Marikana action to end violence - Zuma

2012-09-16 17:07

Johannesburg - Law enforcement measures undertaken in Marikana were aimed at ending violence and intimidation, and not at undermining civil liberties, the presidency said on Sunday.

"Government action in Marikana is directed at ensuring that citizens exercise their rights peacefully and within the ambit of the law, as would be required in any democratic country in the world," President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

"Government cannot allow a situation where people march in the streets carrying dangerous weapons."

The government would never take away the constitutional rights of South Africans, but it could not allow people to incite violence or intimidate others, he said.

Workers had the right to engage their employers on wages and working conditions, and the state was not taking sides in the dispute.


It was only intervening to end the violence and intimidation.

Living conditions for workers on the platinum belt remained unacceptable, Zuma said.

The poor and working class remained the government's priority.

"We urge the mining sector to play their own part by immediately ensuring compliance with the Mining Charter, which includes the provision of single occupant hostels and family units," he said.

There were still hostels where 166 people had to share four toilets.

"Mining companies and the trade unions must urgently discuss and resolve the issues," he said.

Zuma extended his condolences to the family of National Union of Mineworkers shop steward Dumisani Mthinti.

Mthinti, who was found hacked to death in Marikana last week, was the 45th person to be killed in violence related to the Lonmin mine strike.

Gauteng Economic Development MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile said on Sunday that he was concerned about the turbulence at mines in the province.

Some of the mines experiencing unrest were Gold Fields' Kloof and Driefontein mines on the West Rand, and Gold One International in Modder East, Ekhurhuleni.

"The department of economic development recognises the conditions of work in the mining sector as well as the persisting challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment in our province," he said.

He appealed to all stakeholders, particularly mining houses and workers' representatives, to reach a speedy resolution.

The department would continue to consult stakeholders and reaffirmed its commitment to inclusive economic growth and decent jobs.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-16 17:22

    Ag zuma stop shouting shouting shouting your actions leaves a lot to be desired... If I may ask are you still the president?

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-16 17:50

      zuma - does the same bull yo spit apply to the cosatu's intimidation of the da? Or is this selective? "consistency" is the word besides the "democracy" one. look it up in the dicktionary LOL

      Xavier7034 - 2012-09-16 18:18

      Pres-i-dent - of what? 2 years late - big trouble is still lurking in the wings.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-16 18:22

      Perhaps it's more a case of protecting their investments in Lonmin. Especially for Cyril Ramaphosa. Now, they don't want all their investment interests to be devalued because of a bunch of disgruntled mine workers, do they?

      mzondistanley - 2012-09-17 15:18

      Presidents Do not run mines!! Are you Drunk? You are a failure veven in thinking!!

      madmountainza - 2012-09-17 15:51

      @ SiyandaWalterMda - I'm amazed at your concept of "peaceful action?" - so according to you the 10 people killed before the police arrived were killed "peacefully?". The cops only moved in because of the violence.

  • john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-09-16 17:28

    In the words of Walter Williams "South Africans deserves one another. Nobody is interested in liberty. Afrikaner whites think they are ordained to control the lives of others. British white liberals think the same thing, but in a more benevolent way. For their part, blacks just want to change the color of the dictator."

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-16 17:42

      Haev your eyes tested and askyour optometrist for very thick prescription glasses so that you can see that there are influential whites, coloureds, and indian Ministers too in this government that you call “black.”

  • john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-09-16 17:31

    "Government action in Marikana is directed at ensuring that citizens exercise their rights peacefully and within the ambit of the law, as would be required in any democratic country in the world," Apart from the fact that this country is not a democratic country. Reality is often suppressed by ideology.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-09-16 17:37

    @PF Stem saam Vlok die hele lot LOL

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-16 17:49

      Die betekenis van die woord “vlok” is om iemand se voete te was, soos wat Adriaan Vlok gedoen het aan al die mense wat sy vyandes was gedurende die Nats se regering toe hy die Min van Wet en Orde was. Ek ook wag my beurt om my voete te vlok word :)

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-16 17:54

      Themba Hehehe dis net die geseendes wat die vlok voordeel kan kry, ek en jy en die ondergeskiktes sal maar ons eie voete moet vlok.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-16 18:05

      Nett, kom laat ons in die tou gaan staan totdat Trollip kom om onse voete te skoonvlok. Dis mos hy (Trollip) wat belowe het om die “hele lot\ te vlok. Trollip, maak gou ou vriend, ek en Potgieter wag vir jou :)

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 18:34

      Briljant, julle twee maak my aand!

  • stefano.ramazzotti.9 - 2012-09-16 17:52

    Just get the real truth here. No need to add anything else.

      john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-09-16 18:24

      Yeah we all just love conspiracy theories. That article has zero sources and zero credibility. Sure there are truths within it, but it's hidden to such an extent that your average Joe would be unable to formulate a credible opinion based on the article. Good read nonetheless, but it's very far from the truth.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-16 19:55

      @stefano. That's why I said it's more to do with protecting the interests of the ANC big wigs above. That's an interesting story and goes a long way to expaining the fabulous wealth accrued by ANC big wigs in a relatively short space of time.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-09-16 18:27

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 18:31

    The BEE Mining deals are under threat and now.....ACTION!!!!

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-09-16 18:33

    Wen he acts u ppl criticize wen he doesnt act u criticize. Everyone has a right to strike but not illegally and u cant intimidate and kill ppl who choose to wrk. Its a right action Mr President. Wen they attacked the SAPS dey got wat they wanted. Fyi they killed 11 ppl already. Lets call a spade a spade.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 19:22

      Precisely, the law abiding citizen is once again the one who suffers!

  • sandra.blignault - 2012-09-16 18:38

    God has forsake this country! Don't blame him at all! Wish the world will place sanctions on SA! With a president like zuma, who take a hot shower to was off aids and malema, wgo thinks he's god, this country is the laughing stock of the world!

  • freddied - 2012-09-16 18:40

    u cnt teach south africans to follow law now when protesting, way back no one gave them permission when their were fighting for freedom, Zuma u re offside, Marikana is bringing u down,

  • Nonyameko Nonie Mafeke - 2012-09-16 18:45

    its about time Zuma,every1 has a right to strike but there's no right for illegal strike...i think its about time that the labour laws must be implemented in this marikana issue

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 19:28

      YES! Fire them AWOL!

  • Ditantane - 2012-09-16 19:05

    how do you stop violence with violence mr president?

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-16 19:07

    Thanks for that Mr President but Mangaung will determine whom do we want to our next Leaders.

  • pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-09-16 19:11

    As I will never see a white, coloured or indian President in my life time, I think I am ready for the next black president. Just hoping his fly is closed very tightly and his head is open very widely...

  • svee.svee.7 - 2012-09-16 19:18

    This is highly a clear indication of undermining workers liberties! Remember Mr President only the oppressed that is gonna seek freedom from the oppressor because oppressors don't voluntarily give freedom! My concern is what have u done 2 solve this employees concerns? Are solving or adding fuel 2 the fire?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-16 19:23

      Worker liberties? What about the people who wants to work and earn a a salary?

  • gneralle.edon - 2012-09-16 19:29

    Ain't no balls in zuma's pants

  • mandla.thwala.10 - 2012-09-16 19:44

    Yah what I pick up from the negetive comments from this article is hatred of Zuma,but its alright peaple maybe its your constitutional right to Hate Zuma but myself I dont

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-09-17 03:38

      @dommandla, yep and we know why, because you both stupid, lazy, thieves, and on top o it all, useless!

  • thozi - 2012-09-16 20:03

    Irrespective of how I always feel about the current government, it's brave effort to control violent marches that are unrully, that cause deaths of people through whatever action, that will result in the destruction of the economy, that cause mayhem among the communities affected, etc. is what I totally support. It is a pity that even when lives had been lost, some opposition politicians and the notorious puppy that barks at everyhting, malema - are unfortunately trying to use this as an occassion to score points that are tainted with blood.

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-09-17 02:13

    it all started with that bloody painting ...

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-17 06:27

    These are hallmarks of the Mugabes

  • Maketa Khayalakhe Khekhe - 2012-09-17 06:29

    the president is lying through his teeth its not 4 the best interest of the people but theirs i truly support da statement dat describes him as a dictator

  • rod.baker.376 - 2012-09-17 07:17

    Strange, Helen Zille asked Zuma for the army to go into the Cape Flats to stop the gang violence while social measures could be taken, but she was turned down. So it's OK to send the army into the mines to stop the killing, but not into the Cape Flats to stop the killing.

  • virginia.greenwoodwarner - 2012-09-17 07:37

    Maybe nobody saw the weapons carried by these striking miners????? If it was going to be a peaceful strike why would they need all that? Good gracious - this isn't the dark ages!!! Surely it's illegal to carry this stuff anywhere in the world? How/why would one even own it.

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