Protesters vow to keep up action against mines

2015-07-20 18:42

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Pretoria - Another four buses, including a Mega Bus, were burnt at Ga-Mampuru near Burgersfort when protesting residents vented their frustration at local mines over unemployment and allegations of exploitation in Limpopo’s prime platinum mining region.

Residents of Ga-Mampuru and Phasha villages have been protesting for the past two weeks, demanding that mining development should correspond with development in their area.

They have been barricading the R555 road between Eerste Geluk and Burgersfort with burning tyres. Six trucks and two minibus taxis transporting mineworkers were also set alight. 

Among their demands is a call for government to upgrade a gravel road - which they say is tearing apart their vehicles - to a tarred road. The poor surface also delays paramedics called to respond to emergencies, the protesters claimed.

The government has since appointed a contractor to start tarring the road that stretches from the shoulder of Ga-Mampuru towards Steelpoort.

But now residents said they were targeting the mines because the mines are not assisting in community development and have failed to employ local people.

Mampuru Community Forum leader Skhalo Motubatse told News24 that four vehicles were set alight when they were picking up mineworkers on Sunday evening. Twelve people have been arrested.

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