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glencoreNews24 reports that eight people were shot and injured during a legal march, after a private security company fired rubber bullets at a group protesting outside a smelter in Marikana on Tuesday.  

The protest took place at Wonderkop Smelter, a Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture operation near Rustenburg.  "While the march was busy, a private security firm fired shots at the protesters.  One of the allegations is that they tried to gain access or blocked the road," a police spokesperson indicated.  Reports that stun grenades were used to disperse the crowd could not be confirmed.  Glencore said in a statement that the community of Wonderkop Village had been demanding employment from the operation.  According to the company, the protesters had been aggressive, assaulting security personnel and pelting them with stones.  The company claimed the injuries were minor.

  • Read this report by Iavan Pijoos in full at News24


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