Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Striking Lonmin workers meet

Hundreds of stick-wielding mineworkers gather on the outskirts of Wonderkop village near Marikana in the North West on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN. Multimedia Featured Image 28 minutes ago Police on gaurd at Lonmin's Marikana mine. 16 minutes ago Rahima Essop | 28 minutes ago WONDERKOP - As police monitor tensions at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West, community members on Tuesday met to discuss events which occured over the last few days. An illegal strike by some 3,000 rock drill operators on Friday led to the deaths of at least nine people, including two policemen. The officers were killed while trying to restore calm at the mine on Monday. Reports of staff intimidation have also surfaced. It is alleged mineworkers are threatening all Lonmin employees reporting for duty. Lonmin officials said operations were continuing, but at a reduced capacity. It is believed rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and upstart union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) sparked the attacks. The parties are allegedly fighting for the control of mines in South Africa. On Tuesday, hundreds of stick-wielding mineworkers gathered on the outskirts of Wonderkop village near Marikana. It appeared workers were holding a mass meeting and planning their next move. As more people joined the gathering, a police helicopter monitored the situation from above. A large police contingent is on standby at Lonmin's Western Platinum operations, should the crowd turn violent. The mine’s executive vice president for human capital and external affairs, Barnard Mokwena, is expected to address Lonmin employees later. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega visited the area on Monday evening, bringing in more officers to try stabilise the situation. Rivalry between the two unions earlier this year shut down a mine run by Impala Platinum for six weeks. (Edited by Thato Motaung) EWN This is what happens to our mines when BEE partners take over and do not pay their employees. Then the Unions take over and feed them Communist rhetoric and propaganda. Where will this loss of life and destruction end? Possible the ANC phase three Revolution is upon us.

1 comment:

  1. Today the independence of the Judiciary will also be on trial!