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7:52:43 am Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday more than 30 miners were shot dead by the police. ”Police did everything they could… but people [miners] said they were not leaving and are prepared to fight,” he said in an interview with Talk Radio 702.
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#Lonmin 6 days, 46 dead tinyurl.com/cj8f5pl
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NUM Sec Gen Frans Baleni now on the show, telling us 36 have been killed #Lonmin.
"From amongst the crowd, people opened fire on police and the police retaliated," he said in earlier comments re-broadcast on the same station.
Police crime scene investigators combed over the site of the shooting, which was cordoned off with yellow tape, collecting spent cartridges and bloodstained traditional weapons like machetes and spears which were carried by the slain miners. They said firearms were also recovered at the scene.
Mthethwa defended the police, saying officers had come under fire from the miners, members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), an upstart group that is challenging the 25-year dominance of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a close ally of the ruling ANC.
Originally posted by VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep
The volatile situation coupled with the fact that the cops was outnumbered 10 to 1, probably all contributed to this tragic event.
Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum producer, has threatened to sack 3,000 rock drill operators if they fail to end a wildcat pay strike that started on Friday at its flagship mine Marikana.
On Wednesday, up to 3,000 police officers, including members of an elite, camouflage-wearing riot control unit backed by helicopters and horses, confronted the striking rock-drill operators, but there were no clashes.
Camo are the Special Task force
Black are the TRT , tactical response team
Berets are the NIU, national intervention unit
Originally posted by KaelemJames
I ask myself: could i (you) have walked up that hill, where these protestors were "sitting", and walk away with no harm being done to us?
Mail & Guardian @MG_Reporter
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa calls on President Zuma to to institute a commission of inquiry to investigate the conduct of the police.
#Lonmin New police commissioner Riah Phiyega confirms 34 dead and 78 injured.
#Lonmin Phiyega says one of guns found in the possession of slain protesters belonged to police officer killed in clashes.
#lonmin Phiyega: More than 200 people have been arrested for various crimes.