Lonmin 'rats' told to strike

2012-09-04 15:37

Rustenburg - Some workers who turned up for work at Lonmin's [JSE:LON] Marikana mine were instructed by striking colleagues to down tools on Tuesday.

This was according to an employee, who works as a smelter, and who opted not to join the strike.

He said a group of men - also employees - arrived at the eastern side of the mine and told him and others to stop working.

"A group of them arrived and told us to not betray the dead miners, and stop working.

"They called us 'amagundwane' and started singing," said the worker who wanted to remain anonymous.

"Amagundwane" (which is the isi-Zulu word for rats) is a name given to employees who go to work while their colleagues are on strike.

The worker said work stopped for a few hours while the group went outside and continued singing.

It was not clear who dispersed the group.

Lonmin spokesperson Barnard Mokoena confirmed the incident.

"There was a disturbance at one of our sides by a group of workers. A statement regarding the incident will be issued shortly."

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  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-04 15:51

    So in this case 'rats' are worse than 'scabs' !

      jono.qmann - 2012-09-04 15:55

      JM is to blaim, has to be him lol

      Willie - 2012-09-04 16:01

      They learned this from COSATU

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-04 16:03

      And when they lose there jobs they will be feeding with the rats.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 16:27

      Id rather be a rat then end up having to eat rats because I have no money!Shmeful that a person trying to earn a living to feed his family should be intimidated! Hope you sleep well at night Malema!

  • lydonmcg - 2012-09-04 16:06

    And we're expected to feel sorry for this lot? Fat chance.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-04 16:13

    Jealous strikers near us murdered a random man walking on the streets after one of them accused him of being a "scab". The innocent man was thrown off a bridge. No one was charged of murder.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-09-04 16:15

    these RATS must stoptheir RATIAUS behavier,couse if they go 2 work those people died 4 nothing .

      rowan.maulson - 2012-09-04 16:18

      They died for nothing anyway, regardless of whether other people try and earn an honest living or not.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-04 16:29

      calling people rats allows you to think of them as rats, and allows you to kill them as rats. One day someone might call you a rat and where will you run to when your throat is about to be slit. Be careful what you wish for Mpho...

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-04 17:06

      mpho, it's called freedom of choice, you obviously don't believe in that, you want to shoot at the police and charge them with Pangas, I'm sure those poor guys who chose to work their lives are in danger now, why, because they chose not to strike, barbaric, no other word for it.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 17:16

      Newsflash-they died for nothing and so dod other innocents!

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-04 17:46

      They died as pawns for the union masters while attacking the police. There was nothing noble about it

  • Andre - 2012-09-04 16:21

    What a self destructive race. They will force the mine to close even if it means they lose their jobs. No wonder Africa looks the way is is!

      thapz.thabis - 2012-09-04 18:42

      We rather be a self destructive than idiots who work for peanuts, if the mine has to be closed for get a message across then that's how it should be, my dad is working as a rock driller for Lonmin and he has been working there for 23 years but there's little improvement in his salary over these years, Africa is the way it is because the rich simply don't want to share. I'm not saying striking is the best way to get our voices heard but in this case it was because the government has not done enough to do address the issue of inequality in this country, the mine workers in South Africa are way under-paid compared to international standards, you'll never know until you worked in a mine or have a family member working there, you spend 30 years working in a mine and when you retire you pension fund is ZAR 200 000, SARS tax it and you left nothing, how do they expect you to survive with that until you're 70 - 80 yrs, the issue at Lonmin is much more about the transformation in mining sector than any other thing, I'd rather be self destructive than to live in apartheid-like situation in 2012!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-09-04 22:05

      Excellent logic - no job is better than a job that doesn't pay well. Feed your family with that.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-04 16:32

    They have opened their hands and fallen from the trees. All because Malema said so. Sorry for them?.................Nah!

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-09-04 16:37

    Stop calling them workers. they are inciters, strikers who cause the death of others.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-04 17:30

      Excellent observation.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-04 17:50

      Well the so-called rats, those are real workers appreciating the fact that they have a job while MILLIONS, that is 50% of our young people and many others are never likely to ever find a job

  • bullardx - 2012-09-04 16:47

    these miners are stupid- regardless of how sowi i feel for them their stupid. lets say the mine closes.... then what??where they gonna get income?? seriously, this arrogancy is makin their life worse off than it was before.

      mphomirtam.motsepe - 2012-09-13 15:39

      Yes Bullardx\r\nI think your remark about miners is a stupid one and not for my poor brothers who have been taken for granted by first the previous government and secondly the present one.\r\nYou do not feel sorry for the miners ,you are despising them.\r\nThis mine will never close because the fat cats will loose their bread ,what will happen is that they will ultimately come to their senses and give my people what they deserve, they are yearning for my country,s minerals and worse people like you do not care for the plight of the masses as you can own an expensive house and live in a surbarb while people lack basic health needs like housing.\r\nEven thugh Malema is an opportunistic psychopath he is right about nationalisation of mines and that minerts should put tools down till their R12,500 request is met, This is nothing as compared to thousands or millioms this company has stolen from SouthA frica.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-04 16:53

    amagundwan ayasebenza'rats are at work when the cat is away'.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-04 17:35

    Very easy, Juju can give them all jobs and we can get cheap chinese workers who will love the hostels, be happy for the pay and never strike. Won't need Num ot cosato anymore either. Make lots more profit.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-09-04 17:38

    Hooligans who are stupid enough to bully others not to work to support their families. Thats the kind of society the Anc wants.

  • malcolm.baillie.50 - 2012-09-04 19:53

    With our submarines docked in Simonstown, I'm sure the navy and the army can lend a hand and assist to protect citizens who actually want to go to work. Oh wait with 40000 jobs on the line at Lonmin, another 12000 on an illegal strike at goldfields the government doesn't provide support for industry and workers, instead they cower to a few thousand in fear while the rand gets knocked affecting the rest of us, while the media provides Malema with a platform to incite further unrest. The ANC has no backbone. That's not leadership to my mind.

  • gerhard.minnaar.716 - 2012-09-04 20:03

    By the release and waiver of the charges to them miners arrested and the freed just gave the scum more confidence to continue with their illegal strike and to intimidate other workers. They who have been released think the law is a joke and will now continue to break it by intimidating their fellow workers. This is the price to pay for not applying the law consistently.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-04 20:39

    Rats rabbits an muti....eish

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-04 21:35

    BLACK EMPOWERMENT in South Africa is directly to blame for this tragic travesty, as is equally the responsibility of the unions. The miners have felt a touch of the power that can crush the lot, so take care! Drugs and hokus pokus misinformation from certain persons USING & ABUSING you and destroying your careers and families futures are the ones to actually target. NO - you mine workers WILL NEVER GET A CHANCE TO STEAL AS MUCH AS YOUR POLITICIANS YOU KEEP VOTING FOR - just as most young guys and girls will also never achieve their dreams under the anc.

  • eddie.beavis - 2012-09-05 09:25

    At my age and with all the weary years of experience of how Africa is run, the people who suffer the most are the gullible poor,who clutch at any straw offered to them by cynical self serving scum bags, but they eventually rebel, I think the ANC had better get their heads out of their arses and actually try to help the people, or they will be swept from power and replaced with an even bigger nightmare!!

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