Marikana violence flares up - report

2014-05-13 17:51
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Mahikeng – Protesters from the Lonmin mine on the platinum belt on Tuesday burnt down shops in Marikan, an AFP photographer reported.

Around 60 people set fire to shops and marched in an informal settlement next to the mine, brandishing clubs and axes.

Striking platinum miners have been given an ultimatum to return to work on Wednesday and police were on Tuesday deployed to the area in large numbers.

SABC News has tweeted since that police have fired rubber bullets to restore order.

Jacaranda FM said 15 people had been arrested after the allegedly stoned police.

According to Eyewitness News, residents appear to be angry over underground blasting which took place earlier at another mine.

EWN tweeted that a police Nyala has managed to clear the main road, adding that miners have started gathering at a different location.

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