Union shocked by miner's 'barbaric' murder

2012-02-07 21:01

Johannesburg - The body of a murdered female mineworker was found underground at Anglo Platinum's Khomanani mine on Monday, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

Amplats spokesperson Mary-Jane Molifi said it was the first incident of its kind to be reported in the company.

"It has shocked all of us," she said.

Molifi said the woman was a belt operator, but declined to release further details.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said the woman was raped, but Molifi said sexual assault had not yet been established.

Both the police and the department of mineral resources are investigating, said Molifi.

Autopsy results are expected on Friday.

Molifi said Amplats had offered counselling to traumatised employees.

"We put the safety of our employees first," she said.

The group had instituted a buddy system, so that workers look out for the safety of their team members.

Molifi said the section where the body was found had been closed for the investigation, but the rest of the mine was operating normally.

Num said it was disgusted by the incident and disappointed that women workers faced being killed by their colleagues.

"We condemn the barbaric and neanderthal act that happened," said Frans Baleni, Num's general secretary, in a statement.

The union asked women to remain calm during the investigation.

It appealed to the department of mineral resources to "reject any innuendo that seeks to bar women from working underground".

  • Chris - 2012-02-07 21:25

    Yet again, another SA woman with her own life, dreams, family, hopes and wishes for the future killed by some animal for his (their) instant gratification, with not even a thought spared that she was even so much as a human being, just an item, an inanimate object to be used and discarded. If by some chance (HIGHLY unlikely) I should ever be in charge of this country, I would hunt every last one of these animals down and string them up. Disgusting pigs, what if it was your daughter, unless of course you're raping her too....

      Chris - 2012-02-08 00:09

      I would very much like to debate this and propably many other points with the handful of people who disagreed with my comment and marked it down. I cannot wait for your argument about how this woman had it coming, working in a male dominated workforce, or how she is disallowed to wear pants as opposed to a skirt, or whatever other stone-age patriarchal s&*t you can come up with. You people are the problem, you are the root of this, and you should be ashamed of yourselves, or alternatively, if continue down this path, you should be strung up because there's no place for you in modern society.

      Peter - 2012-02-08 08:43


      mclabuschagne - 2012-02-08 13:15

      @Chris - if i could i would give you a hundred more thumbs up. I fully agree!

  • Sean - 2012-02-07 21:26

    THIS HAS BECOME A NORM IN SOUTH AFRICA ! Am I right or wrong ? Why does the union make a big fuss now , what about all the other people getting murdred every day ?? These Unions are a joke !!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-07 22:00

      They are making a fuss, because in all likelyhood this was done by a union member.

      John - 2012-02-07 22:04

      Sean, Just check "Union shocked by miner's 'barbaric' murder" do we read this? Anglo Platinum's Khomanani mine is not shocked....?!?! To all Union members i would like to point to historcal facts of Al Capone and Unions. I don't think you will be able to wiki and/or google much on this subject, but Al Capone biography books are available. You will find many answers about Unions. Just get the it yourself.

      Myvision - 2012-02-07 22:16

      The union is shocked because the murder occured at the woman's place of work and that involves the Union

  • colin.dovey - 2012-02-07 21:32

    Women should not be working underground in a SA Platinum Mine. I know the mining industry first hand, and it is far better, and safer for them to work on surface. Would YOU like YOUR daughter to work in HOT, dirty, smelly workings where the toilets are perched on top of a full view, or behind a dirty hessian screen. The men show scant respect for women, and it is an affront to a woman's dignity.....rape is a very real danger because the workings are poorly lit, smelly and dank.

      Chris - 2012-02-07 21:46

      I also do work within the mining industry, and the real danger of rape is not due to poorly lit, smelly and dank conditions, it is because of animals masquerading as humans, who have no more respect for a woman than they would have for a six-pack of beer. Unemployment is a hige problem in SA, should we now tell women, however qualified that they can't work in mines because the males employed down there might rape them? Do you understand how ludicrous this concept is? What animals exactly are we sending into those mines, is there some point whilst the elevator is going down where the law, reason, humanity and compassion does not apply anymore? Why shouldn't women be able to work in the mines? Also, I wonder what the mothers of all these sick f&*^ would have to say about their ideas of entertainment.....

      Irene - 2012-02-07 21:51

      Chris, you're quite correct. These miners are the scum of the earth.

      Chris - 2012-02-07 21:56

      @Irene. I won't go as far as to say every miner is like this, I mean I don't exactly know each and every one. However, if there is a culture of this behaviour in the mines, I fully support finding the ring-leaders who are instigating and legitimizing this culture and making them an example to the rest of the workers. I believe Zuma is very taken by the way things are run in China, especially when it comes to mining, resources / commodities, maybe take a leaf from their book and cull these animals?

      Godfrey - 2012-02-07 22:06

      @Irene, not just miners, ALL MALES (so called men) that rape females and children deserve to hang.

      Sarita - 2012-02-07 22:07

      Xavier, so we should keep women in the kitchen just because some kind of animal sees poorly lit mines as a reason to rape? Don't think so...

      Vermie - 2012-02-07 22:10

      lol xavier would you like the ladies to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen instead?

      Marion - 2012-02-07 22:20

      @Clinton... a woman can work anywhere she is capable of being productive in my opinion. However it seems you have raised valid points about why it is undesirable for women to work as miners viz because their extended absences affect productivity. Do you know if women work in mines in other countries and, if so, are they safe from predatory males in their environment?

      Sarita - 2012-02-08 01:05

      Clinton - and your point is??? Women work in mines all over North America - in the same conditions, except that she is very rerely in the company of animals who think it is their right to rape a women just because she is there... The safety measures for radiation for men and women are the same here, and it is common sense in most jobs that when a women cannot do physical labour due to pregnancy, she is accomodated elsewhere or go home...Nothing new there either.... Please don't blame NUM or anybody else for the criminal barbaric behaviour of a man or men in this case....

      Peter - 2012-02-08 08:53

      @Chris - you are angry and your points points are 100% valid, but read what Clinton has said as this is the real issue in the mining game. @Clinton You received a few 'thumbs down', but this is surely from the ill-informed, and emotional. The harsh reality is that woman in the mining industry, apart from professionals, are pretty damn lazy, and play the system. This is simply due to the manual nature of the work. I am sure there are exceptions, but from my experience in the direct mining world, I find them to be innefficient and capable of 50-60% of the male equivalent output.

      mclabuschagne - 2012-02-08 13:24

      @Sarita - plz read Xavier's comment properly. He didn't imply that women should be barefoot and pregnant. Surely there are other positions that are above ground level where they can rather be accommodated while working for the mining industry.

  • zane.zeiler - 2012-02-07 21:40

    Barbaric act indeed but strange choice of words "neanderthal act" as we know very little about Neanderthal's sociology concerning procreation, I doubt that Neanderthals raped and then dumped their kin in deeply borrowed holes and or trenches... In fact paleontology evidence suggests that Neanderthals were much more placid and less prone to violence than their Homo-sapiens counterpart...

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 21:52

    Sad very sad this.

  • Godfried - 2012-02-07 22:16

    Bring back the death penalty!

  • Jenny - 2012-02-07 23:03

    hondbyt agree with you, Neantherthals like animals protect their own, why people insist on referring to these cowards you rape and kill at whim as animals, never fails to make my blood boil. Animals only kill when they or their offspring are under threat, so please dont liken this scum to an animal, we could learn a helluva lot from animals. Humans are the problem here. Arm the brave ladies who choose mining as a career with at least the skills to defend herself, and some military strength pepper spray too. It may have been more than one scumbag! Mr Zuma, how can you sit in your tower and watch your beautiful country being destroyed by a minority who deserve to die at the hands of our justice system. Please wake up before its too goddam late!

      Allan - 2012-02-07 23:54

      What justice system???

  • Compos - 2012-02-08 05:16

    And it is probably a member of NUM as well....

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