Zuma arrives in Marikana

2012-08-22 13:33

Rustenburg - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Marikana to address striking mine workers.

Zuma arrived in a convoy of armoured police vehicles which were booed by crowds gathered on an open field near where 34 mineworkers were killed by police last week.

The crowd of about 1 000 demanded that scores of police vehicles in the area move away before they would listen to Zuma.

The president was flanked by ministers appointed to the task team and North West Premier Thandi Modise.

Order was restored after police moved out of sight.

Yesterday, a miner told ministers: “We had faith in our government ... but President Jacob Zuma never even came to us, to hear how we are surviving bullets.”

  • greg.botha.75 - 2012-08-22 13:39

    This should be interesting...guess he's going to grovel and beg like the last one...pitiful government!!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-22 13:47

      And he accuses the DA of cheap politics?! Bloody backwards!

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-08-22 13:54

      We had faith inh our ministers!!! FFS they still dont learn that the ministers fell zilch for them. And then still demand the police vanish. Still demanding after all thats happened.

      Willie - 2012-08-22 14:15

      Pressure from the cabinet,too late Mr Pres.You should have stayed in the country afer10 people were killed.Instead you decided to do globe trotting

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-08-22 13:47

    He is going to have to pull one card or another to deflect blame.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-22 13:52

      Because it is the DA and Apartheids fault! We know the story already! Go home Zoomer!

      phillip.vercueil - 2012-08-22 14:17

      He will use his SPEAR to deflect the blame!

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-08-22 13:49

    I hope the strikers attack zuma and his side kicks, now that the police have been moved away. That would be great, and we can blame it on aparteid.

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-08-22 13:49

    this is really funny will he have gone there had malema not been at that place

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-22 13:50

    this should be interesting. I wonder what he's going to say to them after ignoring them in his first visit and also because Julius has already spoken to them.

  • Msika - 2012-08-22 13:51

    Why now? It's a bit too late now Mr President.

  • aj.vanderlinde - 2012-08-22 13:51

    Perhaps it is time for our President to say that this is the last straw and that no violent protests will be tolerated in the future. Someone needs to put an end to all this violence. Out with the power greedy unions that instigate uprising. Perhaps Margaret Thatcher should pay this government a visit.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-22 14:12

      I agree, he should ask them to throw theire weapons away. Maybe they will listen for a change.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-22 13:55

    There goes another day wasted on the president reading nonsense. I hope he will be able to look them in their eyes and speak out.

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-08-22 13:57

    ANC losing votes faster than a rat through an aquaduct..... Helen Zille must be smiling right now, so am I :)

      lownabester - 2012-08-22 14:11

      If only the DA were in charge there, this would not have happened, Long live the DA!!!!

      rofras.rassie - 2012-08-22 15:56

      keep on dreaming, I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR A WHITE PERSON!!!! NEVER!!!

  • charles.szente - 2012-08-22 14:01

    It would be good to see strong moral leadership and not just pandering to a crowd. South Africa deserves better than that. Let’s talk about working together, getting to the truth - sure. Let’s acknowledge that people have died - both Police doing their job and who need to be respected in doing it, as well striking workers; in a mass of people like that I am sure many were caught in the cross fire. Regardless the resultant situation has had negative impact not just for them, but on their families and our country. At the same time let's hold people accountable for their actions. Call a spade a spade , and what is right is right and wrong is wrong. Yes, we can and should show empathy for everyone’s situation, but can do so without condoning specific bad behavior.

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-08-22 14:03

    This is the sad thing about SA. Take any other 'western' democracy. If something like this happens, it reflects on the ruling party. Come elections and voters choose to vote for another party. The president and the party are viewed as one. In SA, the majority can't (or do not want to) imagine that the ruling party is to blame, it must be the president's (or an individual's), not the party's fault.

  • gerhardus.windpomp - 2012-08-22 14:04

    Task teams and enquiry teams rule the country. Not zoomer.

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-08-22 14:04

    Ja move move far away frm zuma is useless move move don't listen to him even his cowards

  • Andries Nienaber - 2012-08-22 14:08

    funny how the miners think they were shot at for no reason they are quick to point the fingers but the police had to defend them self's. And now they blame apartheid for their own stupid actions

  • Witty Dot - 2012-08-22 14:09

    where do we see SA in 4-yrs to come, is SA a safe place to leave in ? our police turned to be monsters. we saw last night on 3rd Degree what police does. we saw what police did to out father, friends and family in Marikane. so Sad, shame on you. and what does Government saying ?

  • lownabester - 2012-08-22 14:09

    Zuma, watch your back, Malema is standing right behind you with a panga.

  • veldt66 - 2012-08-22 14:12

    The miners are slowly seizing the upper ground & Zuma & company they hve realised Malema was the exploiting the opening"""but I can tell you this will not be the end of the story, it's possible that other low paid workers might join the fray & demand the 12k. Are we looking at the Arab style situation??? Time will tell, but I think we might be heading there. Remember these people represent the angry poor majority & this might hve been the trigger. In Tunisia it started with the poor vegetable seller being arrested & the angry masses joined in.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-22 14:40

    Well the Miner who told them that they trust the government but not Zuma is making the same mistake from the start... Yes... trust the government, because they have supplied with everything you've asked for... IDIOT!!!

  • Wouter - 2012-08-22 14:41

    Ah. The Spear got wind that there is 44 widows in the area....

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-08-22 14:49

    Order was restored after police moved out of sight. People cannot trust Police anymore, in the absence of police Zuma was still Safe and able to address the masses, in the absence of police Malema addressed the mass, in the presence of the police 34 people killed scores injured, i witnessed many peaceful marches in the absence of Police, but few in the presence of the police. incompetency, lawless. law of jungle does not fit in the good governance

      stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-22 14:54

      Awesome!! that's the truth brother!

  • mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-22 15:54

    F@$@$%@%@%@%^@%&^k where are my comments.NEWS24 S@$%@%$ks.

  • cynthia.botha3 - 2012-08-23 09:41

    People on the ground are complaining about Amaberete within the SAPS. They are trained to deal with high crime situations such as ATM robbers ect, but yet they're are beating and terriors people at the shebbens in the townships ect, So my question is in Cape town, people are terrified over the gangster, Why not send those special force Amaberete into those areas so that they can take control over the situation, that which the SAP can't deal with it. Cynthia Botha

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