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Cops finalise Amplats shooting probe

Police are in the final stages of their probe into the shooting of a striking Amplats miner.

Police are in the final stages of their probe into the shooting of a striking Amplats miner.. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Police have not yet made any arrests after a miner was allegedly shot with live ammunition during a protest at an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine on Tuesday.

Hundreds of miners allegedly tried to hijack a truck carrying soil outside the Bathopele shaft when the mine's private security opened fire to disperse the group.

It is alleged one of the security guards used live ammunition. One of the protestors was wounded.

A case of attempted murder was opened against him by police.

The mood at Amplats shafts in Rustenburg remained calm on Tuesday, but tensions were still high among miners.

The police's Sam Tselenyane said the attempted murder case was in its final stages.

"We will firstly complete our investigation and see where it will lead us."

Meanwhile, Amplats representative Thami Mdoda said they were not surprised by the shooting.

"We know of the instruction that was issued which says that if 15 or more miners are gathered, they must be shot. This law is only directed at us."

The mine's management has not yet responded to the incident or the investigation.

Miners embarked on strike action in September by demanding a basic salary of at least R16,000.