Weapons seized on Marikana bus

2013-08-16 22:42
Mine workers march past the mine before a memorial service gets under way, near the Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, Friday Aug. 16, 2013. A year ago, police opened fire on striking platinum miners killing 34 and injuring 78. The kil

Mine workers march past the mine before a memorial service gets under way, near the Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, Friday Aug. 16, 2013. A year ago, police opened fire on striking platinum miners killing 34 and injuring 78. The kil

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Johannesburg - Traditional weapons were confiscated from passengers in a bus en route to Marikana commemorations, North West police said on Friday.

"People in a bus from the Impala Platinum Mine were found to be in possession of approximately 100 traditional weapons, which were confiscated," police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said in a statement.

The bus was on its way to the commemoration event taking place in Marikana near Rustenburg where 44 people were killed during a wage-related strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Thirty-four miners were killed on 16 August last year when police fired on them while trying to disperse and disarm them.

Another 10 people were killed in strike-related violence in the preceding week.

Groups of people who entered the venue with weapons were also stopped and asked to hand them over to police, said Ngubane.

"The police will continue to monitor the situation and again we call for calm from all parties and participants."

Read more on:    lonmin  |  impala platinum  |  mahikeng  |  marikana anniversary

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