Wounded Marikana miner commits suicide

2012-12-12 12:26

Rustenburg - A miner who was wounded during the Marikana shooting has committed suicide, the Farlam Commission heard on Wednesday.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who represents the miners who were wounded and arrested the day of the shooting, told the commission one of them had killed himself since the last hearing, in the first week of December.

The man's family believed the trauma of events surrounding the shooting on August 16 - in which 34 of his colleagues were killed - was behind the suicide, Mpofu said.

Retired judge Ian Farlam, who chairs the commission, extended condolences to the man's friends and family.

‘NUM asked for caucus’

On Wednesday, Mpofu continued his cross-examination of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa.

Mpofu said Lonmin had asked the police to help it deal with labour unrest at the mine.

Mathunjwa said that on August 15, a meeting was held between the police, Lonmin management and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

"NUM asked for caucus. We were left behind," he said.

Mthunjwa said he was later told the others had gone to the police and mine security's joint operations centre, and that he should join them.

"Surely there was some collaboration - for want of a better word - because there was no other union present that I observed," he said.

78 wounded

Many Amcu members, dressed in green T-shirts, attended the hearing on Wednesday.

The three-member commission is holding public hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The other commissioners are senior advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.

Thirty-four striking miners were shot dead and 78 were wounded when the police opened fire on them while trying to disperse a group which had gathered on a hill near the mine on August 16.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were hacked to death near the mine.

President Jacob Zuma announced in the commission in August. Zuma said it must complete its work within four months, and would have to submit its final report a month later.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-12 12:34

    Yeah I feel so sorry for the for the families of the two police officers and two security guards.

      jono.qmann - 2012-12-12 12:39

      Ja nee.....

  • thandeka.zwane.7739 - 2012-12-12 12:50

    To all post Marikana public, Don't kill yourselves but live long to revenge your ordeal by voting against the favourites-two_ Vote for IFP. politics needs politeness than HYPE vibrant triggers of mass killings_ deep in democratic era.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2012-12-12 13:00

      What has the DA done not to deserve your and others vote? Is it because in your mind its a white only party, that sounds a bit racist.

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-12 13:08

      Well- and your assuming that the reason Thandeka is advocating for IFP only because she's black is..? Maybe there are other reasons? ;-)

      thandeka.zwane.7739 - 2012-12-12 13:18

      @ Prot_ IFP unlike the two parties with huge Number of seats in Parliament but failing to lead us into our deserved destiny. ' Total change approach' on Voting needed

      prot.kpax.33 - 2012-12-12 13:35

      Jeez hold your horses, thandeka said "by voting against the favourites-two_" so I'm assuming this is the ANC and DA. I'll ask again what did the DA contribute to this situation? Magda I couldn't care less if the masses vote IFP hell they would get my vote even, anything but anc. Mzi.puzi hope my first sentence made it clear why I only mentioned DA, and cope isn't a black party idiot there is many white folk in it.

      jono.qmann - 2012-12-12 13:52

      @prot...exactly our problem...these guys cant read but they wanna use the racist card at every chance they get! even when its not a proper chance at all!!! lol en ons moet n nasie bou met die mense!!! - 2012-12-12 14:52

      doesn't mind which party you vote for, just not cANCer!!

      salee.sithwell - 2012-12-12 18:58

      Guys, leave Thandeka alone. She loves the IFP and that's her right. Don't force the DA down her throat. She doesn't like the party. Go, Thandeka! Vote as you wish...

      stella.hlophe - 2012-12-12 22:20

      Some of the language used

  • Danie Gerber - 2012-12-12 12:53

    Ag shame. Don't have any sympathy for people that commit suicide. They are selfish and they don't care about the one's they leave behind.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-12-12 13:18

    saying he committed suicide because of what happened is a bit out there. since we are all guessing , maybe he was one of those that killed the police and couldnt live with what he did

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-12 13:30

      Good point.

      Deon - 2012-12-12 13:56

      Spot on.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-12 13:21

    And this was as a result of not getting the survivors go for counselling by the mining companies. No one thought of the scars of having most of your colleagues wiped out. Shameful world we live in.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-12 14:15

      Why should Lonmin? Did they tell the strikers to storm the police with knop kierries and pangas?

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-12 13:25

    Word of if I need to warn investigators, I hope there will be a more than thorough investigation of who has been in contact with this man for the last while. Allegedly a well known method of dealing with dissidents, detractors, debtors etc. is by making it 'look like' a suicide when in fact he was murdered, Drug dealers use this method to fix people who owe them a lesson to others. Pure speculation on my behalf sure, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that this man may have been on his way forward with information regarding events pre and post the events of August 16 at Marikana, that may damage the integrity of the case that these lawyer vulyures are trying to put together. Use or lose!

  • quintinvdm - 2012-12-12 13:52

    Perhaps he shouldn't have been part of a barbaric illegal strike in the first place....

  • bernard.nienaber - 2012-12-12 14:22

    Julle Suid Afrikaners darrem.

  • Hobohopkins - 2012-12-13 10:45

    Pitty the rest of the thugs dont follow suit......

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-12-13 10:54

    As sad as any death may be...... this one smacks of convenience with regards to the prevention of a witness testifying..... I wonder how long the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this mans death took to be 'completed' Sounding like conspiracy....? I know......and I am sure many swung by this very thought as well........ However, that is the way many people in South Africa are viewing the ANC/ it's police cadre's and other state organs,......... at the moment... remanding me of the Nationalists(NATS) more and more.... who is going to be arrested during the night next....... and how long will it go on before 'joe-public' is going to wake up to the fact that their government is no more a government but a ruling party run by thugs. Tell me if I am pointing a spear in the wrong direction. I tell you there is to much wrong happening around the Marikana Massacre Coverup for anybody to believe anything that the Farlem Commission will eventually, if at all will announce, to anybody about anything for anybody to believe even if they would be telling the truth. It is a delay strategy to cool down public sentiment, miners dissatisfaction, giving the ANC/Alliance/international corporate mining syndicates time to plan how they will continue to screw over South Africans of their natural wealth. Let us see. Strategy no1. the rand will be dropped, to allow salaries/wages to be 'increased', creating the illusion for 'joe-public' to believe he is earning more.

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