Police criticised after Xstrata arrests

Numsa says police are being manipulated by Xstrata managements as protests continue.
KROONDAL - Police have once again been criticised for their crackdown on illegal strikes in the North West.

On Tuesday, 37 workers from the Xstrata mine were arrested following a protest in the area.

About 200 people tried to barricade roads leading to Xstrata’s operation near Kroondal, when police opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas.

But the National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa (Numsa) said officers had been manipulated by mine management.

Union spokesperson Stephen Nhlapo said, “Police are playing a dirty game and they are being used to be biased towards [mine] management. This is an industrial relations matter and police cannot enter into it.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)