Gold One protesters in court

2012-09-05 12:09
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Johannesburg - The 13 protesters arrested at Gold One's Modder East mine near Springs are expected to appear in the Spring's Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

"They are going to appear in court. The charges are public violence and malicious damage to property," said Captain Johannes Ramphora.

He said the thirteen were arrested on Monday, when four others were shot by mine security using rubber bullets.

The rubber bullets were fired when protesters blocked entrances to the mine.

Gold One chief executive Neal Froneman said on Monday the four former workers were hospitalised but were all discharged in the afternoon following the shooting.

"We initially heard that one of them had been more seriously injured, but all four have now been discharged from hospital," he said.

"Our security staff were forced to take action."

The four men were part of a group of about 60 former employees of Gold One and Pamodzi Gold East Rand who blockaded the main entrance to the mine early on Monday morning.

Froneman said the mine was granted an interdict against protests of this nature in June, and it was still valid. The interdict allowed the police to intervene.

The police tried to persuade the protesters to leave, but used rubber bullets and teargas when they refused to disperse. Access to the mine was re-established in the early afternoon.
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