Soldiers deployed in Marikana

2012-09-15 19:36
Miners look up at a South Africa National Defence Force Oryx helicopter in Marikana near the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Miners look up at a South Africa National Defence Force Oryx helicopter in Marikana near the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Marikana police raid

2012-09-15 15:25

Watch police fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse workers at Lonmin Marikana mine after raiding hostels and seizing traditional weapons.WATCH

Johannesburg - At least a thousand soldiers were deployed in Marikana on Saturday evening, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said.

"The soldiers were deployed at the request of the police to support them in their operation,' said SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga.

Mabanga said the soldiers sent to Marikana included members from the air force, the army, and the military health services.

Earlier on Saturday, police fired rubber bullets to disperse striking mineworkers who had gathered in Nkaneng informal settlement in Wonderkop.

Twelve people were arrested during a raid at Lonmin mine's Karee hostel, and pangas, knobkerries and other dangerous weapons were seized.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  mahikeng  |  labour  |  mining  |  mining unrest

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