JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police and politicians say four miners have been shot and injured, apparently by security guards using rubber bullets at a gold mine owned by the South African president’s nephew and a grandson of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Monday’s shooting comes after firebrand politician Julius Malema visited the Aurora gold mine last week and told fired mineworkers that he was going to make South African mines ungovernable.
Police spokeswoman Pinky Tsinyane said four miners were shot and that police have arrested four people for public violence.
Two weeks ago, police killed 34 striking miners at a platinum mine. Scores of miners arrested at the scene of that mass shooting northwest of Johannesburg await release Monday.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Photo caption: Striking mine workers stand near power pylons under the watchful eye of police at he Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Thirty-four strikers were shot dead by police in a three-minute barrage of automatic gunfire last week that also injured 78 others. The incident traumatized a nation that thought it had seen the last of state violence with the end of apartheid in 1994.Ten other people were killed the week before, including two police officers hacked to death with machetes by strikers who also burned alive two mine security guards. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)