Axed miners make bid to shut down mine

2012-10-11 11:44

Johannesburg - Two minibus taxis were burnt in Photsaneng near Rustenburg on Thursday, as sacked Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) workers gathered in a bid to halt mining operations at Bathopele Mine.

North West Taxi Council spokesperson Bernard Afrika said taxi operations to Photsaneng, Bleskop and surrounding areas had been suspended for safety reasons.

"We have suspended operations until the police restore order and it is safe to operate. The primary task of a taxi is to transport people," he said.

Afrika said the two taxis were transporting people to work and other places when they were burnt.

"Not all the people in the taxis were going to the mines, some were children going to school and others were women going to clinics and other places. We cannot confirm whether they were going to the mine."

He said the passengers and drivers ran away when the taxis were stopped and later set alight.

"Striking mineworkers do not want people to go to work. They burnt taxis suspecting of transporting people to work. This is the second incident, during the Marikana strike, [that]... taxis were also set alight," he said.

Spokesperson for the workers Gaddafhi Mdoda condemned the violence.

"We do not know who is behind this. The violence is getting out of hand."

He said criminal elements within communities near to the mines might have used the strike as a springboard to commit crime.

"We cannot afford to have more enemies, we already have enemies - the government, mine management and the National Union of Mineworkers - we cannot afford to have our brothers and sisters as enemies," he said.

He said workers went to Bathopele Mine to stop it from operating.

"We want to shut this mine down, it is the only mine operating, " he said.

Bathopele was the only mine operating normally following the illegal strike on September 12. Other components of Amplats operating normally were the concentrators, smelters and refineries.

Workers at Amplats went on an illegal strike on September 12, demanding a monthly salary of R16 000 and allowances.

The company fired 12 000 workers after they failed to appear in disciplinary hearing.

Despite the dismissal, workers have vowed not to appeal and still regard themselves as Amplats workers.

On Wednesday, they marched to the NUM offices in Rustenburg to de-register their membership with the union.

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  • heini.botes - 2012-10-11 12:16

    "Striking mineworkers do not want people to go to work. They burnt taxis suspecting of transporting people to work".....What happened to my constitutional right to work Mr.Zuma? Not be intimidated?? Banana Republic much??

  • ppisciotta - 2012-10-11 12:17

    Hire whites and indians who are desperate to return SA to a position of respect in the world.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-11 12:23

      Good idea!

  • graham.brown.129357 - 2012-10-11 12:19

    I'm sure they'll realise that they are no longer employed when they don't receive any pay. Very sad.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 12:25

    Brilliant Behaviour! So nice to see! I just love it!

  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-11 12:27

    These guys are now over exercising their rights,Msholozi where are you? Let your voice be heard. I know there are some people dragging their fit in solving this problem so that ANC will appear as a bad party ,however that won't help them at all. This problem requires people to work together in finding a lasting solution. Beside that there is no life for this country whether under DA or ANC,people will always rise-up for pay hikes.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-11 12:28

    Is there nothing that can be done about these strikes?, come on people, where is our Government? Where is JZ? Where is MPs, Ministers? Etc, we have monsters here, why kill other people who want to work? Mxm sick

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-11 13:32

      I agree, where is the Army and Police?

  • SkyeBenga - 2012-10-11 12:37

    Using an old tactic. Burn it, person or thing. Even if you're wrong, you'll always be right, and if you're always right, you can never be wrong.

  • Derick Willem Barnard - 2012-10-11 12:38

    yes very sad indeed .....cant see how some people have a problem if SAPS steps and make use of force to control them , how long will it be before non striking miners die??? due to these stupid incompetent fools that cant even realize they've been axed???

  • renard.souza - 2012-10-11 12:47

    The Mentality common in africa, if I don't get what I want , burn or break it. That will make it all better!

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-10-11 13:10

    I have no words to describe these people. The only apropriate words are illegal to use in this country where burning people with petrol is OK as far as the majotity is concerned.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-11 14:14

    And do what for an income? Murder, rob, hijack and steal? Decent human beings negotiate!

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