01 March 2012

Impala riots spills over to nearby Bafokeng Luka Village, Rustenburg

The Anti Bafokeng Repression Campaign in Luka village near Phokeng Rustenburg has joined the retrenched Impala workers in a violent march against Impala Platinum mines and the Royal Bafokeng nation. A huge contingent of police was deployed this morning around five to dispel an angry crowd which had blockaded the railway line and the entrance to Luka village with stones and burning tyres.

Both the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Local Municipality and the Bafokeng chief have recently refused permission for Bafokeng communities to stage march demonstrations.

Last week during the retrenchments riots by Impala mine workers, Impala and Bafokeng security companies where seen firing automatic weapons at the angry crowds. Twelve community members were this morning arrested and are detained at the Phokeng Police Station.

“We are tired of the Bafokeng Chief. One woman resident in Luka village was stabbed by angry mine workers on her way to work. We tried talking to Bafokeng chief on Monday about the impact of Impala mines on Luka community. The chief refused to talk to us and the Bafokeng security chased us away”, said Anti-Bafokeng Repression Campaign coordinator Matlantla Mekgwe as he was whisked away in the back of a police van.

Contact Phistus Mekgoe of Anti-Bafokeng Repression Campaign at 071 962 7696 for further information.

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