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Call to jail bad Brad

By Luzuko Pongoma | Nov 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

THE National Union of Mineworkers has called for the immediate arrest of ex-Big Brother star and security manager at Aurora mine, Bradford Wood.

The call was echoed by the widow of one of the men, who died when Wood and others opened fire on them underground at the Aurora mine in Springs on August 9 this year.

One of the survivors of the shooting also called for Wood to be arrested and charged.

Yesterday morning Wood told talk-show host John Robbie on 702 Radio that he was solely responsible for the death of the four miners who died. He said the police should not charge the other people implicated and that he was the one who did the shooting.

The story of the killings was first reported in Sowetan on August 12.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said: "The necessary justice must take place. Police must arrest him now and haul him before the court as a matter of urgency."

Ronica Khoriyo, widow of Stanley Chitokwana, one of the dead illegal miners, said: "My husband is dead and we are suffering and they are still outside with their families. We are worried that because we are foreigners we will not get justice."

One of the survivors said Wood should be jailed like them.

"We were arrested and spent time in jail. Why are they still outside? Is it because they are white and we are black?"

He disputed that Wood was the only one with a gun and said his four accomplices had also been armed. He also denied that the illegal miners had guns.

"If we had guns why did Brad and his people not get hurt?" he asked.

Five people are expected to turn themselves in to the police on Monday. They will be charged with four counts of murder and six of attempted murder.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini remained adamant yesterday that the five people had a case to answer.

The police have refused to answer questions, including how many people were carrying guns the day they entered the shaft.

Seshoka accused the police and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)of favouritism.

"If it were a normal citizen from a shanty township he would be in jail. We are happy that people will finally be charged but disappointed that it took so long.

"We hope this is not a public relations excise by the NPA so that they can be seen doing something and later drop the charges," he said.

Seshoka said the union would decide today whether to protest outside the court on Monday.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the five people were expected to appear in the Benoni magistrate's court on Monday.

COMMENTS [ 15 ]

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South Africa belongs to all who live in it. That is what our constitution says:

All life is important.
NPA and police, you are to protect and serve the people of Azania.

I am pleading with you... do your job.
Arrest the white supremists hooligans

Nov 26, 2010 8:8 | 0 replies

Get rid of the rubish, Brad. We have enough problems as it is. We need permanent solutions.

Nov 26, 2010 12:22 | 0 replies

Kill the baasteds, Brad. We have enough problems as it is. We need permanent solutions.

Nov 26, 2010 12:17 | 0 replies

@Baleli

Your right! Everyone is quick to jump on the Racism Wagon. It's not about your skin color, its about money and connections. How many days has Jackie Selebi spent in jail? Dis Shabir serve his sentence, Glenn has been acquitted of charges. Three different races, all connected politically and with money!

Nov 26, 2010 11:39 | 0 replies

O..please people. Get over yourselves. This man is not even popular in the "white" communities. He must have friends/links with important people/leaders. He was pushed aside by "white" people cos of his attitude/doings.

The remarks like "us", "them," "our people" etc. rather reflect on the one minded people who are making them. If this man is guilty he must for once and all be stopped from his actions. He is always in the news for the wrong reasons. Now that there are "black" people involved it is suddenly a race issue. The whites were complaining for years, but he always manage to stay a float. Where were the complainers than in support??? I suspect he is a uncontrollable person with heavy connections. This time, if he is guilty, he must go down!!!

Nov 26, 2010 11:6 | 0 replies

Arrest him and lock him away. People like this are a burden on the society we are trying to create. Yes we have unacceptably high levels of crime in this country but Brad and his ilk are not the solution. The miners should probably have been arrested for trespass but that is it.

Nov 26, 2010 10:50 | 0 replies

but i dont understand if it was darkie wat hat die white man ge sket the would nt want to understand but just because

Nov 26, 2010 9:56 | 0 replies

This dude was supposed to have been arrested long time ago, I am just surprised that he is on the outside - is this how we value an African life in South Africa???
Black people were mascred, shot and killed in cold blood and the murderers are roaming the streets and have celebrity status in their social circles - An Indian brought his new wife to South Africa to kill for insurance money and the killers were brought to justice before dawn.
Why can't we protect our own?? Why are our lives, our safety, our security and our dignity taken for granted even after post 1994??
I wonder what would the justice minister together with the NPA's director if they were to meet today - OR Tambo, Chris Hani, Walter Sisulu, Steve Biko et al. - I just wonder how they would justify the current justice system with relation to the dignity of black people living in South African our beloved country!!!

Nov 26, 2010 9:52 | 0 replies

I hope this blog is ot going to turn out to be a racial thing. We have a way of just attacking each other and we resolve nothing.
Unfortunately, justice in this country is for those that are rich and have connections. So many people out there are free because the state did not do their job.

Nov 26, 2010 9:1 | 0 replies

What if the DA win the elections and become the ruling party?

Nov 26, 2010 8:38 | 0 replies

Die bass is nog die bass in SA, you come tell me that we are in power, in power my foot.

Nov 26, 2010 8:21 | 0 replies