Two die in South Africa strike violence
Thursday 20 September 2012
Two people have died after clashes between police and striking miners in South Africa, including a local councillor who was apparently an innocent bystander.
African National Congress councillor Paulina Masuhlo was shopping on Saturday in the Wonderkop shantytown, where many miners live, when police firing from an armoured car hit several women.
Ms Masuhlo was hit in the abdomen and leg and rushed to hospital, where she died yesterday, the Cosatu union said.
Police said they raided the township to disarm striking workers from the Lonmin platinum mine after the government ordered a crackdown.
Also yesterday, police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at the Amplats mines near Rustenburg, belonging to Anglo American Platinum, the world's largest platinum producer.
Amplats strike leader Evans Ramokga said a miner was run over by a police armoured car and dragged several yards before it stopped. He said the man died overnight in hospital.
Cosatu has condemned the brutality of police over the violence, which flared up after the August 16 shootings of 112 striking miners that left 34 dead.
The latest deaths, both north west of Johannesburg, bring the death toll to 47.
Lonmin on Tuesday resolved its five-week strike by agreeing to pay raises of up to 22%.
Union leaders said that sets a precedent for other miners to join demands for better wages. The strike has spread to several gold, platinum and chrome mines, damaging investor confidence in the country that produces 75% of world platinum needs, and is the fourth biggest chrome producer and in the top 10 of gold producers.
Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Wreckage could be found within a week as search reaches 'very critical juncture', says minister
South Korea ferry disaster: Released transcripts show chaos and confusion in the moments before ferry sinks
Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 How We Met: Alison Moyet & Emma Kennedy: 'I knew we'd be friends because she was happy to make a prat of herself'
£130 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Secondary Geography Teacher Lo...
£55 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Are you a dynamic and energeti...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: SEN TAs, LSAs and Support Workers needed...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Sheffield office of this...