4 arrested after clash at Amplats

2012-10-13 19:31
Amplats striker. (Picture: AFP)

Amplats striker. (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Four people were arrested following a violent clash overnight with protesters near an Anglo American Platinum shaft in Rustenburg, about 120 km northwest of Johannesburg, police said on Saturday.

Police and protesters clashed overnight near an Anglo American Platinum shaft, police said on Saturday, as crippling labour unrest shows no sign of ending.

Police said in a statement officers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse about 1 000 protesters who were marching on Friday night toward the Amplats' Khomanani 1 shaft near Rustenburg, about 120km northwest of Johannesburg.

The crowd responded with petrol bombs, damaging one police vehicle, police said. 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 16 August.

List of grievances

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

"We are here, we are at Impala," Lesiba Seshoka, a spokespersonman for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.
Seshoka put the number of marchers at 2 000, but the SABC said the number was closer to 600.

The weeks of strikes have undermined confidence in Africa's biggest economy and the government of President Jacob Zuma, which critics say has been slow to respond.

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch on Friday to BBB with a negative outlook, saying the strikes and social tensions could reduce fiscal flexibility and hurt growth.

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