Marikana: four more arrested

2012-10-24 11:08

Police have made four new arrests in connection with killings during a labour dispute at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.

The latest arrests take the number of civilians being held over the killings to eight.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the four were arrested yesterday at a police checkpoint in the mining town.

Last week up to 4 000 workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana downed tools for a day over alleged police harassment after the arrest of four more of their colleagues.

Ten people, including two policemen, were killed during a wildcat strike, before police moved in and shot dead 34 protesting miners in chilling scenes reminiscent of apartheid brutality.

Three other people, including two unionists and a local government councillor, have since been killed in the dusty mining town.

Ngubane said all those arrested are mineworkers and “they are facing murder” charges.

An investigation has been opened into the deadly violence – focusing especially on the killing of the 34 miners by police.

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