Returning Bokoni miners intimidated

2012-10-15 12:36

Johannesburg - Striking workers at Bokoni platinum mine outside Burgersfort in Limpopo intimidated fellow employees heading to work on Monday, mine executive Joel Kesler said.

"There were no injuries, but there was damage to property."

He said roads near the mine were blockaded.

Kesler estimated that 600 employees reported for work on Monday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said an ultimatum was issued that employees return to work by Monday.

"About 20% of them returned to work, but the other 80% refused to do so. They were the guys that confronted returning workers this morning (Monday)."

He said protesters used bricks and stones to intimidate employees and to blockade roads, for which they also used tyres and tree trunks.

"We did intervene to make sure there were no casualties," said Mulaudzi.

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

Although there was sufficient deployment at the mine, more resources "both material and human" would be employed to monitor the situation, said Mulaudzi.

More than a week ago, more that 2 000 striking Bokoni workers were fired for participating in the illegal strike. Formal dismissal notices were issued after a disciplinary hearing.

The majority of the mine's 3 500 permanent staff and 900 contractors downed tools nearly two weeks ago.

The protesters wanted a wage increase of more than R16 000, the SABC reported.

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  • Cameron - 2012-10-15 12:49

    What a fantastic democracy we live in...because a few hooligans want more money, they take the rights of the rest who want to work away.....very proud of our proud I wanna puke!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-15 12:54

    There is a universal law that South Africans of all colours back from stone ages have been trying to break...the law goes this "those who worked harder in their youth academic life will work less for more and those who worked less or relaxed and enjoyed their youth academic life will work harder for less" Its simple, pass that to your kids.

  • thembisa.ombinda - 2012-10-15 12:57

    Why is no tough action taken against this kind of behaviour by law enforcement agencies? What SAfricans & sadly unions, govt & employers included do not understand is that protesting/picketing is protected by the laws & the constitution. What happened in Marikana & Satawu strikes a while ago is not protesting, that is RIOTING. A riot is not protected anywhere. Why are strikers not arrested when found in possession of a weapon because they are clearly not coming to protest, they are coming to hurt, intimidate, cause disorder?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 13:15

      Close to election times our leaders are quiet, they don't want to upset anyone but they do.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-15 13:29

      Yes Thembisa, why indeed?

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-15 13:07

    people who want to work and provide for their families can't because of intimidation... makes me sick!

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-10-15 13:17

    The trouble is... They would probably get re-hired. Most possibly due to pressure. You want to strike outside the law. Then take the consequences. They should be fired , and kept being fired. If they try and move onto the mine property, then it is trespassing. SA has became a joke because of all the striking.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 13:17

    The police should disperse and arrest people when they break the law. Closing off roads, intimidation is both against the law.

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