Four arrested after protesters clash with police at Amplats

2012-10-13 14:06

Four people were arrested following a violent clash overnight with protesters near an Anglo American Platinum shaft in Rustenburg, police have said.

Officers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse about 1 000 protesters who were marching last night toward the Khomanani 1 shaft, police said today.

The crowd responded with petrol bombs, damaging one police vehicle. There were no reports of injuries.

Large parts of the platinum and gold mining industry have been brought to a standstill by wildcat strikes that started in early August and intensified after the police killing of 34 strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine on August 16.

Hundreds of miners marched on the headquarters of Impala Platinum in Johannesburg today to deliver a list of grievances to the company.

“We are here, we are at Impala,” Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said by telephone, as fellow miners cheered and chanted in the background.

Seshoka put the number of marchers at 2 000, but the SABC said the number was closer to 600.

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