19 held in North West

Nineteen people were arrested for public violence in Bapong in North West province following protests against a local mine, provincial police said on Tuesday.

The arrests were made on Monday evening, when a number of vehicles, including police cars, were damaged, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

“We will not be taking police cars into the area again, we will rather use armoured riot vehicles,” he said.

Thirteen people were arrested at the weekend after blocking the road between Pretoria and Sun City. Residents began protesting on Sunday night against Lonmin employment policies at its Marikana mine.

The community wanted the company to employ local workers and help develop the town. Protesters barricaded roads and threw stones at police cars.

The SABC reported that Lonmin disputed allegations that the mine was abdicating its social responsibilities. It said community representatives were currently in talks with mine management. – Sapa

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