It has been reported that four striking miners have been shot by security guards using rubber bullets at the Aurora goldmine in South Africa. It is alleged that shots were fired to break up clashes between strikers and scabs.
A police spokesperson said that:
“Four miners have been shot, and four people have been arrested for public violence.”
The goldmine is said to be owned by the nephew of the President, Jacob Zuma, and also the grandson of Nelson Mandela. It is being reported that the miners have not been paid for two years.
Trouble at the Aurora mine has escalated since former ANC politician Julius Malema made a speech at a rally over the weekend. As well as the expected anti-Zuma and anti-government rhetoric, Malema said that he would make South African mines ‘ungovernable’.
More details to follow, as they emerge