The question is who owns Lonmin mine, and who founded it?
It's easy to say this is a "South African" issue, but its ownership has been censored by the BBC and other holier than thou "Western" channels.
There's a lot of debate about the violence that happened, firstly violence between two unions, and the killing and mutilation of two security guards
and police by miners.
There was also a misrepresentation on how much the miners actually earned.
Then there's an issue of the armed crowd, the sangomas (witchdoctors) and others who helped to incite the violence.
Largely there's a police chief who gave the orders, and who even at her appointment by the ANC was considered totally inept and unqualified.
Her reasoning for being appointed police chief without any qualifications was that "you don't need to own a bottle-store to be an alcoholic".
Was she set up, after ANC stalwart and former police commissioner and the head of Interpol Jackie Selebi was jailed for corruption (seemingly with
drug lords) and released on medical grounds, and then Cele was also fired for corruption?
However, it's totally unacceptable to charge this amount of people under a dated law by an ANC state that once decried it.
There have been no individual charges made public, and the rights of these people to a speedy trial have been seriously compromised.
The latest seems that 270 people are charged under some obscure "common purpose" law.
I'm actually quite shocked on the latest, because I really thought both sides would cut their losses, and avoid an international incident.
Not so however, and I'm sure the state can now expect further charges against their cops on the scene (already laid by Julius Malema) and charges of
illegal arrest, torture, denying medicine and so forth.
The ministers don't care - they won't pay a cent in any case.
The SA taxpayer will foot the bill for their genocidal incompetence.
Most concerning to me, the jailed miners have been denied TB and HIV medicine in prison, which could have serious consequences for creating and
spreading multi-drug resistant TB.
There's been talk of charging the police ministers as well, and the handling of the situation with these legally questionable detentions are just more
egg on the face of prosecutors who should be fired, and a system that clearly cannot cope, and ANC ministers who should be arrested and brought to the
Hague on charges for crimes against humanity.
Let the whole world see what is going on in SA!
edit on 30-8-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)