S. African police fire at striking miners, several killed
Eye witness accounts report up to seven bodies lying on the ground after local police opened fire on striking miners, it’s thought some of those protesting were armed with machetes and spears.
Violent clashes have so far killed at least 9 in the mining town, lying North West of Johannesburg. Owned by Lonmin plc, the platinum mine has been the centre of protests since last Friday, with a stand-off originating over wage disputes.
Fighting intensified over the weekend when two police officers were killed- striking workers and local security guards have also been caught up in the violence.
On Thursday demonstrators were joined by a group of women pledging to stand by their husbands as they fight for better pay.
A miner runs as they were shot at by the police outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)