Second man dies after mine violence

Police says a second man died following mine-related violence at the Inkaneng informal settlement.

Anglo Platinum workers gather at the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG North West police on Thursday said theyare now firmly in control of the situation at the Inkaneng informal settlement following the deaths of two people.

Striking miners in the area attempted to prevent working colleagues from doing their jobs.

One man was set alight and burnt to death, while a second person died in hospital after a shooting in the volatile area.

At least two vehicles were torched by striking workers.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said, The information that we received from the hospital is that the victim passed away.

Meanwhile, a group of mineworkers also gathered at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)s Bathopele Mine in attempt to get working colleagues to join their strike.

Officers said the workers threatened to throw petrol bombs at cars and police were forced to disperse the crowd.

Strike leader Gaddafi Mdoda said they want working miners to join them.

Meanwhile, taxi operations in the area were suspended for safety reasons.