October 23, 2014

Violence at another South Africa mine leaves four wounded

Violence at another mine in South Africa has left four people wounded, one critically, when protesting workers and security officers clashed, police said.

CNN reported that the outbreak at the Modder East gold mine in Springs, South Africa where former employees staged a protest outside the mine’s gates.

Johannesburg police Capt. Pinky Tsinyane said the protesters had thrown rocks at vehicles trying to enter the mine complex and ignored orders to disperse.

The officers then responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the protesters. While the company says the police officers were from the South Africa Police Service, Tsinyane told reporters that the officers involved were security employed by the mine.

The gold mine violence follows the deadly clash between police and striking workers at the Lonmin PLC platinum mine in Marikana where police killed 34 miners and arrested 270 others.

It was only on Monday that the judge released 47 of the 270 miners who had all previously been charged with the murders of their colleagues under an apartheid-era law.

The 47 miners appeared in the Garankuwa Magistrates Court outside the capital of Pretoria and were ordered released, the CNN reported. More are expected to appear in court on Thursday.

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