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Lanxess strike: South African miners shot with rubber bullets

  • 21 May 2013
  • From the section Africa
Striking Lonmin workers
Image caption Industrial relations remain volatile in South Africa's key mining sector

Ten South African miners have been injured after security guards fired rubber bullets at a crowd of striking workers, police say.

Police spokesman Thulani Ngubane said the miners had been taken to hospital.

A spokeswoman for Lanxess, which owns the chrome mine, said the guards had opened fire in self-defence.

Industrial relations remain volatile in South Africa's key mining sector after police shot dead 34 striking workers at the Marikana mine last year.

Last week, workers at Lonmin, which owns the Marikana mine, took part in a two-day strike.

The Lanxess chrome miners went on a wildcat strike in a row over bonuses last Thursday.

Police say the situation is now under control after the shooting at the Rustenburg mine, north of Johannesburg, and that none of those injured are in a critical condition.

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