North West mine atmosphere tense - cops

2012-08-14 12:00
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Johannesburg - A police officer who was injured during violent protests at Lonmin's Marikana mine, in the North West, remained in a critical condition on Tuesday, police said.

Captain Dennis Adriao said police had been working to track down the perpetrators of nine murders since the start of the violence - apparently triggered by union rivalry - on Friday.

Two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men have been killed in the clashes.

Adriao said there were no violent outbreaks overnight and the situation was stable early on Tuesday.

He described the atmosphere as "tense" and said police reinforcements were monitoring the situation.

Lonmin has called for an end to the violence, which started on Friday following an illegal work stoppage and protest march by about 3 000 Lonmin rock drill operators.

Lonmin is expected to address the media on the matter at the LDP offices in Marikana at 11:00.

The violence has been linked to clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, which are reportedly fighting for control of the local mines.

In February, the unions also clashed over membership at Impala Platinum's mines in Rustenburg.
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