Man burnt to death at mine

Police said another man was shot and wounded at gathering by striking miners in the North West.

Amplats miners march to Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG One person has been burnt to death and another was shot and wounded at a mine in the North West Province on Thursday.

The incident occurred at the Inkaneng informal settlement, where some 400 striking workers had gathered earlier.

Some 40 people have been arrested for public violence.

Police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said, The injured man was transported to the hospital. He is in a serious condition.

We also found one man that was burned alive. He died on the scene. A minibus taxi was also burnt.

Another group of striking workers from the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) are still protesting at the Bathopele Mine.

Earlier on Thursday, striking gold miners rejected the latest wage hike offer.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said this was a final offer from bosses, adding it has exhausted all its options.

The offer was put to workers on Wednesday evening after the union met with the Chamber of Mines.