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Barry Bolton
Barry Bolton

Hang on a second. We all agree that they should be getting better wages. But the problems at lonmin mine is far deeper than just poor salary. These "peaceful" demonstrators are aligned with two factions of trade unions who have already killed 10 people including two police officers by hacking them to death prior to the big shooting, which these striking miners started. The police did not jsut randomly mow them down. The started shooting at the police first. IM sorry but I have no respect for...

Hang on a second. We all agree that they should be getting better wages. But the problems at lonmin mine is far deeper than just poor salary. These "peaceful" demonstrators are aligned with two factions of trade unions who have already killed 10 people including two police officers by hacking them to death prior to the big shooting, which these striking miners started. The police did not jsut randomly mow them down. The started shooting at the police first. IM sorry but I have no respect for them. They have the right to demand better wages but when you go and kill other people so that your salary can improve you don't deserve dry bread.

Boudica Mulder Samir
Boudica Mulder Samir
  • Barry Bolton

agreed

Sharon Chick
Sharon Chick
  • Barry Bolton

I agree too. It's sick this mindset of war and violence that pervades our society.

B. Ross Ashley
B. Ross Ashley
  • Barry Bolton

You actually believe the police were fired on first? Cops lie, it's part of the job description.

Frik Groenewald
Frik Groenewald
  • Barry Bolton

B. Ross Ashley There is actual camera footage that shows they fired on the cops first, from a TV station Al Jazeera. I'm curious though what you would have done in their shoes, when an armed mob charges you....

Barry Bolton
Barry Bolton
  • Barry Bolton

I don't have to believe the footage is there

Barry Bolton
Barry Bolton
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Gavin M Andersson
Gavin M Andersson
  • Barry Bolton

1. I agree that those who killed workers need to be brought to justice. where is the police 'intelligence' capacity that they cant differentiate these few from the 3000?
2. the media showed us a clip of a column of workers apparently charging at the police. it turns out that they were running through the only gap in a razor fence that had just been put down and then tear gas thrown into them. so they were trying to get away through the gap when they were mown down. this is around 12 or so...

1. I agree that those who killed workers need to be brought to justice. where is the police 'intelligence' capacity that they cant differentiate these few from the 3000?
2. the media showed us a clip of a column of workers apparently charging at the police. it turns out that they were running through the only gap in a razor fence that had just been put down and then tear gas thrown into them. so they were trying to get away through the gap when they were mown down. this is around 12 or so of the 34 dead.
3> what no TV or newspaper reporter saw, since they were kept in one place by the police, is the majority of the workers being killed: running away behind the 'mountain' to another clump of rocks out of sight of the media. these were shot in the back, and now we hear that some were also run over by Nyalas (giant police vehicles)

there can be no justification for murder. those who killed the 10 must be brought to justice. so too those who gave the instruction to shoot down the strilkers. incidentally the latter have just charged almost 300 strikers with the murder of the 34 (not the 10), on the grounds that they somehow organized their death. those charged are randomly picked - wounded and so unable to run, or rounded up immmediately after the shooting.

Frik Groenewald
Frik Groenewald
  • Barry Bolton

It is a very simple principle (one which I teach my kids) you go and see what started the chain of events. 1) was an illegal strike (They didn't follow the lawful procedure that was put in place to prevent incidents like these to happen. (2) They were armed (How can a protest be peaceful when 99% of the protestors have weapons that can kill (3) The police weren't even 400 strong against 3000+, what would you do in their shoes?

Admittedly any loss of life is sad, but the fact of the matter...

It is a very simple principle (one which I teach my kids) you go and see what started the chain of events. 1) was an illegal strike (They didn't follow the lawful procedure that was put in place to prevent incidents like these to happen. (2) They were armed (How can a protest be peaceful when 99% of the protestors have weapons that can kill (3) The police weren't even 400 strong against 3000+, what would you do in their shoes?

Admittedly any loss of life is sad, but the fact of the matter remains:
1) If the followed the legal route
2) If they left their weapons at home
3) If they protested in an orderly manner the police wouldn't even need to be there

NO one would have died that day, so the root cause is and still remain their actions on that day and the days prior. There is a clear video that shows they shot first, after that I'm sorry all bets are off. As for the journalist "behind" the police line... well I promise you this, if they weren't the mob would have killed them too.

Barry Bolton
Barry Bolton
  • Barry Bolton

So Mr. Anderson.
1 They were on an illegal strike for a couple of days now.
2. Before the cops showed up they killed their own.
3. When the police was sent to monitor them they killed two police officers.
4. So the police decided to control them so that they cant commit any more killings
5. They disobeyed a lawful instruction from the police to stay with in the confined area.
6. When they chose to ignore that request they were warned with rubber bullets and tear gas.
7. AND as the...

So Mr. Anderson.
1 They were on an illegal strike for a couple of days now.
2. Before the cops showed up they killed their own.
3. When the police was sent to monitor them they killed two police officers.
4. So the police decided to control them so that they cant commit any more killings
5. They disobeyed a lawful instruction from the police to stay with in the confined area.
6. When they chose to ignore that request they were warned with rubber bullets and tear gas.
7. AND as the camera evidence already showed they were fired upon by the miners.
8. Pleas provide us proof of the Nyalas that ran over these people other than hearsay

Allison Cassidy
Allison Cassidy
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Barry, I'd agree if what u were saying is the full truth - it's a LOT more complex, and the FULL truth of the 10 people (including two cops) the week before is still not known!! There are wheels within wheels in this very complex scenario, but believe me, these miners live very compromised lives and in this day and age, it's just NOT ACCEPTABLE - what on earth were the cops doing with live ammunition and automatic weapons, and why had they been sent there with them? Go read The murder fields...

Barry, I'd agree if what u were saying is the full truth - it's a LOT more complex, and the FULL truth of the 10 people (including two cops) the week before is still not known!! There are wheels within wheels in this very complex scenario, but believe me, these miners live very compromised lives and in this day and age, it's just NOT ACCEPTABLE - what on earth were the cops doing with live ammunition and automatic weapons, and why had they been sent there with them? Go read The murder fields of Marikana on dailymaverick.co.za - it poses MANY many good questions and gives a hell of a lot of facts that make one feel rather ill.

Jay Dee
Jay Dee

I wrote a comment today over white South Africans being killed and Australia should let them enter Australia. Here it goes on mine workers, which is a very hard job. The police killed 34 mine workers for demonstrating. Platinum as a metal is not very dangerous, but they are not mining the metal, they are mining the salts. That has effects on the body. Some are Allergic reactions of the skin and the mucous membrane, cancer, DNA alterations. Damage to organs, such as intestines, kidneys and...

I wrote a comment today over white South Africans being killed and Australia should let them enter Australia. Here it goes on mine workers, which is a very hard job. The police killed 34 mine workers for demonstrating. Platinum as a metal is not very dangerous, but they are not mining the metal, they are mining the salts. That has effects on the body. Some are Allergic reactions of the skin and the mucous membrane, cancer, DNA alterations. Damage to organs, such as intestines, kidneys and bone marrow. Hearing damage
Finally, a danger of platinum is that it can cause potentiation of the toxicity of other dangerous chemicals in the human body, such as selenium. Words from my knowledge and dictionary.
All for $690 in month, a shame, as again its the plundering from a few "bosses, mine owners " of many wanting to make a living. A life can not be measured in money.

To South Africa, since the end of the Apartheid era, what? Wait! It has not ended, it has just changed forms or am I wrong? Take a good look. What the white minority done to the majority of blacks has turned around, it is the black majority doing it to the white minority, so an art vengeance. No, that is not all, it is black minority against black majority. Exploitation of a race and color that is the same in minority as majority.
Sad and nauseating.-

Christel Zopick
Christel Zopick
  • Jay Dee

These guys earn R9500.00 a month, and they killed 10 people before the saps did inathing including 2 memebers of the saps and 8 of their own, should they not face the law nw, we all agree the conditions are not ideal, but voilence shouldn't be the answer

Nicola Thomson
Nicola Thomson
  • Jay Dee

why single out Australia to take them???????

Jay Dee
Jay Dee
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Because Australia is a big land with few inhabitants. These people will help the economy of Australia grow, as many are young or middle aged. I do believe, they would or will do their part, that they are no burden for Australia. With these immigrants from South Africa, Australia can only win.

Nicola Thomson
Nicola Thomson
  • Jay Dee

Australia has a large yearly intake of immigrants(legal and illegal)..screening of these is very costly and timeconsuming..we DO take them from Africa.A lot of Australia is not suitable for habitation either.

Frik Groenewald
Frik Groenewald
  • Jay Dee

Nicola, I promise you the people that wants to immigrate to Australia is not the slackers of the country, it is people that wants to work, but because of racist laws that is in place are blocked by the government to do so. I fear for my son in first grade future.

Nicola Thomson
Nicola Thomson
  • Jay Dee

I was not implying that they were slackers, just pointing out that all hopeful immigrants are screened as closely as possible.When I applied to come to Australia 30 years ago with my family WE had strict rules too.All governments have the right to approve or disapporove who they will let into their country.

Barry Bolton
Barry Bolton
  • Jay Dee

Jay Dee i like the way you think

Frik Groenewald
Frik Groenewald
  • Jay Dee

So you are a racist then Angus? or am I misunderstanding here...

Cyn Rich
Cyn Rich
  • Jay Dee

Nicely stated, Jay Dee. Bravo ~~~~~ cyn

Gloria N Crystal Montanez
Gloria N Crystal Montanez
  • Jay Dee

why did the police kill these hard working human being?? please it makes no sense, these officer need to pay for this dearly

Mirza Ahmed
Mirza Ahmed

We're all equal as a men.so they should be getting proper wages......

Suresh Chauhan
Suresh Chauhan

Please please be aware that the slave labour conditions that you have been able to get away for so long, will not be tolerated. Imposing your current conditions by force will not work either. Just wake up and become sensible in this global world.

Ernest Vilajosana Dachs

unaltre cop a sudafrica? fins quant?

Taj Rind
Taj Rind

We are with you.

Melida Marin
Melida Marin

INJUSTICIA SOCIAL... NO SE PUEDE PERMITIR MAS HAY QUE HABLAR POR LOS HUMILDES. ESPERO MUCHOS FIRMEMOS.

David Holmes
David Holmes

It is iniquitous that this company should pay their miners in South Africa so much less that they do miners in their other operations, such as Australia. The danger is the same yet you won't find Australian Police murdering mineworkers at the behest of a foreign concern. Then there are the Health and Safety concerns where the South African Miners are expected to work in conditions that would find them in court in other countries for violations of H & S laws. A stop should be put to these...

It is iniquitous that this company should pay their miners in South Africa so much less that they do miners in their other operations, such as Australia. The danger is the same yet you won't find Australian Police murdering mineworkers at the behest of a foreign concern. Then there are the Health and Safety concerns where the South African Miners are expected to work in conditions that would find them in court in other countries for violations of H & S laws. A stop should be put to these practices immediately. Please sign the petition to force the South African Government to protect their workers and make sure they are paid a fair, living wage. Apartheid has been over for close to 2 decades, it is time to recognise that fact.

Robert Mc Alpine
Robert Mc Alpine

I think that you should get your facts straight. After including their housing allowance, and numerous other benefits, they earn in excess of R 12500 per month. I know people who exist on R4500 per month but they don't go around killing people because they don't earn a great deal. Also, these folk who only earn R4500 per month DO NOT spend their money on Blackberries & unnescessary items they cannot afford. The trade unions should be re-visited for their involvement in leading...

I think that you should get your facts straight. After including their housing allowance, and numerous other benefits, they earn in excess of R 12500 per month. I know people who exist on R4500 per month but they don't go around killing people because they don't earn a great deal. Also, these folk who only earn R4500 per month DO NOT spend their money on Blackberries & unnescessary items they cannot afford. The trade unions should be re-visited for their involvement in leading these poor mine workers up the garden path. There's more here than meets the eye !

Tuyen Thanh
Tuyen Thanh

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