Rustenburg - Six people have been
arrested following violent protests at the Lonmin [JSE:LON] platinum
mine in Marikana, Rustenburg police said on Thursday.
"They were arrested for various
incidents of intimidation," Liutenant-General Zukiswa Mbombo
Police made the arrests between Monday
and Wednesday night. The suspects were expected to appear in court on
Mbombo said on Thursday that the police
wanted to bring an end to the violence in the area.
"Today (Thursday) we are going to
disperse those people."
She said the intention was to disperse
them peacefully, but did not say what police would do if the group
A group of men armed with pangas, iron
rods and knobkerries was gathered at the top of a hill, in Wonderkop,
near the mine, at 8am on Thursday.
They vowed not to move until their pay
was raised to R12 500 a month.
Lonmin rock-drill operators embarked on
an illegal strike and protest march on Friday.
Ten people - two police officers, two
security guards, three protesters and three other men - have been
killed since the strike began.
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