North West mine atmosphere tense - cops

2012-08-14 12:00

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.

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-08-14 12:28

    Don't allow them to get to closes to attack security or police , SHOOT THEM with live ammunition.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-14 12:38

    Sounds like the South African version of the Young and the Restless - The Unions and the Unrest!! The situation is totally unacceptable for innocent people are getting killed due to greed and sick ambition of union bosses! If you hear what is going on there (from people who are there) it sounds like these guys are preparing for war!! What is frightening though, is that protest actions are becoming more and more violent! How many people must die before there will be proper services, text books in schools, no more rapes, no more murders, enough work for all. Who cares, except most ordinary citizens?

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 12:42

    Man you have got to love the unions. The leaders sit in luxury raking in the cash whilst all around them unemployment is at 25%, people are destroying their surrounds and now killing each other. And they claim to be champions of the working class. Hhahahahaha.

      Willie - 2012-08-14 13:17

      Good point, arrest the leaders

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-08-14 13:15

    This is not expected to Unionists.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 14:34

    Bomb by grid square and start from scratch. This time - no unions.

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