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Police attempt to disarm South African miners in raid

South African police raided hostels at Lonmin's Karee platinum mine today to disarm miners after government announced a crackdown on "illegal gatherings" and the carrying of weapons.

"The aim of the raid was to disarm the mine workers to make sure that we do away with the elements of threats that are taking their toll in the area of Marikana," regional police spokesman Thulani Ngubane said.

Ngubane said police retrieved weapons such as machetes and spears.

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Striking South African miners reject Lonmin wage offer

South Africa's Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has warned the government that it would clamp down on the daily illegal marches by miners brandishing machetes, spears and clubs that have marked the strike.

South African miners protest for 'fair pay'. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Radebe told a news conference: "The government will no longer tolerate illegal gatherings and brandishing of weapons in this way. The police are well acquainted with how to enforce public order in South Africa."

The strikers turned down Lonmin's offer of a 900 rand ($112.50) increase that would give new-entry workers a basic monthly salary of 5,500 rand ($688), their leaders said.

South African ministers outline security crackdown on miners

by - Africa Correspondent

South African ministers have outlined a security crackdown on "illegal gatherings" of miners at a meeting deciding on the security strategy for mines. "The mining industry is at stake", says the Justice minister.

They say their warnings are aimed at outsiders stirring up trouble - which appear to be directed at Julius Malema - are not actually directed at Julius Malema.

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