New work stoppage hits Marikana

2012-10-18 11:41

Johannesburg - Management at platinum giant Lonmin's Marikana mine in Rustenburg, the scene of deadly violence in August, said some workers had renewed a work stayaway on Thursday amid allegations of police harassment.

"We are experiencing disruption," said Sue Vey, a spokesperson for the JSE-listed firm, which was rocked by the police killing of 34 workers on August 16.

"It is too early to call it a strike. Some people have not been underground this morning as they were expected to be," Vey said.

The stoppage appears to have been prompted by workers' anger at a series of police arrests in recent days.

"The guys are concerned," said Zolisa Bodlani, a worker representative. "There were some guys that were arrested during the weekend."

Workers are expected to gather later in the day and deliver a memorandum to managers to "show their concern about those guys that were arrested," Bodlani added.

Employees at the mine have been back at work for almost a month, after the worst violence seen in post-apartheid South Africa prompted management to agree a substantial pay rise.

In all 46 people were killed, both workers and police, over weeks of violence that are now being investigated by a government-appointed commission of inquiry.

The panel, led by a retired judge, is expected to resume deliberations on Monday.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-18 12:08

    But what are the police still doing there?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-18 12:22

      They are still investigating the killings of 10 others before the big incident. Two were policemen, two were guards and +- 6 others NUM leaders / members. We can't let killers go free.

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-18 12:29

      With comments like this, is it any wonder we have such a high crime rate.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-18 12:57

      tumisang, I can't understand what they are still doing there, I mean apart from the murder of a couple of cops and security guards and a few innocent fellow miners the place is paradise, can't you THINK before you comment ?

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-18 14:44

      To monitor the miners who are still striking

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-18 15:15

      @tumisang.kolobe:) maybe you need to rephrase your question this way, why are people still being murdered over there? Then you will see why are still there. Easy to figure out why, neh?

  • peter.ledger.902 - 2012-10-18 12:13

    The strikes have nothing to do with pay....hellooooooo!! That is why they are stopping again. They will look for any excuse to stop. The ANC youth league is behind it - to push the nationalisation issue and to oust Jacob Zuma. malema said in his own words they will bring mining in SA to it's knees. Do you think he was joking? This is what it is about. Do you get it now?

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-18 12:39

      When Malema paid his little visit he told them to make the mines ungovernable. This is part of it.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-18 14:02

      Malema is really pushing his political profile at the moment because he feels that if he is regarded as the saviour of the masses, then he can escape going to jail for all his corruption and fraud charges. By the way, has anyone seen an obituary to Jackie Selebi. When he was released for being terminally ill, no one expected him to last more than two weeks. I will however look out for him at Windsor Golf course when I play there this Sunday.

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-10-18 12:17

    WTF is this "Deliver a memorandum" BS these days. All of a sudden people are marching to hand memorandums. FAX it, email it, text it, post it....why does it take u thousands of miners and millions of rand to do? Just lazy, not wanting to work, would reather strike and demand, than actually do what you are piad more than handsomly to do. If your brothers were arrested, they did something wrong, and they justice system will see to their trials. Just because of "mob Mentaility" does not give you the right to do whatever  you wnt!!! So sick of this BS now.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-18 12:31

      Blame the apartheid motto - Unity is strength

      omphile.umphimodise - 2012-10-18 13:15

      Now that you are sick of it, what are you going to do about it?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-18 14:11

      I guess if one of them catches a bout of flu all of them will stay-away in solidarity of a comrade. Viva!!!!!

      denis.gomo - 2012-10-18 14:39

      Spot on....this behavior ladies and gentlemen spells out the work ethic of the average miner in SA...and that's the reason why an SA employer...both blacks and whites included would prefer a foreigner in some jobs.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-18 17:26

      @denis. Amen brother!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 12:22

    As I said before - who will win the race to destroy SA? The labour force and those behind them, or the ANC government. Both are doing a sterling job and it's anyone's race at the moment.

  • julius.hond - 2012-10-18 12:23

    well said peter, wish everyone can realise this going to turn into much bigger problems. Our rands will be worthless soon.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-10-18 12:48

    Close the mine, they will start to realise that they are fools... Now they are earning more than people who have Qualifications.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-10-18 12:56

    Well reason did not prevail the fist time round, so how does it surprise anyone that they wont summarily drop tools and strike again.....theres no integrity or honour...simple

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-18 14:08

    Please fire them this time. These people are economic terrorist who have no regard for the rule of real law.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-18 14:28

    Any excuse not to work.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-18 15:37

    Jeopardy! It's a sad state of affairs in the country and no laughing matter! Seriously a friend of mine was driving through Marikana town the other day and pulled into the local Checkers there for half a fowl and chips! At the till she overheard two (survivng) miners talking about the looming mine closure. The guy with the newspaper under his arm said Well Im not to be scared when the mine she closes,... cause Im moving to Jeopardy The other dude looked quizzically at him and asked Eish, what you mean youre moving to jeopardy wena? Dont worry about staying to this place here and just come with me to jeopardy! But what you mean youre moving to jeopardy No man, I was reading to the newspaper and it said that when the mine she closes theres gonna be plenty jobs in jeopardy!

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-18 17:28


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