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RBPlatMining Weekly reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Thursday said a person was killed after a group of more than 100 protestors – including former employees and unknown persons – attempted to gain unlawful access to its North shaft on Wednesday evening.  

The premises, near Rustenburg, were locked and secured by mine security personnel, who sought to disperse the crowd, using rubber bullets and paintballs.  During the course of the incident an individual within the crowd was shot and killed by live ammunition.  “Based on preliminary evidence, including video footage, it is believed that the shooting was from within the group of protestors.  The deceased was not employed by RBPlat,” the company stated.  The matter is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the SAPS.  During the incident, the protestors set fire to a conveyor belt, of which 200 m was burnt, while a boom gate and a guard house were also damaged.  According to RBPlat, the protest by community members stemmed from the dismissal of 14 employees in December, following unprotected industrial action, which included threats against other employees and damage to property that ensued when services to a number of homes in the nearby Waterkloof Estate were erroneously suspended by the local municipality.

  • Read this report in full at Mining Weekly
  • Read too, Royal Bafokeng Platinum urges calm after killing of protester at shaft, at BusinessLive

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