No state of emergency - Radebe

Ministers assure South Africa that there is no state of emergency in the mining sector.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe speaks during a government media briefing on 14 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Government on Friday denied its security intervention in the mining sector amounted to a 'state of emergency' but said anyone who broke the law will be dealt with.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe delivered the firm message at the Union Buildings in Pretoria with seven other ministers in what was designed to be a show of force.

Government said the ongoing violence in the mining sector damaged the country and its economy, and it should be stopped immediately.

Radebe said the focus of the security crackdown will be on illegal gatherings and people carrying dangerous weapons.

"It is not a state of emergency. But we want to stabilise and bring about normality in the mining sector in South Africa."

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele mentioned no names but said people that fueled tensions will also meet the full might of the law.

"No more incitement of violence will be tolerated."

Cwele would not say whether the army will be brought in or whether live ammunition will be used again.

The mining sector has been rocked by violent illegal protests at Lonmin's Marikana mine, Gold Fields KDC and the Anglo Platinum operation in Rustenburg.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was not mentioned by name by the ministers following his recent visits to the mines.

Malema called for the workers to continue downing tools and to make the sector ungovernable.