Wives join striking Lonmin workers

2012-08-16 13:02

Rustenburg - A group of women armed with knobkerries moved toward a hill on Wednesday where some striking miners had gathered near Lonmin's Marikana mine in North West.

The women, who claimed to be wives of the workers, settled about 500m from the hill in the area, where 10 people had been killed in violent protests since last Friday.

"We have joined our husbands in their bid to earn a living wage. We cannot take this thing anymore," Maria Nku said.

She said her husband earned R4 000 a month, and that this was not enough to cover their living expenses.

"We are joining them in their fight; we are the ones who suffer at home because of the peanuts that our husbands earn."

On top of the hill the group of men stood up and sang liberation songs.
Police were keeping watch.

  • jason.simpson.714655 - 2012-08-16 13:21

    Shut down the mine.

      ana.curcic - 2012-08-16 13:45

      No Jason....Fire the lot and emply people who will want to work as I am sure that there are plenty out there.

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-16 13:47

      Any idea how much money the country loses every hour a mine does not produce? I'm wondering why cANCer hasn't intervened yet as.....oh ja, they just get the money back by raising taxes. Silly me.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-16 13:50

      Send them back to the Eastern Cape and let the ANC pay them R12500pm.

      Active - 2012-08-16 14:17

      Days like these one wish stupidity was painful.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-16 13:33

    It seems this is headed one way....before an inevitable bloodbath..Shut down the mine and get some sensible people in the uniouns to diffuse this situation !

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-16 13:48

      There are sensible people in the unions?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-08-16 13:37

    Do we now change the name from a workers's strike to a family gathering or family outing?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-16 13:38

    This was never about wage disputes. This was never about working conditions. What an embarrassment for South Africa. Really, sometimes I wonder if people in this country are their own worst enemies...

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-16 13:38

    This threat must be matched! Bring the army and make an example!

      Robert - 2012-08-16 14:51

      Lol...OUR Army !

  • Robert - 2012-08-16 13:40

    Heart warming to read this. These lovely women supporting their husbands in this manner. Knobkerries, pangas.....Talk about keeping it in the family. Wont be long before the kids join in......The family that strikes together, stays together !

      hosia.modiga - 2012-08-16 15:37

      Hahaha you said it Rob!!!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-16 13:43

    Getting out of hand now! :(

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-16 13:44

    Great!! Flippen GREAT!! Protest action this past week: 1. Marikana 2. Nelspruit 3. Free State 4. TUT - Pretoria 5. Cape Town Did I miss some place? One thing these protests have in common is "WE DEMAND"!! We as law-abiding, honest citizens also DEMAND.... 1. An end to corruption 2. An end to murders 3. An end to rapes 4. An end to self enriching politicians 5. An end to cadre employment But do you see us burn, loot and kill in the streets!!??

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-08-16 14:10

      ... problem solving, African style

  • - 2012-08-16 13:46

    Its very rare that miners have wives close to the mines. These are probably their unemployed girlfriends and concubines. These women are shebeen hardened and will have to be treated with caution. Like mushrooms, all the ones in yellow are probably poisonous!

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-16 13:47

    Okay sure I just looked at the one big-ish pic, WOW those are really attractive women/wives in the pic hey? If the wives look like that then I dont want to see the husbands.

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-16 13:52

      "We are joining them in their fight; we are the ones who suffer at home because of the peanuts that our husbands earn." Peanuts are edible, what is the problem?? Find a better paying job if you are unhappy!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-16 13:49

    These workers should be occupying their greedy management's office and not be in the mountain. They should channel their anger at them and not each other. Furthermore I have long said that there is a leadership vacuum of those who were supposed to be the 'vangaurds of the working class'. Because they are busy drinking cheap read wine with their masters and driving their borrowed sedans. This is a space that as the ANCYL should filling.Some of us are not afraid to mobilise the workers to form branches in their workplace to represent their genuine interests. This is long overdue!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-08-16 14:08

      ok... just a question are you also sitting on the hill? if not why not?

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-16 14:36

      Phumi and onve they have occupied the offices- what then? As have been proven on the East Rand - wholesale asset stripping where only a few will get money and the mine will never be able to operate again

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-08-16 13:53

    U cannot striker if you don't have a job. First you get the job and then you strike okeee!!

  • elizadorcas.deu - 2012-08-16 14:09

    Black man you are on your own, Plus no education, keep fighting. Children must join you after school.It s only you who does hard labour mos.

  • thabelo.ramabannda - 2012-08-16 14:10

    war at syria and Libya started lyk this.

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-16 14:33

      Thabelo and can you honestly say any of those countries are better off because of the war? All their infrastructure is now damaged beyond repair and the people will suffer- is that the better life they were looking for?

  • Henry - 2012-08-16 14:13

    By the look of things, that's not a strike anymore, that's now a turf war. Regrettably, that's black on black violence. Some sense has to be put into those people's minds. Some peace measures have to be taken, for God's sake, we can't go on like that. Before people's lives are depleted, That has to be tackled and stopped urgently.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-16 19:27

      Right, Henry. Everyone must first lay down weapons.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-16 14:16

    I wish my wife and I received R4000 per month. We are pensioners!

  • karabo.mokowe - 2012-08-16 14:18

    If they encourage their husband then wat abt poorkids,comitments e.g bonds and cars pls people start been more proffesional tommorow you'll be sufferrin the result of this when unemployed and must stop killin each that's so stupid protestin about money and kill at the same time!

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-16 14:34

      Karabo= a voice of reason

      makgabojane.masehela - 2012-08-16 15:20

      Is it the same freedom that Our heroes fought for, if that's the case then am afraid cause we are going nowhere but all the way knocking to Zimbabwe. You can't solve a problem with war many people have already paid with their lives. Lets make this country a better place not just for us but also for our lovely kids and also to the next generation. What happened to the soft hands of mothers, if they can carry weapons then i don't know but ashamed to be called a women.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-16 14:25

    This has now escalated beyond control

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-16 14:26

    Africans doing what they do best, struggling to come to terms with the real world and how it all works. Truly a nation lost in time.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-16 15:35

      Wait till they figure you Mozambique are going to take away a lot of their jobs.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-16 14:27

    he who finds a wife finds a good thing...he who finds a striking wife finds a ............?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-16 15:34


  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-16 14:40

    but the strike is not about wages its two unions fighting each other ,the police should only be spectators in this one let them kill one another just keep them away from private property and take out your cell phones and video cameras and tape away

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-16 14:40

    Beauty fades, Dumb is forever

  • Alfjoe - 2012-08-16 14:54

    I wonder where will they get the R4000 if the mine decides to cease operations?

  • Kaykay - 2012-08-16 14:58

    Most white people spend about R4000 on gas (petrol) per month on their cars, yet they are the first ones to come here and say "shoot them, fire them, etc" How much are you (white people earning per month)? Maybe I should ask what is the minimum wage of a white person working in a mine in South Africa? How many white people know how to hold a shovel underground and shovel rocks to come and tell us people are demanding unrealistic salaries and must be sacked if they strike. I am not tolerating violence at all because it is someones brother and father who are getting killed. It is someones bread winner (off R4000) that get killed in this violence and it should not be!

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 15:24

      No I am not mad. You probably need to get in touch with reality out there. Do a fact finding and see if you will come back to ask the same question. Oh! You should also read the very first word in my comment above and check what it means!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-16 15:24

      @Kaykay: We actually have a lift club! "R4000 on petrol" and "most whites people" are you serious? What the hell do you smoke? Oh and I can show you whites who work for less. I can also show you how much some of your brothers spend on themselves and parties all with complements of our dumb-ass taxpayers.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 15:31

      We may debate but cursing or vulgar language shows you may not have menors. You have a lift club, that means you do not belong to the "most" am referring to. There are white people earning less, Yes they do not belong to the "MOST" am talking about. Show me a white person, working for a mine and earning R4000 per month. This is across the board including in the mines owned by Motsepe. For some reason we never hear of strikes at his mines yet the minors in there are not paid great either.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 15:38

      @Koos I probably smoke my socks! Having a corrupt government (ANC so to say) does not mean minors are to be paid less and UNIONS have to take advantage of vulnerable people conniving with the mine owners. By the way UNIONS are close to COSATU which is itself close to ANC whom you referring to by those who splash taxpayers money. Did I say mine owners are close to the unions!? Of course YES! and the whole chain get completed. Only the vulnerable out there are left and all they can do because they do not know is to kill each other and yet do not get what they think they are fighting for.

      nerasmus1 - 2012-08-16 16:03

      @Kaykay: My husband started working for Anglo Plat 5 years ago as a sweeper (that's the shovel job you refer to). He brought home a basic of R1800 a month. No medical aid, no pension, nada. Today, he has obtained several licenses and has worked himself up to a point where he gets a basic significantly higher than the peanuts he started with. It's not hundreds of thousands and we have to draw the belt closer to just get by too. But he never had to result to this kinda barbarism to get to where he is. Oh, and before you say \he got to where he is because he is white\...a black friend of ours started working at the same time as my husband at the same place earning the same R1800 per month. He furthered himself by getting his blasting certificate and now earns three times the salary my husband does. Again, he didn't go dancing on a hill top or relied on his skin colour to get there, he worked for it. So, you see, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the system except for them treating it's people like spoiled children who once threw a tantrum and saw that it got them what they wanted and now they wouldn't stop. I also say fire the lot of them. There is a lot of people out there willing, no begging, to do a job for R4000 a month.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 16:34

      @nerasmus1 You have a story to narrate, and it make sense, I commend them for working their way through than using their skin color like I do! You probably should have asked your husband how hard it is (if he knows) to shovel underground on your knees. Not sweeping the floor as he did. Ask your darkie bra how is it to shovel all the rocks and stones after he "blasted" them. And ask them if they think the shovelers deserve earning R4000. @Lee Williams Not yet there if ever I will (smoke tik). SO far I bet I smoke my own socks bra. You know those socks that I wear with my boots when digging for the platinum underground! Yep!

      nerasmus1 - 2012-08-16 18:34

      @Kaykay: ROFL. \Sweeping\ is the term used for digging away blasted rocks and dirt with a shovel, you idiot. You obviously have no idea what's going on in the mining industry thus have nothing concrete to bring to this debate except for your pathetic \R4000 petrol argument\. I suggest doing your homework next time...\Bra\

      nerasmus1 - 2012-08-16 18:49

      Oh, and the workers don't dig for platinum like prospectors in movies. It's a process where solid rocks containing several kinds of minerals are transported to a plant and processed to extract platinum, chrome and in some instances even gold. The traces of these minerals are in fact so small that out of a load of about a ton of rocks they would be lucky to produce a gram of pure platinum. Maybe you should kick the habit of smoking socks. It screws with your vivid imagination.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-08-17 07:40

      @ Kaykay Actually that's the amount they give to their teenagers as pocket money 4000 rand.

  • lee.theron.9 - 2012-08-16 15:02

    How come those wives can stay at home and depend on salary from the husband alone and I have to work otherwise we too as a family don't come out. Oh..........I get it, they fighting for the husband's salary so that they can still stay home and not help towards their living expenses which they cannot come out on.

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 15:07

      @ lee.theron.9 Can you please help us (employ our wives): 1. She is black 2. Come from rural area speak English with African accent, 4. has an honours degree in humanities (from Bantu education high schooling) and HBU University 5. 35 yrs of age and completed her degree 10 years ago 6 All of the above has been acting against her geting a job and maybe you can help in this regard, Thus I would not complain about my wages because she would be helping!

      neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-16 15:53

      What the hell is a Degree in Humanities??? What possible real world application can it have? Think man, think - I know it hurts sometimes but try it so every often

      Robert - 2012-08-16 15:58

      How many kids does each wife have kaykay ?

      Kaykay - 2012-08-16 16:01

      @Neville If you go back to read what I wrote about her, and understand where we (the minors) come from, you will get where am getting at. You have no idea how highly she was regarded for doing the degree in the village where going to a University was something unheard of. And all we knew was someone must do a degree. Yes it hurts, and who do not know that humanities is close to Useless degree? We all (now) know that! Now all I can do (as I also do not have a better degree) is to work and make ends meet, maybe if I were to earn little higher than R4000, we would try that she does something else to get out of the humanities degree don't you think? PS: the union leaders must stop fighting using us.

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-08-16 15:35

    You must join your hubands and start your own business thats when you can decide how much you earn other, than that people called directors and shareholderds will decide unfortunately

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-16 16:58

    These men work for a month to earn what some of you earn in a day.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-16 21:05

      Half a day Harold. Please don't insult me.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-16 21:10

    "the wives are saffarieng" at home because of the fact that they are at home. Go out and work, grow vegetables, make clothes, build houses, anything. Don't sit and SAFFAR at home and expect your husband's employer to pay for your uselessness.

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