Zuma kneels down in Marikana dust

2012-08-22 17:26

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma knelt down in the dust of Marikana on Wednesday to inspect used bullet cartridges brought to him by striking mine workers.

Zuma arrived in the troubled area this afternoon to address a group of about 100 striking mine workers near the scene of last week’s killing of 34 mine workers.

The cartridges were carried by the workers in two plastic bags.

They related last week’s events to Zuma and a ministerial task team that had accompanied him.

Zuma told the gathering that he expected a commission of inquiry he announced last week to unearth the whole truth behind the killings.

The workers said they would continue to strike until their demand of a R12 500 salary was met.

The meeting proceeded without any violent incidents despite earlier threats by the workers who protested against the presence of armoured police vehicles.

  • china.phashe - 2012-08-22 16:22

    You are late Mr President, they don't need you.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-22 16:48

    Which violence are the miners referring too?..the security guards "They" murdered or the Policemen "They" murdered?...or the the thugs who ran with weapons towards the Police... to murder them??

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-22 16:53


  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-08-22 16:56

    And so what? Is Zuma supposed to be a god or something special? Isn't he supposed to kneel? Is he allowed to? Why is it newsworthy?

  • raath - 2012-08-22 16:58

    Why is he inspecting used bullet cartridges? Is he a forensics expert?

      henk63 - 2012-08-22 20:12

      @raath - it was for the PR photos that he knelt down. While pretending to inspect the bullet cases, a big flat NOTHING went through his mind.

  • alexander.lombard - 2012-08-22 16:58

    I agree R12 500 is a good salary for the sweat of these men. My grandfather started working as a train "stooker" and he could at least afford to buy a house and feed his family. To keep on producing platinum at unrealistic low prices is fatal to our economy. Ask USA oil drillers if they struggle because oil companies do not make revenue. If the world wants cars with catalitic converters then they must pay for the platinum and the salaries of these men. This is called CAPITALISM. Workers in turn must behave and educate themselves and stop voting for the Comunists. Miners should strike until platinum reaches higher prices and mines can afford to pay them better.

      henk63 - 2012-08-22 20:18

      Alexander, rockface drilling is probably a job that even the lowest IQ'ed worker can do. Just above them is probably a host of other jobs being paid progressively more as the required skill increase. If the mine increase the lowest skill job's pay, they will have to increase all the pay, for all the jobs exponentially. Do you still think your solution is viable?

      hennie.vanjaarsveld.12 - 2012-08-23 07:50

      alot of educated people dont even get that sallary.....why should they?you dont see other people who also struggle act in such way they did.they got what was coming to and invisible muti?that explans the whole situation.would you pay some one with such mental capasity 12500?

      timgregorysa - 2012-08-23 13:33

      you say "to keep on producing platinum at unrealistically low prices" - you do know that the price is set by demand, not cost? and you do know that 1400 platinum miners recently lost their jobs because the cost of labour is going up and the price of platinum is going down? Do a Google search on Platinum job losses to get an idea of the context for the demands for higher wages. If the unions had any interest in preserving jobs they would be trying harder to get the miners back to work

  • mzondistanley - 2012-08-22 17:01

    To Mine owners we wish to put it on record that they are practicing Economic Injustice to the whole Nation!! By failing to sort out these grievances and now resulting in loss of life, It is a double blow to the Country as a Whole!! The earlier they sort out these injustices the better or they shall have themselves to blame for lack of corrective action.

      henk63 - 2012-08-22 20:20

      Letting a moron work for you at minimum wage is no injustice. It is a lifeline.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-08-22 17:04

    WAIT A MINUTE ! How can Intelligence not know who is behind this Marikana uprising ? And now Malema claims to be the peoples New "Saviour" Check out this link : I really hope this post doesn`t get moderated/deleted like the others..

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-08-22 17:06

    Inspect used bullet catridges - for what now. I think this article is misleading

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-22 17:07

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures, anything to get the votes of the uneducated, except delivering on your promises of course.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-22 17:12

    Nonsens the casings were collected by florensics. How many lies are the strikers stil going to tell SA.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-08-22 17:12

    It doesnt help to kneel in the dust. Load of rubbish. My take is that the ANC is paying for the years of civil disobedience that they have failed to stop. It has continued because the supporters of the govt only know this way. It has escalated to anarchy in a quest to get what they want at the cost of civil disobedience and lives! If anyone was to run at me with a spear, iron bar or any weapon and i have a gun, I WILL SHOOT TO KILL.

  • spookhuis - 2012-08-22 17:12

    Does he kneel in the dust of the farmers that feed his mob? No....he is well off at R200 per minute.

  • maryke.peacock - 2012-08-22 17:13

    What about your Police Force Mr President? Or don't their votes count? Careful now, it sure won't look very good when their authority is undermined so blatantly. What games you have to play when things are getting tight?

  • jpstrauss - 2012-08-22 17:19

    That's not a kneel, it's a squat.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-22 17:20

    Zuma doing a repair job by kneeling in the dust because people who were attempting to commit murder were stopped in their tracks. Now they are made to be martyrs. How is this circus government ever going to get the message across to thugs overstepping their limits. Absolutely pathetic, no wonder the ANC and unfortunately SA is the laughing stock of the world!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-08-22 17:21


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