The strikers went out to battle. They made that choice. Why else did they go to a sangoma who promised to make the police bullets turn to water before they reached them...?
I am sick of violent strikes, intimidation and thuggery.
The more I see, the more I actually would prefer living in a place like China where the citizens, who actually have no fcking clue what they are talking about most of the time, are told what they can or cannot do and if they do not listen they get dealt with firmly and quickly
The sangoma was hiding behind the hill, dispensing "bullet-proof" medicine. Uneducated miners from the bush will believe anything. R 12500 a month from the Union too, but no-one knows from whence this money will come
Anyone who has ever been tear gassed will tell you, you don't hang about, you run, and worse still, you run blindly 'cos you can't see. The more I watch the clips, the more I am convinced that that's exactly what happened.
I also have to add, those SAPS weapons were on automatic... Maybe things have changed (a lot) but I was trained to fire on semi-automatic only back in my SADF days. The key word there is trained. When you heard "cease fire" you stopped firing. The officers at Lonmin seemed to have forgotten that or not known that in the first place... You can hear four or five voices shouting cease fire while the shooting continues.
IMO sad day for us and I think it'll get sadder when the enquiries results are in.
Last edited by greg0205; 18-08-2012 at 05:39 PM.
yip, this probably a consumer commission issue
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