Govt acts on mine violence

By Drum Digital
14 September 2012

Government will no longer tolerate the violence, threats and intimidation taking place in the mining sector, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe warned on Friday.

Speaking in Pretoria, he announced law enforcement agencies would start clamping down on the carrying of dangerous weapons by striking miners, as well as the arrest of those inciting violence.

"The South African government has noted and is deeply concerned with the amount of violence, threats and intimidation that is taking place in our country, particularly in the mining industry.

"These acts... clearly undermine our government's efforts of ensuring economic and security stability," Radebe said.

Government recognised that if the current situation continued unabated, "it will make it even harder to overcome our challenges of low economic growth and high unemployment".

"Our government will not tolerate these acts any further."

He announced measures to be put in place to ensure the situation was brought under control.

These included that "illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons, and incitement, as well as threats of violence against anyone in the affected areas, will be dealt with accordingly".

Radebe said law enforcement agencies "will not hesitate to arrest those who have been found to have contravened the law".

Government was making a "clarion call" on all South Africans to desist from such illegal acts.

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