Two arrested in connection with Richards Bay mine violence

Two arrested in connection with Richards Bay mine violence

The KZN Premier's Office says the arrest of two people in connection with the violence at Richards Bay Minerals is a step forward in resolving the conflict in the area.

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The mine workers at RBM have come under attack as a result of a community dispute.

The violence resulted in operations being shut for several weeks, late last year. 

Last week another two workers were shot and wounded just as the mine re-opened for business.

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Spokesperson in the Office of the Premier, Lennox Mabaso says the suspects were taken into custody over the weekend. 

"They were arrested after some shootings around the area and the swift action of the law enforcement agencies as we all know that they are deployed around the area led to the arrest and indeed they were able to stop the car," he says.

Mabaso says the police discovered his high caliber rifles and ammunition, including some of the cables believed to be belonging to RBM. 

Philani Nhlenyama, a mineworkers at RBM welcomed the arrests.


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