Chaos in Marikana as police disarm striking workers

2012-09-15 08:15

Police have stepped up efforts to disarm striking Lonmin workers in Marikana.

Rubber bullets were fired at groups of striking Lonmin workers immediately after police confiscated knobkerries.

Angry workers have regrouped following this morning’s blitz by about half a dozen police nyalas.

Ward councillor Nelson Mpongwana said police were arrogant when he tried to ask why they were shooting the workers around the Nkaneng informal settlement.

“They told me they were instructed by the Marikana police station to come and shoot people,” Mpongwana said.

He was referred to the local police station by the commander leading the raid.

Workers are blaming President Jacob Zuma for the police’s action.

“Makasibulale asigqibe (He must kill all of us),” said one angry worker.

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