No clarity on mine violence plan

It is still not clear how government will enforce its security crackdown in the mining sector.

Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - It is still not clear how government will enforce its security crackdown in the mining sector.

In a show of force on Friday, eight ministers announced the crackdown but stressed the situation did not call for a state of emergency.

Speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, officials said the violence could no longer be tolerated.

While no names were mentioned, the ministers were adamant that anyone who incites violence will meet the full might of the law.

Asked whether the army would be brought in, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said those details will be decided later.

"That will be an operational matter. That issue will be decided by the operational people and the national commissioner [of police]."

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

He said the mining sector is at stake, as is the country's economy.

Meanwhile, the ANC has welcomed the crackdown, saying it hopes this will bring the industry under control.

Weeks of violent protests along the platinum belt in the North West Province claimed 45 lives.

The ANC's Ishmail Mnisi said, "We call on all South Africans to work with authorities and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the situation is brought to normality.

"Working together, we can restore peace and stability and put our country back on the road to peaceful resolution of conflict."

Mnisi said South Africa's economy and long-term economic growth was at stake.