Only mineworkers allowed in stadium - cops

2012-09-18 19:21

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was barred from entering Wonderkop stadium in Marikana because he was not a mineworker involved in the labour dispute, the SA Police Service said on Tuesday.

"In keeping with the provisions of the Regulations of the Gatherings Act, the police... put measures in place to ensure that only mineworkers involved in the labour dispute attend," Captain Dennis Adriao said in a statement.

"The SAPS has a legal obligation to ensure that attendees conform with the requirements of the legislation and will not hesitate to act when transgressions occur."

Adriao said if Malema was "aggrieved" with the police action, he was welcome to open up a case with the police or its watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

On Monday, the police stopped Malema at the gates of the stadium, where striking miners had gathered to be briefed on developments about their wage demands.

After a lengthy discussion with the police, Malema drove off, escorted by about 10 police vans.

A police helicopter circled overhead, and police on foot patrol ran to points of entry to the stadium, ready to stop him if he turned back.

Malema told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday that police threatened to kill him at the stadium.

His car was in a convoy of four at the stadium. The first two cars entered, after which Malema's car was stopped and searched.

Malema left his car and tried to walk to the meeting, but was prevented from doing so.

He said he was chased out and police threatened to shoot him. He then left.

"What was even more disturbing was that the chopper followed me all the way to Pretoria.

"It was on top of my vehicle... That is taxpayers' money," he said.

Malema said he would not let police investigate threats against his life because "that would be like inviting killers into our home".

His lawyers were planning legal action against the police.

Mineworkers at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Tuesday accepted a 22% wage increase after downing tools more than a month ago.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-18 19:36

    Do what you like Malema. Thursday is another day.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-18 19:40

      Interresting I wonder why ?

      kim.buren - 2012-09-18 19:52

      Tik Tok Tik Tok, they fly from above - 2012-09-18 20:09

      The person moderating these comments is obviously a Malema lover, meaning you love divide, hate and chaos and NEWS24 should fire your arse, I know people at news24 and can find out who you are - you are sad!! - 2012-09-18 20:12

      Compare Obama to Malema, it actually feels sick to make this comparison, like comparing a race horse to a rabies Hyena.

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-09-18 20:36

      Funny how Malema is now concerned that "tax-payer" money was used for the police chopper to follow his car overhead, but he had no such objections to tax-payers money being used for his blue-light brigade convoy that took him to the airport to go to Mauritius a few months ago... Is this idiot completely incapable of not contradicting himself?

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-18 19:36

    Since when did you worry about taxpayers money??Google Bert the cat vs cat balloon and see what happens to troublemakers like you....

  • JohnDough - 2012-09-18 19:37

    Can someone not kill it already please?

  • charcoal.nsibande - 2012-09-18 19:51

    lol! Trying to defend the greeds of Capitalism i see :)\r\nBut on a more serious note, this excuse is pathetic. Not that we were really expecting something solid and reasonable from such an act of injustice against this Malema

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-18 20:54

    this bastard has never said good morning since from birth but he owns millions,fancy property, lavish life, u name it, the list is long and he continues to use the poor miners for his own selfish interests, he must be shut-up before causing more damage

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-18 21:56

    Exactly why was my comment deleted? Was it because i was telling the truth or because as a white man I can't comment on black issues? My comment was not racist, did not attack any person, did not insult anyone. I can only conclude it's because i is white. nice going news24. silence those who speak out against the corruption, nepotism, stupidity of some of the governement and it's followers. I know that a lot of my comments have the thumbs up, of the 272 I have made, i have over 7000 thumbs up, i can't see the thumbs down for some reason. So it's not like people don't agree with what i have to say.

  • John - 2012-09-18 22:17

    Regulation of the Gatherings ACT. I'll have to go to the reference library to obtain a copy of this one. It is certainly an infringement of the constitutional RIGHT, Section 17 FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, Everone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to ASSEMBLE. Even MAL Malema! Section 16(1) (b), Freedom to receive or impart information or ideas. Even mal Malema. The POLICY ENFORCERS certainly have one up on this one. FASCISTS!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-18 22:27

      Unless you are there to foment anarchy, it is against the law to provoke people to break the law, which is what malema was trying to do. case closed.

      mike.clery - 2012-09-19 08:57

      It wasn't a public meeting. It was in an enclosed area and organized specifically for the miners to agree on a way forward. Malema is neither a miner nor an elected representative of the miners. He had no "rights" to attend, nor address the meeting.

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-09-19 08:30

    These policemen who barred Malema are some of Popcru memembers who have been vocal abt their hate for Melama. They are using government resources to advance their political agenda. We must remember that it is the same Popcru that tried in vain to get rid of Vavi in a Cosatu conference. These people are an embarasment to our country. I suspect they have a hand in the killing of Marikana strikers on August 16 given their relationship with Num. The Commission should investigate this. The parlirment should consider deunionizing security agencies like SAPS and SANDF. The danger of them being in union is that they sleep in one blanket with ANC affilite federation. So they end up compromising their responsibility of protecting citizens and it appeared in the Marikana massacre. You could see those Police, were vendective.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-19 10:47

    I bet you if Zuma turned up, he would have been allowed entry. It astounds me how these people have turned lying into art.

  • dean.mark.williams - 2012-09-19 11:19

    Pity a policeman's gun didn't 'accidently' discharge in Malema's direction

  • symonsev.sithole - 2012-09-19 11:21

    i was so grateful when malema was chased away 4rom wonderkop stadium.he doesn,t have respect at all .at he now know that police have athourity over.he must not be allowed 2 speak rubbish 2 pple in authority.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-20 01:09

    The mineworkers must decide themselves who they want to have attending their mineworkers' meeting, not the cops. (If it's only for mineworkers, the cops should also not be there.)

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