As we have said, we are not tolerating any illegal gatherings
Thus spoke South African police spokesman Captain Dennis Adriao, after announcing that rubber bullets and teargas had been fired at protestors in a squatter camp near the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in Rustenburg, which had just re-opened after their closure last week in the face of protests.
The incident followed yesterdays announcement that the Marikana miners would return to work tomorrow, after they accepted a 22% pay rise. Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema claims police threatened to kill him at Wonderkop Stadium when he was denied entry on Monday, when attempting to address the strikers.
Such behaviour by South African police mirrors the role they played under the Apartheid regime, and there can be little surprise that strikers now regard the ANC as the party of the rich.
In a recent video published by the The South African Civil Society Information Service Ighsaan Schroeder, Director of the Casual Workers Advice Office provides some insights into why the strikes that have spread from Lonmin to other mines in the Rustenburg region are being smashed by heavy state repression.