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.
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.
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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