you have your Assasination mixed up .(or assinated per your attempt).

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-05 11:26

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, so one of his own comrades shot him? I say shoot them all and allow the unemployed work and two problems are resolved. If those miners know that there is a shoot to kill order they will leave. Im so sick of this now... No more playing nice and letting this barbaric style of behaviour continue. Just fire them all, or shoot them. If the strikers/ criminals know their fate they less likely to take you on. In the end these strikes are illegal and they have all signed contracts with their employer stating that if an illegal strike incurrs its immediate dissmissal. This is an illegal strike making these people criminals. They are in breach of their signed contract and legally need to abide by it even in a court of law. This is what one calls refusal to work or Insubordination. Its time to take control!

      bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-05 12:09

      These are thugs,let the law takes its course

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-05 11:29

    It's like they dont understand AT ALL...they clearly didnt see what happened @ marikana.But hey,i guess stupid people never learn.

  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-05 11:50

    It looks like if the minimum pay for workers will be close to R15000 in the near future. SA is now in trouble! This in a country with a very high unemployment rate? Eina!

  • WvdWesthuizen - 2012-10-05 11:55

    Somebody was shot during an **ILLEGAL** strike? What a surprise.

  • Kalari - 2012-10-05 12:02

    If you do not want to get shot stay away from the bloody koppies. Will they never learn.

  • sifisobrian.mncube - 2012-10-05 12:17

    @ Jenny someone might have lost a father, husband or a braedwinner out there

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-05 12:22

      should have been you

      sifisobrian.mncube - 2012-10-05 13:00

      @ Andrew do u hate me dat much

      Jaap - 2012-10-05 13:09

      Mncube, yes it is in fact tragic and death can or should not be applauded. But if you are a father, husband and breadwinner you should be at work to full-fill the responsibility that goes with it, not with the crowd that break and burn.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-05 12:39

    Some pple nevr learn for sure! Y one only anyway.shoot e thugs!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-05 12:41

    This is what happens in a headless no brains government that don't understand civilization.

      william.mangole - 2012-10-12 10:23

      y dont u go along and say it (blacks) u r speaking like an idiot no sorry u r an idiot. u want us to play the game your way 'the whites way' every country faces its challenges like britain,US and so on AND IF U DONT LIKE IT MAMA WE JUST GOT HERE AND WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE FOR A LONG TIME BUT U ARE WELCOME TO LEAVE ANYTIME' THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA NOT LONDON OR EUROPE LIKE ANYTHING IN LIFE THIS WILL PASS

  • mfana.sobukwe - 2012-10-05 13:48

    it worees mee dat da whyte ppl are so queek to be hapy abt da bradas dyeing. i think its time we take ovr dis contry. da whytes can go beck to da US. It has been 2 long now.

      dick.oliemans - 2012-10-05 13:52

      spelling not your strongest point I see

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-05 14:02

      ....and how is that going to help us???? JUST DO AWAY WITH RACIAL LABELLINGS MAN!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-05 15:00

      He can't bongile, he is the worst kind of racist.

      dick.oliemans - 2012-10-05 15:42

      So Mfana, I see you graduated from Limpopo University and can't get a proper sentence out of your pen, plus you are a thoroughbred racist as well (even worse than the spelling mistakes..) I rest my case

      rhulani.baloyi.545 - 2012-10-05 21:28

      some ppl worry about useless things... so long as u understand wat I'm saying... f#ck my spelling fact b4 u correct my English grammar or spelling, go learn my language - tsonga, only then will u qualify to talk to me abt grammar and spelling .... so long as you know wat I meant that all I want ...

  • motsepe.rolly - 2012-10-05 13:59

    Why not give them whats thy want to prevent all of this,- ka ngwaga ole wa kgololosego ne gotwe yo nna tekatekanyo till now,so this ppl ba lapile now is the time,we must fight to win this is not the end of the wrld,is the ryt of ppl

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-05 14:59

      Really good idea rolly, you have obviously been to business school right ?.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-05 14:04

    Gvt playing Russian roulette with ppls lives.

  • phillip.phogole - 2012-10-05 14:05

    Zuma is using state rsources to kill the miners by instructing his homeboy Nathi Mthethwa to shoot the unarmed Miners

  • josie.brits - 2012-10-05 14:24

    best of all is, that a third of these miners are not even South African....!!!

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-05 15:24


  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-05 17:35

    why only him shot dead?i think if during strike u carry things like firearm or deadly weapon,sniper will take u out and u will the only one dead,why others not shot at?

  • william.mangole - 2012-10-12 08:32

    i am an anglo platinum worker at dishaba Amandelbult am not on strike what we do is clock and stay in a place that is safe and our mangers are forcing us to go underground inspide of all this violent tendencies on the minestowards people who r working, they giv us an ultimatum yesterday that we should iether go underground or join the strike even if it will andanger the well bieng of oir familys as this people who are striking are our neighbuors and our(peoplenot striking) kids are playing with their kids

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