South African police have yet again fired on miners working for the world's largest platinum producer who are protesting over jobs and pay, but this time they used rubber bullets. The actions come at the same time as rumours are circulating that Lonmin - which has also been struggling to handle similar wildcat strikes - is planning to raise close to £500m pounds in a rights issue to try and stem huge resulting losses.
Here, paramedics are treating one man who’s been shot and injured. Police also used tear gas as 1,000 or so workers from the Amplats mine near Rustenberg, 70 miles northwest of Johannesburg defied an order to get back to work. Twelve-thousand staff were sacked earlier this month for going out on strike illegally, but bosses claimed they could have their jobs back yesterday if they stopped action. The workers are refusing to do that until their demands of matching Lonmin’s 22% pay rise offer are met.
Lonmin - the world’s third largest platinum producer - says its already lost 45% of production to strikes in the last three months. In August, the world watched in shock as police officers killed 34 strikers at its Marikana mine after firing indiscriminately, claiming they were fired at by protestors first. It was the nation's bloodiest security incident, since apartheid.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.