It's caution, not panic: Mantashe

2012-09-13 10:40

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has denied there was wide-spread panic over recent violent protests countrywide.

"I'm not sure what's the difference between panic and caution. If they take cautionary measures to avoid the damage and deaths of people that have occurred now, I don't think that can be called panic, it would be called cautionary," Mantashe told SAfm on Thursday.

Asked for reaction to investors and the international community "panicking" about the situation, Mantashe said there were two "distinct problems" that needed to be dealt with.

"When there is lawlessness, the state must be capable to deal with that. When there is agitation and incitement, the state must be able to deal with that," said Mantashe.

If the state becomes "flat-footed", "everything can break loose".

"I think that is where I am more worried than the panic you are talking about."


He also expressed concern about threats to bring the mining industry to a standstill. Mantashe said it would be regrettable if bargaining councils no longer functioned properly.

A month ago, 34 people were shot dead by police at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, in the North West. Protests - apparently sparked by rivalry between two unions - had left 10 people dead the week before the shooting by police.

Another body was found at the mine this week, where talks to deal with a R12 500 monthly salary demand were yet to yield any results.

The mine has not been able operate for weeks, and protests by mineworkers seem to have spilled over to more mines - Anglo American Platinum in Rustenburg, and Gold Fields' KDC West mine in Carletonville.

Expelled African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema has addressed striking miners, urging them to go on work stoppages every month until their demands were met.

He also addressed disgruntled soldiers on Wednesday, causing the defence minister to accuse him of being counter-revolutionary and trying to incite members of the SA National Defence Force against the state.

Mantashe said the ANC national executive committee would meet to discuss "all these matters that are in the public domain".

"It's not an emergency [meeting], it's a normal NEC meeting. It's scheduled," he said.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-13 10:48

    The ANC only know 2 words "Denied" and "Apartheid"

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-09-13 10:54

      Also "Kill" and "Demand"

      Richard - 2012-09-13 11:16

      You forgot racist. It's a word they use whenever things don't go their way.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-13 11:18

      An eye opener if there ever was one.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-13 11:31

      I heard on radio 702 someone calling in stating that he is a soldier that was suspended and had been at the meeting with juliarse! Apparently they were NOT expecting juliarse to arrive and speak to them, they were told FROM THE LUTHULI house that some seargent (nyanda or something) was supposed to address them and instead Juliarse walked into the meeting..! There is OBVIOUSLY an attempt by a faction within the anc to destabilize the current anc power axis..! There is something happening, and we should ALL be concerned..! These are rotten and dirty tactics that will cause damage to the entire South Africa..!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 14:33

      @Gerhard ~ Thanks! Really opens your eyes and makes you wonder how to get this message across to the masses who are gullible enough to believe the dung that comes out of cANCer's mouths.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-09-13 10:51

    You must think we are blind, deaf and dumb - You are in serious trouble ANC internally as much as externally - everyone knows it, even your voters.

      andy.brewis - 2012-09-13 11:29

      ANC elective conferences paralyse government like clock work…..

  • rbphiri - 2012-09-13 10:56

    Ofcourse International investors should panic, if the unrest should continue, the platinum price could reach 2 000 dollars an ounce! I mean who the hell in their right mind would invest in depreciating commodities in a country where there is unrest. As long as corrupt officials are still in power, panic will always be there.

      piet.boerie - 2012-09-13 11:02

      Exactly but not only corrupt but imcompetant too. The unrest will spread, people are still poor and the country is wealthy. There needs to be a fair exchange for resource which is supposed to be managed by the governement. The problem is the party in power is profiting from aparthied setup deals where its profit profit and more profit.

      rbphiri - 2012-09-13 11:15

      It's baffling how we still use apartheid as an excuse in this era of democracy. How the government justify corruption with it and how they use it as a shield to avoid accountability.

      Jane - 2012-09-13 11:35

      Also worrying, is the fact that Julius Malema is now trying to incite the military as well, which is how most coup's start. It takes one fanatic person to brainwash a few influential people in the military to cause an uprising. Once he has the military on his side, who will defend the country against him?

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-13 10:57

    Denial.... so why hasn't your useless party not said or done anything about the situation?

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-13 10:57

    NEC meeting to discuss Malema, he will be expelled from the country or they will compose a new song, "don't listen to Julius don't listen"

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-09-13 11:01

    we are not kids mantashe,hiding behind security personel and high walls how would this whole thing cause panic to you and your comrades..soldiers should be deployed,now that's what I call caution...or maybe this unrest is your strategy going to mangaung...

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-09-13 11:05

      well said Sekwati.... my thoughts exactly!!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-13 11:09

      Thank you

      tinotenda.panashe - 2012-09-13 11:18

      And what is fun is all these guys are talking from the comfort of their offices instead of going out and meet the people. Talk of giving someone victory on a silver platter!!

  • Badger - 2012-09-13 11:05

    No Panic, just caution,,,, No Crime, just issues,,,, No crisis, just hic ups,,,,, No Education, just no text books,,,,,, No medical, just negociating,,,,, No Roads, just a couple of pot holes,,,,, No Corruption, we just helping ourselves,,,,,

      wim.kruger.7 - 2012-09-13 16:10

      Brillantly stated, Badger!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-13 11:07

    He doesn't know the difference between panic and caution. What a star that man is. Twit.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-13 11:08

    As if the fat cats are in coltrol... hehehehehe.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-13 11:08

    You dont know the difference between your head and your ass either but that is not news to us.

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-13 11:09

    This ANC gets worse by the second, where is the leadership? All Zuma can do is sing, dance and P*OMP... Malema should be arrested for treason!

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-09-13 11:09

    O good GRIEF... the country is in a freeking mess!!! WTH is the government doing? Cos it's not GOVERNING!! But let's ALL be sure to vote for them AGAIN in the next elections, okay? O and BTW, why isn't Mr Malema in JAIL for inciting violence and discord?? WHY is he riling up the dismissed soldiers? On whose behalf does he speak?

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 15:27

      "WTH is the government doing?" good question, one thing for sure they are trying "not to be caught with their fingers in the till"

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-13 11:12

    Gwede Mantashe is behaving like former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, during his last days in power. Denial seems to be the orde of the day, for a man who cannot realise his time is up! He has lost all credibility, and as a former unionist, he can't even stand in front of miners to address them. Because he knows he will be chased away! Asijiki!

  • jimmy.dalton.391 - 2012-09-13 11:15

    Look at Gwede's picture above. It looks like one of that wooden statues you buy at the Hartebeespoort dam. The only difference is the statue is more intelligent and don't blame apartheid for being a statue.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-09-13 11:17

    He's wearing his dirty, rose-coloured spectacles again, burying his head in the sand. He knows very well WHO is causing the unrest, the incitement to commit violence, the strikes at mines, etc., and But, of course, as usual, they're INEPT at DEALING WITH IT.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-09-13 11:17

    The Gov is indeed flat footed Gwede, not to mention flat headed. "just caution" hey? Just like a few years back, the ANC Gov informed us that there was no crisis in Zimboparadiso? Now they (Zim) want $400m from SA and their people are starving due to their racist (anti white farmer) policies. Why is that those who are doing the thinking in this country can always claim.... "we told you so"?

  • jason.jaded.1 - 2012-09-13 11:19

    Mr Mantashe. You fail to take into account or make any mention of the HUNDREDS of violent service delivery across the country this year alone (occurring almost daily now), nor the violent taxis protests in Durban (also this year), nor the violent riots in Cape Town (also this year), nor the violent political protests outside Julias Malema's court cases AND disciplinary verdicts (also this year), nor the violent xenophobia attacks in towhships around the country (also this year), nor the DA march that turned violent because COSATU thugs couldn't bare the thought of anyone but THEM or their ANC comrade marching to exercise their right to freedom of speech and expression. ALSO. THIS. YEAR! Just do a search for protests on this very site, and tell me how long it takes for you to reach articles about the protests in 2011? Here's a tip: best get a cup of hot coffee first, Mr Mantashe. You'll be here a while... Actually, the country is BURNING and you and your cronies flit around with armed body guards and in blue light brigades knocking tax paying citizens out of your way (or just over completely) and calmly tell us from your seat of power not to panic? Exactly when the F*CK should we start panicking? When you've managed to get your all of your assets and stolen tax money out of the country and in a nice and safe offshore account? With plane ticket in hand? Wake Up!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-13 11:20

    NOW they want to get involved.....

  • Thando Tdoz Kubheka - 2012-09-13 11:23

    you ppl dont know what you want if they shoot the perpetrators it's an issue.

  • njdejager - 2012-09-13 11:23

    Dream on cowboy Gwede. You just keep denying it is catching up even if you deny just remember that.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-13 11:24

    Gwede you in the ANC have created a monster in Juju boy, not knowing that one day it will turn against you. Haak Juliarse, bliksem hulle so they don't have time to plot how to return that embarrassment called Zuma as the President of the country again.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 15:34

    I wonder why the "December-CancER-leader-contesters" are so quite on this issue? THIRD FORCE at work??

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-14 17:11

    but let me tell you one thing guys we will miss those clowns no matter when. every time when they open theire mouths im always loughing cause i always knew that they will denie blame arpatheid nothiing new.

  • varena.vahuu - 2012-09-14 17:20

    I respected the bloody agent for sometime, but this time is being used to be a bloody agent for real.

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