Marikana is a dangerous precedent, says Vavi

by Genevieve Quintal and Gillian Jones

The Marikana wage deal set a dangerous precedent, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday.

“If those workers forced the hand of the company in that fashion … Read the rest

Marikana residents accuse police of shooting at them with rubber bullets

Police officers assigned to disperse protesting Lonmin mineworkers were accused of shooting residents of Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana on Saturday morning.

Several community members emerged with bleeding wounds, which they claimed were caused by police rubber bullets.

Two women … Read the rest

Malema is a ‘lumpen’ says Communication Workers Union

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is a “populist, lumpen and right-wing demagogue,” the Communication Workers Union said on Thursday.

“The CWU condemns the populist, lumpen and right-wing demagogue Julius Malema, who is also known as tenderpreneur,” said the … Read the rest

‘ANC faction causing unrest at Lonmin’ – Cosatu

The ongoing labour dispute at Lonmin and spreading throughout the mining sector is being organised by an ANC faction with expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema acting as their front man, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said in a report on Thursday.… Read the rest

National Prosecuting Authority’s decision on Marikana miners welcomed

The Justice Ministry on Sunday welcomed the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to withdraw murder charges against 270 Lonmin mineworkers.

“We welcome the decision but will await formal report as requested,” said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

The workers were initially … Read the rest

Mindless response to massacre in South Africa

by Ilana Mercer

On August 16, 36 striking miners were shot dead by South African Police Service officers at the site of the Lonmin Platinum Mine, at Marikana—northwest of this writer’s birthplace, Johannesburg.Seventy eight of the 3000 rioting strikers were … Read the rest

Amcu calls for independent commission of enquiry as mineworkers were ambushed at Marikana

The Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for an independent commission of inquiry into the killing of 34 striking mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, in Rustenburg.

“As much as the president of South Africa has … Read the rest

Malema asks police to retreat from crowds at Marikana

Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema asked police on Saturday to distance themselves from the crowds at the Wonderkop village near Rustenburg.

The negotiations between Malema and the police came after complaints from Lonmin workers and residents that they … Read the rest

‘I understand miners’ frustration’ – farmer near Marikana

Families and friends continued to arrive at Lonmin’s Marikana mine on Friday in the hope of tracking down people who went missing, after 34 people were killed in a clash with police.

“I have been trying to call my brother … Read the rest

Marikana massacre makes world headlines

The bloodbath that claimed the lives of over 30 people in Marikana in the North West has made international headlines.

The Guardian, New York Times, Sky News, Denver Post, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, and several other media reported on the … Read the rest

South African police shoot and kill striking Lonmin miners

Read also: 18 dead in Lonmin shootout

South African police opened fire on Thursday against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground.

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