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Six killed in Lonmin violence - NUM

Frans Baleni
13 August 2012

Union calls for the deployment of special task team or the SANDF

NUM calls for a Special Task Force in the mines

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) condemns in the strongest possible words the continuous killings of innocent poor mineworkers in Rustenburg. The NUM is alarmed that the situation in the platinum mines and its escalating violence has been allowed to continue unabated by the law enforcement agencies in that area in North West Province.

Six people which includes two members of the South African Police Services, two miners and two members of the mine security team have died in the senseless violence ravaging Lonmin. One of the two workers was stabbed whilst inside the mine premises last night whilst the other was shot five times this morning. The two members of the mine security were shot at whilst one of their cars was burnt down.

"We call for the deployment of a special task force or the SANDF to deal decisively with the criminal elements in Rustenburg and its surrounding mines" says Frans Baleni, the NUM General Secretary.

Meanwhile, some police officers have reportedly been disarmed of their service rifles and a huge group of these criminals has been seen gathering at the mountain top near Karee mine for a possible attack tonight.

"We appeal for the deployment of the Special Task Force as a matter of urgency before things run out of hand. For months on end we have argued that the situation in Rustenburg requires special intervention and we seeing no difference" says Baleni.

The NUM maintains that there has not been any clashes between its members and members of a rival union. "Our members have been attacked and that cannot be said to be clashes or rivalry, it is pure criminality" says Baleni. Meanwhile, there has not been any work at Karee mine today.

Statement issued by Frans Baleni, NUM General Secretary, August 13 2012

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Third Force
Wonder if its the same ones who were going to make the country "ungovernable"... fortunately RSA has Zuma as President and will deal with the miscreants decisively...

by . on August 13 2012, 20:39
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this is fascinating
NUM calling for SANDF involvement.
were't these atavars furious, catatonic, and spitting bile when the DA called for SANDF help in trying to solve the drugs problem in cape Town suburbs.

Doublespeak rearing its head again amongst the non . .more

by Plutarch on August 13 2012, 20:41
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@.
personally I think Zuma is doing a great job at making the country ungovernable.
Under his watch we have three failed provinces. a total farce in Limpopo where he is too cowardly to act as you say, decisively. and a cesspit called Zumaville which is . .more

by . on August 13 2012, 21:16
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@.

Tongue in cheek.....hahaha!

by DM on August 13 2012, 22:26
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by . on August 13 2012 21:16
Fakester

by . on August 13 2012, 22:51
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Yawn they are so predictable
Murder rape murder rape murder rape ...

by Shocking lot on August 13 2012, 23:24
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Zuma for emperor
My support for the zulu faction is unquestioned.
We need discipline in the ANC.
Vote Zuma; vote discipline

by . on August 14 2012, 07:47
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2>
I am "." nothing more, nothing less, feel free to use "dot" but if you use "." you are a fakester.

there is no copyright on any symbol.
Your outrageous sophistry and misunderstanding of ownership reveals you for the arrogant and pompous . .more

by . on August 14 2012, 07:56
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@ ALL THE DOTS OUT THERE
hay dot

if you have any information on wrong doing please go through the proper channels.

this is a democracy you know where law and order is upheld.


by Eddie on August 14 2012, 09:00
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Six killed
Only difference between us and the rest of Africa is that we count the dead.
Now they have to figure out a way to blame management ......bloody whiteys.


by Ja well no fine on August 14 2012, 13:29
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by . on August 14 2012, 07:56
Fakester

by . on August 14 2012, 14:30
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@.not the fakester
@. Why not just use 'dotty' it's more apt!

by cynical is good on August 14 2012, 16:34
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@.
You use the fakester butcannot prove ownership of that which you claim.
This is true fakery--- to claim possession of that which cannot be possessed.
it is you who is the real fake

by . on August 14 2012, 18:25
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