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South Africa: 138 arrested in gold mine strikes near Johannesburg

At least 138 arrested since June 6 during gold mine strikes west of Johannesburg

11 Jun 05:04 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/11/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/13/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION Johannesburg

Event

At least 138 people have been arrested during a strike at Sibanye Gold's Cooke operations west of Johannesburg, which began on Tuesday, June 6. Up to 16 miners have been assaulted during demonstrations against the removal of illegal miners and a policy that forbids food in the mines.

Sibanye has vowed to clear all illegal miners from mines by January 2018.

Context

Illegal gold mining has plagued South Africa for the past few decades. Sibanye employs almost 4000 miners, and its operations would be significantly impacted were the strike to continue.

Advice

Individuals present in Johannesburg and the surrounding area are advised to monitor the situation, and avoid all demonstrations.

On a separate note, individuals in the country - particularly in urban areas - are advised to be on guard against high levels of criminal activity and to maintain a low profile at all times. Be particularly vigilant after dusk and avoid traveling on foot after nightfall. Criminals may be armed; do not resist if confronted and do not look your attacker(s) directly in the eye. Drive with windows closed, doors locked, and all personal possessions hidden from sight.

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