Violence at S. Africa mine leaves 36 dead

Aug 17, 2012 | 11:43 AM | Paulina Pielichata

Tags  Lonmin, Marikana, strike, unions, platinum, South Africa

LONDON — A total of 36 people have been killed at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana Mine in South Africa after a conflict broke out at the platinum producer’s site, a Lonmin spokeswoman told AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin on Friday.

An additional 79 people have been injured and 259 have been arrested, according to the London-based company.

"The South African Police Service (has) been in charge of public order and safety on the ground since the violence between competing labor factions erupted over the weekend (of Aug. 11-12), claiming the lives of eight of our employees and two police officers," Lonmin chairman Roger Phillimore said in a separate statement Thursday. ....

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