Two more miners killed in South African riots

More miners have been killed in the continuing South African resources riots.

Ongoing civil unrest at mines across South Africa has seen massive lay offs of around 20 000 workers at a time, riots, and miners murdered.

The riots began in late August, when as many as 18 miners were shot by South African police during protests on site.

Now another two miners have been shot after a group of striking workers attempted to break into an armoury on site, according to NineMSN.

The group were part of around 100 strikers at the underground Magdalena mine, owned by Canadian group Forbes & Manhattan Coal.

Workers at the site, and the nearby Aviemore underground mine have been on strikes since 17 October.

"Around 10:30 am some of the workers apparently attempted to break into an armoury on the mine and they were dispersed by mine security," South African Police spokesperson colonel Jay Naicker said.

He went on to say that onsite security then chased the miners off site to a nearby settlement, where the two were shot.

"Both men were taken for medical treatment but passed away from their injuries," Naicker said.
The men's names were not immediately released, AFP reports.

Police have begun a murder investigation, and seized firearms from the mine's staff.

In the mean time all operations at the Magdalena mine have been suspended "until such time as deemed safe and appropriate by management and the board," Forbes Coal chief Stephan Theron said.

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