Law society takes aim at mining industry

2012-08-17 17:46

Cape Town - The legal fraternity blamed a breakdown in conflict resolution in the mining industry for Thursday's shooting near Lonmin's Marikana mine, in North West.

"These workers have been the victims of an escalating breakdown in conflict resolution, particularly in the mining industry," the Law Society of SA (LSSA) said on Friday.

It said in a statement this had been brought about by those who put vested interests before the lives of workers

"This breakdown is symptomatic of our society and body politic in South Africa."

A total of 34 people were killed and 78 were injured when police tried to disperse striking workers who had encamped at the Wonderkop hilltop, near the mine, in Rustenburg.

Another 10 people had already been killed in violent protests at the mine in the past week.

The LSSA said there had been a failure to rely on the rule of law to resolve conflicts.

"Violence, vigilantism, corruption, xenophobia, disrespect for the law and law enforcement agencies, as well as greed for power, influence and wealth are all collectively destroying the values of nation building, patriotism and respect for law and order. These are the warning signs of a failing state."

A fresh approach was needed by political parties, workers' unions, NGOs, religious bodies, gender lobby groups, youth groups, community-based organisations, professional and business organisations.

Leaders in these fields and academics with socio-political and economic skills should to get together "to find common ground in order to reverse the growing damage to our society and country that we see around us", the LSSA said.

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  • takalani.prince - 2012-08-17 18:42

    very sad..people killing one another like this?. I wonder what's next... hope is vanishing indeed!

  • cecil.currie - 2012-08-17 18:46

    The Law Society lists just about every organisation it can think of as to blame. This is so broad it's scary. I have never come across an organisation as toothless as the Law Society and it's various branches

  • - 2012-08-17 18:47

    Wrong.!!!! The blame lies squarely with this corrupt self serving government led by an uneducated individual who has no respect for the rule of law and whose sole concern is financial and sexual enrichment. But, on a not so serious note, it(zuma) certainly has huge international entertainment value.

      baardman.vanzyl - 2012-08-18 06:42

      An indivudual? What about the 70% of people who vote for this individual and therefore condone his actions?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-08-17 19:06

    the problem is the militancy of the unions that the anc has allowed to continue unchecked. It had fuque all to do with problems of conflict resolutions. Cosatu is stuck in the 1980s. The miners had it coming.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-17 19:11

    where were you to negotiate a resolution. everybody got a lot to say after the fact. job well done saps

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-17 19:15

    Lawyers, Next time go there in your gowns and show us how it should be done. The visuals clearly show what took place. For once we cannot and will not blame the police. The same goes for the politicians. Don your smart ties and other attire and go to the next trouble spot and SHOW us how to handle it. We have reason to be unhappy and distrustful of the police but here we have the evidence right in front of us that the police are not to blame. But since when must the police negotiate law and order with the transgressors?

  • victor.windsor - 2012-08-18 05:11

    It has nothing to do with the mining industry,it is the fault of the unions !!!!!!

  • james.oliver.520562 - 2012-08-18 08:44

    Yip, it's already a failed state. The ANC has failed its' voters and everything else is crumbling around them. The writing is on the wall people - dramatic change will happen soon!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-18 09:44

    Squawk, pretty polly.

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