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Calm - for now - at North West mine

2012-08-15 07:27

Johannesburg - No incidents were reported at the violence-stricken Marikana mine in the North West overnight, police said on Wednesday morning.

"Police have been monitoring the situation at the mine throughout Tuesday night," Captain Dennis Adriao said.

"We have not received any reports of violence or deaths."

Violence had erupted when thousands of Lonmin rock drill operators started an illegal work stoppage and protest march on Friday.

A tenth body was discovered at the mine on Tuesday.

A Sapa reporter who was on the scene said the body was lying face upwards 100m away from a hilltop where workers gathered earlier on Tuesday.

The man was wearing khaki clothes.

Nine other people - two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men - have been killed in the violent protests since Friday.

Adriao said no arrests have been made yet.

Police would be in a position to give a more detailed update later on Wednesday morning, he said.

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Comments
  • antionette.leroux - 2012-08-15 09:04

    One would think that the human race as learnt through the ages that violence does not solve ANYTHING - ??????

      Danny Hlakong - 2012-08-15 09:46

      Imagine around Lonmin there still company that pays people R12.29 per hour.

      kent.UrbanRebels - 2012-08-15 10:35

      Tell that to the USA government(Dick-tators)...

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-15 09:52

    Thank heavens for that!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 11:32

    Seeing how this mine is a BEE business and seeing where these poor workers have to live, I can't help but wonder why it is that they are treating their brothers so badly.Treating people badly apparently doesn't belong to one colour only.

  • thabiso.mmoledi.77 - 2012-08-17 07:23

    I salute our brave police for restoring order to the mine and upholding the law. Yes,casualties are there but the swift reaction of the men-in-blue has brought calm to the volatile situation in Marikana. Miners thought they could get away with murdering Police and their very own only to be felled by live bullets. Intimidating and chanting war songs,brandishing weapons has brought shame to their genuine grieviences. Police,continue teaching them a lesson! Send them to their creator!

  • thabiso.mmoledi.77 - 2012-08-17 07:23

    I salute our brave police for restoring order to the mine and upholding the law. Yes,casualties are there but the swift reaction of the men-in-blue has brought calm to the volatile situation in Marikana. Miners thought they could get away with murdering Police and their very own only to be felled by live bullets. Intimidating and chanting war songs,brandishing weapons has brought shame to their genuine grieviences. Police,continue teaching them a lesson! Send them to their creator!

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