Monday, September 3, 2012

South African Miners in Fresh Clashes

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Four people were wounded, one critically, when violence erupted Monday between protesters and security officers outside a South African mine, police said.

The outbreak at the Modder East gold mine in Springs, South Africa, follows a deadly clash between police and striking workers at a different mine on August 16. In that incident, at the Lonmin PLC platinum mine in Marikana, 34 people died.

On Monday, a judge released 47 of the 270 miners detained in that incident.

Monday's clash at Gold One's Modder East Mine occurred after former employees staged a protest outside the mine's gates, Johannesburg police Capt. Pinky Tsinyane said.

Protesters threw rocks at vehicles trying to enter the mine complex about 24 miles (38 kilometers) east of Johannesburg and refused orders to disperse, Gold One said in a statement. Officers intervened with rubber bullets and tear gas, Gold One said. Read More