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S.African miners to lay murder charges against police

Representatives of 12,000 fired Anglo American Platinum workers in South Africa will lay murder charges after a colleague was killed in clashes with police, a leader said.

‘What we want to do tomorrow is to open a case against the SAPS (South African Police Service),’ said George Tyobela, a worker representative.

A man workers identified as Mtshunquleni Qakamba, 48, died when police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a gathering on a hill on an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine in the northwestern town of Rustenburg on Thursday.

‘They shot against the people ... until they killed one of our colleagues,” Tyobela said. The charges included ‘not only murder but also attempted murders’.

‘Employees weren’t fighting, they were just sitting on the hill,’ he said.

Authorities have not confirmed the man’s identity or cause of death, but colleagues said the rural Eastern Cape province native had worked at the mine’s Bleskop shaft. 


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