Order, stability and peace are non-negotiable: Phiyega


May 14, 2014: Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega address the media at the Marikana police station, on the deployment of security forces in the platinum mining belt.

RUSTENBURG - Bringing stability to Marikana is non-negotiable, National Police Commissioner, Riha Phiyega has said.

The police&39;s top brass addressed the media on the deployment of security forces at Marikana in the North West.

They refuted claims that police in the area were afraid to act, following the 2012 incident that saw 34 miners shot dead by police.  

"This cluster has endured a lot of pressure over a long period," Phiyega said, referring to the local Marikana police station and the ongoing tense situation in the mining area, adding that the solution doesn&39;t just lie with the police.

Police today have been monitoring the platinum belt closely, where Amcu members gathered for an address from their leaders.

Miners in the area have been on strike for four months now. Some of those who&39;ve returned to work have allegedly been threatened.

Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa opened the briefing by saying the SAPS was concerned that there seemed to be no resolution to the end of the strike in the platinum sector.

Mthethwa said the SAPS would protect miners who wanted to return to work, as well as those who chose to continue striking.

"We must distinguish between the right of workers, and the right of everybody to protest, which is enshrined in the constitution," Mthethwa said. 

"But we must distinguish that with anarchy... and anarchy is what is not going to be accepted," he added.

He appealed to mineworkers to report any incidences of intimidation, and issued a firm warning to people who take the law into their hands.

"We will pursue, by all the might we have, those who are involved in criminal acts, whether they are disguised as industrial action or what-have-you, but if you do that and cross the line, we will be on your case," Mthethwa warned.

Phiyega then backed this up by vehemently stating that "order, stability and peace are non-negotiable."

She said that all security forces would collaborate and ensure that they work together -- that mining security and the SAPS would combine forces and leverage each other&39;s capacity.