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Miners arrested in Westonaria

Police have arrested 72 miners after they staged a protest inside a police station.

A police nyala monitors miners. Picture:Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A total of 77 people, including 72 miners from the Gold Fields KDC's Kloof mine were arrested in Westonaria for staging a protest inside a police station..

The miners were arrested on Friday night after a group of over 500 workers staged a sit in at the local police station following an illegal march.

The police's Neville Malila said, "We had to call in the public order police to diffuse the situation and breakup the illegal gathering."

He added that the miners caused havoc as they broke windows and counters in the client service centre at the police station.

Five people were also arrested at the Kopanong hostel on Saturday in connection with the assault of two National Union of Mineworkers shop stewards.

Most of those arrested are expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrates Court on Monday.