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Dozens of striking miners due in court

Dozens of mineworkers are due to appear in various courts for different crimes.

Sondela residents put burning tyres, rocks and other objects on the road leading to the Jabula shaft of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine near Rustenburg on 20 September 2012. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of mineworkers are due to appear in various courts on Monday for different crimes including illegal strikes.

They face charges including public violence, malicious damage to property and attempted murder.

A total of 90, including 72 miners from Gold Fields KDC Kloof Mine in Westonaria, were arrested on Friday night, following an illegal sit in.

Some 18 others were taken into custody in connection with the assault and attempted murder of two shop stewards from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Meanwhile, the 40 people who were arrested for public violence in Nkaneng in the North West will appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court this morning.

Two others arrested in connection with the murder of a NUM branch secretary are also due to appear in the dock, while a further four face charges for violence linked to the strike by Anglo American Platinum Mine workers.

The country has been gripped by protests by workers in the mining sector, who are demanding that their monthly salaries be increased.

The wave in wildcat strikes was sparked by a five-week long demonstration by miners at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, where 47 people were killed.

Economists have warned that halted operations have affected the country's economy.

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