Violent protests at mine - worker killed

2012-02-16 22:47

Johannesburg - Rioters trying to shut down production at a platinum mine have killed one person, police said Thursday.

The miner's body was found Thursday morning at the Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine, police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said.

Authorities believe the man was killed while attempting to go to work amid violent protests by thousands of miners who were recently laid off after their strike for higher pay was declared illegal.

Ngubane said the victim had been beaten, stabbed and stripped of his clothes.

Police are calling in reinforcements after a day of violence and looting that ended with more than 100 arrests. Two police officers were hurt, one seriously.

More trouble is feared on Friday, Ngubane said, calling on mining management and unions to resolve the dispute.

"We can police all we want. We can provide up to 1 000 police," Ngubane said.

But "policing alone is not going to solve the problem."

  • Irene - 2012-02-16 23:18

    Time to use live ammo on these thugs. I have to arrange my own transport to work, so what's so special about you lot?

      Max - 2012-02-17 05:28

      Yes I agree, but the bigger question is, why are these protest not shown on TV any more? Have the protest become so endemic that the ANC wants to hide it from the general public?

  • Juan - 2012-02-17 00:17


      Janice - 2012-02-17 06:58

      Barbaric inhuman SAVAGES!!!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-18 18:22

      I applaud Impala's management for their stance. Workers should appreciate the fact that at least they have a job. Actions have consequences and they (the strikers) should have realized that having a roof over their heads was one of the perks of their job. At last we are able to see a company with b$%%lls. Just hope they dont give in. Do a Magereth Thatcher on them and let this be a lesson to all strikers. Even "legal" strikers should be challenged. Chaos for a few weeks, no budging and we will have industrial peace long into the future. Workers will start appreciating their priveledge to work and the "gimme, gimme, gimme more" will stop. Once again, congrats to Impala management. Dont budge!

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-17 01:13

    Intimidation is like pissing on someone's Human Rights - and our Constitution. Killing someone for having a work ethic is beyond all bounds of reason. If SA retains this culture of striking, burning, killing - we are no better than the worst Country in Africa, or the World. Wake up! China is laughing behind our backs, and waiting for us to self-destruct.

  • Ananias Ndlovu - 2012-02-17 01:48

    If this problem is not resolved soon - more people will die.

      Vusi Mhlongo - 2012-02-17 07:38

      I think this civil movement called Jubilee South Africa should intervene in this regards in solving this ''CATASTROPHE''

  • kevin.rack - 2012-02-17 03:22

    Sue the Union. They called the strike, they must pay. They need to take responsibility for their actions. Some family has lost a parent and a bread winner. Why should our streets be trashed or workers attacked when there is a strike?? Cowards!!! Used like unions until I realised they actually dont care about the working man but more about politics and greed. Its time for sepration of government and unions for both members and for workers themselves.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-17 06:28

    A new law must be brought in. If there is violence during a strike, then the strike is immediately declared illegal, and everyone striking thereafter can be fired on the spot. As much as strikers have a right to strike I have as much of a right NOT to strike. This mob mentality must stop now.

  • Barry - 2012-02-17 07:00

    Unforunately this is Africa and culture will never change, I want, I want, I must have, is always solved by maiming and killing.

  • Dwerg - 2012-02-17 07:19

    That is truly sad. The honest loyal worker minds his own business, goes to work as he's expected, doesn't want any trouble and gets this. Sobering, to say the least

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-17 08:06

    There should be a system where unions can get dismissed for a time period, from a branch, mine-shaft, depot of a company or government section when property get damage, some-one gets injured or killed. No activity must be allowed and no participation in go-slow or strike action permitted in that period.

  • Silver - 2012-02-17 08:26

    A man wanting to work gets killed because he wants to work? Only in Africa.

  • Silver - 2012-02-17 08:27

    A man wanting to work gets killed because he wants to work? Only in Africa.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-17 10:09

    It seems workers in this country only want to sing, dance and throw stones..oh, and kill people for wanting to work.

  • nkosimsizi - 2012-02-19 01:00

    Why the mine don't give people what they want,because they get too much profit from the minerals.If you can know whats going on underground you will feel a shame to the mine worker. I was there before.

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