South Africa police fire at Marikana mine protesters
September 20 , 2012
South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters near a mine owned by Anglo American on Wednesday, a day after strikers at rival Lonmin won a pay rise.
Workers at the Lonmin-owned Marikana platinum mine, where police last month shot dead 34 protesters, have since ended their six-week strike after accepting a 22 percent pay rise and returned to work on Thursday.
The miners had been demanding a monthly salary of around $1,500. They currently earn half of that.
Within hours, workers at nearby mines called for similar raises.
The death toll from the unrest has now risen to 46 after a woman died several days after being struck by a rubber bullet.
South Africa is the world’s largest platinum producer and the disruption is expected to cost the industry $548 million in lost output.