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Protest unravels
Beatrix unrest

Early on Saturday morning (01/12) members of the Public Order Police responded to an incident at the Sibanye Mine near Theunissen, where a group of people who appeared to be mine workers had been protesting for a while and were pelting busses trans­porting workers with stones.

In a quest to diffuse the situation, two people were arrested.

Two police members left with the two suspects while the other officers were chasing protesters inside the dense forest area on the mine grounds.

Whilst trying to slowly drive out of that dense forest, the two police members were accosted and ambushed by about ten protesters.

One police member managed to escape unharmed, while the other one, a 41­year-old female constable, was dragged out of the vehicle and assaulted. Injuries were inflicted on her arms with a panga. The suspects robbed her of her firearm and a video camera.

Protesters went on to damage the police van and freed the arrested suspects before fleeing the scene.

A case of attempted murder and malicious damage to property was registered for further investigation and one suspect was arrested.

The injured police member was taken to a local hospital in the area for treatment.

Anyone with information that could assist in identifying the suspects responsible for the assault is asked to please contact their nearest police station.

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