Don't incite violence, ministers urge

2012-09-05 22:28

Johannesburg - Those inciting violence must realise the gravity of their actions, an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) dealing with the aftermath of the Marikana shooting said on Wednesday.

"These statements provoke emotions of people and do not assist the country in the process of healing after a national tragedy, where 44 people lost their lives," the IMC said in a statement.

"The committee wishes to condemn... statements that incite violence and cause unwarranted instability in our country."

On August 16, police fired on a group of protesting workers from Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, killing 34 and wounding 78. Another 10 people were killed earlier that week, including two policemen and two security guards.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, who is on the committee appointed by President Jacob Zuma, said leaders needed to be responsible when making statements.

"Government has a responsibility to maintain law and order and therefore will not tolerate any irresponsible and unwarranted provocation from any quarters of our society," he said.

The IMC said since it had started its work the situation in Marikana was stabilising and negotiations were taking place to resolve the labour dispute.

Although every citizen had a right to protest, as guaranteed by the Constitution, people should refrain from carrying dangerous weapons during protests, it said.

"The carrying of dangerous weapons in circumstances which have the potential to result in violence does not assist in any way to advance the cause of those who are protesting and adherence to the law is paramount in this regard" Chabane said.

Earlier on Wednesday strikers at the Lonmin mine, carrying knobkerries, sticks, and iron rods, pushed their way through police barricades as they marched more than five kilometres to the Karee mine.

The miners wanted their salaries increased to R12 500 a month, and for Lonmin to close its K3 shaft, where most of the mine's operations took place.

The protesters planned to gather again in a field opposite the mine of Wednesday night.

The IMC said it was concerned about the strikes that were starting at other mines.

Mineworkers at Gold Fields' KDC gold mine on the West Rand, and at Gold One's Modder East mine near Springs, went on strike this week.

The IMC said: "Through the department of labour and mineral resources, dialogue will continue to assist in resolving the issues. In this regard, the committee calls for constructive leadership which will lead to an amicable solution to the current impasse."

  • bjanks - 2012-09-06 00:13

    This is the start of the revolution of the ANC Mandate to nationalize mines. They want to put the mining companies in the spotlight as being bad so when they take over or run the mines into the ground nobody will question there intentions. Revolution se moer mandate se moer they just need to keep the blind voting ANC until there is nothing left and its to late!

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-06 00:14

    The shocking levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality lie at the heart of the increasingly violent protests we are seeing in both workplaces and communities,\ Vavi said in a speech prepared for delivery in the Eastern Cape All you and the rest of your FAT-CAT comrades can do is talk big , you speak a lod of B...S@it and at the same time line your own pockets !! Maybe you should yourselves , why is SA in such a bad condition , FFS ???

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-06 00:34

    And Zuma the spear calling for his machine gun during last elections, freaking ANC balls-up want to now play the holy-cow drinking it's own milk, while they beee...d with LONMIN making their elitist cronies shareholders, paid for by stolen tax payers money well guess what.. the violence is here... Now sort it out!

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-06 07:41

      Exactly what I was thinking : '''Don't incite violence, ministers urge''' Except at Elections when it suits.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-06 08:30

      Surely carrying dangerous weapons whilst marching is inciting violence or at least intending violence.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-06 01:00

    Ministers,it is unfortunate if telling the truth and stated the facts ,fall within the framework of incitement.Please tell us how to draw the line?

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-06 01:12

    If the supposed custodians of the law are the violaters of it and try to impose it by themselves not respecting the rule 6f law at the expenre of violating a persons right to life and freedom.then it is the right of that individual to defend themself at wotevr the cost!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-06 01:13

    If the supposed custodians of the law are the violaters of it and try to impose it by themselves not respecting the rule of law at the expense of violating a persons right to life and freedom.then it is the right of that individual to defend themself at wotevr the cost!

  • david.thulani.98 - 2012-09-06 01:24

    They u go, mr zuma and whole anc is putting this country into disrepute ,mr mthethwa must be fired he failed to return order, instead pushed mr cele away ,poor zuma i wish u all the bad in mangaung

  • chaapo.sithole - 2012-09-06 03:03

    Chickes coming home to roost- they do say the revolutions consumes its own children and you have JM as the catalyst of that self destruction. Unfortunately, it will also consume those who have nothing to do with ANC politics when the fallout happens, as it will, if this dithering and pandering to thugs is not stopped.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-09-06 05:07

    Ok so no shoot the boer or machine gun talk or is this only for us and not the privelged body guard blue light brigrade protected elite? We see a law for us and a law for you. You see Collin the government sets the tone of the nation by its language and behaviour. We have a President whos calling card is the machine gun, a government willing to shoot is people to protect investments, ANC members killing each other for tenders, Allaince partners to use violence to get their way. We are here at this point in History because we have give the government the mandate to under deliver by telling them no matter how poor they perform, they will rule till Jesus comes.

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-06 06:57

      And one problem is that no matter how true your comment, the anc will not take notice because you are white, and therefor an apartheid relic.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-09-06 07:51

    Wam Umshini Wam! Shout it out as gospel, but shoot or arrest those that take it literally..

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-06 08:00

    Idiots! These are the same ministers that sing "dubul’ibhunu/kill the boer" and "Umshini wami/Bring me My Machine Gun" and now they're scratching their empty skulls over what is going on in this cesspit of a country ... come on!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-09-06 08:44

    Yeah rite, like julieass is gonna listen.

  • neil.ross.5473 - 2012-09-06 09:16

    OPEN COMMENT TO MINISTER COLLINS CHABANE: You limp, pathetic, useless piece of wet string! You know exactly who is inciting violence. You know his name. You have seen him inciting violence on TV. You have heard him making inflammatory speeches. He is inciting people to make the country ungovernable (sedition), he is inciting people to topple an elected government (treason) and all you do is make simpering, generic pleas to stop inciting violence. STOP TALKING. DO SOMETHING! ARREST MALEMA. You complete whimp.

  • Vaatjie van der Watt - 2012-09-06 09:39

    Fire the buggers(not literally again!), most of them are makwerekwere anyway, I'm sure there are people without jobs that would jump for the opportunity.

  • ryan.purvis.779 - 2012-09-06 09:49

    This is rich coming from a Government who's leader used the "machine gun" song at every given opportunity. The ANC used violence for their own means for its finally turned around and bitten them on their behinds. What goes around comes around....its just a pity its at the expense of the people.

  • customdesign - 2012-09-06 10:31

    They should arrest them for illegal striking, otherwise this is going to get out of hand, and every idiot who is not happy with his job is going to strike, prevent others from working, and be violent. There needs to be consequences.

  • johandebeer - 2012-09-06 10:33

    They are tolerating malema! Clowns! Arrest the bastard!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-06 11:43

    Members of the the ANC and their bed partners have been inciting violence for years, with no consequences. They even prepared to go to court to support the YL's singing of "shoot the boer". Now its coming back to bite them on the ass....

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-06 13:03

    Ministers ,a state of lies leads to a failed State.

  • philip.darne - 2012-09-06 13:13

    You only realizing this now??

  • attie.viljoen.39 - 2012-09-06 14:16

    Viva National Democratic Revolution, it is all for the course comates. The NDR is driven by the ANC and SACP. The ANCYL is just their tool they using to accomplish it with.

  • roland.gemmell - 2012-09-07 14:53

    Ironic isn't it!! Since pre-1976 the anc has advocated violent protests and have created a culture of entitlement, lack of ethics and no work to be "given" everything. Now all of a sudden it is "not right"! You cannot change this culture overnight - it is goign to take many more generations (if ever) to change this. Well done anc - you have made your own bed, but this bed is now what everyone has to put up with in SA.

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