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Cops remain in Rustenburg after mine raids

Police say they want to reclaim their authority in the mining area in Rustenburg.

Police closely monitor Marikana. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Police maintained a strong presence on the platinum belt in Rustenburg following raids at several mines over the weekend.

More than 500 police officers carried out raids at the Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and the Impala mines.

Dozens of people were arrested for carrying illegal weapons and drunken behaviour.

Police said it was the first time not a single incident of crime was reported since tensions between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) first flared up.

Police spokesperson Thulane Ngubane said the operation was part of strategy to reclaim the area.

"We cannot compromise on law enforcement. We are going to remain in the area to reclaim our authority as police."

Thousands of miners working the area travelled to the Eastern Cape for the funeral of Amcu leader Mawethu Stevens.

Stevens was assassinated in a tavern near Amplats' Khomanani shaft last week.

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