South Africa Mining Violence

September 17, 2012 - 10:35 AM
Firebrand politician Julius Malema, right argues with police officers, at Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. London-registered Lonmin PLC announced it is halting construction of a new shaft, putting 1,200 people out of work, as the bloody and bitter strike at its beleaguered South African platinum mine dragged on its fifth week. The strikes that have halted work at seven gold and platinum mines have spread to the chrome sector, according to the official South African Press Association. Meanwhile, police blocked rabblerousing politician Julius Malema from addressing some 3,000 strikers gathered at a stadium at the Lonmin mine at Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)