3,000 Xhosa-speaking mineworkers also chase out 100 African foreign shopkeepers… cops deny it’s ‘xenophobia’…
3 000 mineworkers at Implats: chase off, terrorise 100 black-African shopkeepers:
Rustenburg, Impala Platinum Mine, Lonmin: - Nearly 100 foreign business owners have been "displaced" SA police say, after their shops were "looted and vandalised" during a "strike" by (Xhosa-speaking) miners at the Impala mine in Phokeng, North West police said on Sunday.
"Approximately 32 shops were looted, belonging mostly to foreign nationals in close proximity to Freemanville, close to Impala mine," said police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane. He vehemently denied that it was in any way 'xenophobic'.
"The owners are now staying with friends and relatives in Ziniaville, Rustenburg," he said.Numerous cases have been opened with charges ranging from malicious damage to property to theft.
"Close to 130 suspects have been arrested on numerous counts including illegal gathering and they have spent the weekend in Phokeng holding cells," he said. Those under arrest were expected to appear in the Phokeng Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Ngubane said not all business owners who had been affected had opened cases.
He said the situation at the Impala mine and Freedom Park was that all local businesses belonging to foreigners in Freedom Park now were destroyed.
NO THIS IS NOT XENOPHOBIA BUT ONLY FOREIGNERS WERE ATTACKED:
-He denied that the attacks were xenophobic, copying the propaganda-claims made by the strikers: saying that 'the violence had been targeted at businesses, rather than the foreigners WHO HAVE A MONOPOLY ON SHOPS IN THE AREA.'
On Saturday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) urged strikers to return to work. Implats has already agreed to re-employ 17,200 (of the Xhosa speaking, see story attached) workers who were dismissed for striking illegally. Most of these workers are Xhosa-speakers from the Eastern Cape. In Rustenburg there's widespread unrest about the fact that local workers are ignored by the company - which instead trucks in large numbers of workers from the Eastern Cape, all Xhosa-speakers. That's why there have been so many riots and protests - and on February 18 2012 at a roadblock mounted by this job-rights protestors, an Afrikaans woman was dragged from her car and raped 'IN REVENGE'. (see attacked article).
The National Union of Mineworkers, whose leadership are Xhosas and card-carrying members of the ruling ANC, describes the job-rights protestors as 'anti-revolutionary forces from in and around Rustenburg:
The NUM issued a statement on February 19 20122 in which they appealed to its members to "disregard advice from anti-revolutionary forces in and around Rustenburg", Seshoka said.
"The NUM strongly condemns the violent behaviour demonstrated by criminal elements taking advantage of the volatile situation and appeals for calm as well as to the law enforcement agencies to make decisive intervention whenever violence raises its ugly head," he said.