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Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at the Amplats mines near Rustenburg.

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at the Amplats mines near Rustenburg.

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at the Amplats mines near Rustenburg.

TWO more people have died after clashes between police and striking miners in South Africa, including a local councillor who was apparently an innocent bystander.

African National Congress councillor Paulina Masuhlo was shopping in the Wonderkop shantytown when police firing from an armoured car hit several women.

Ms Masuhlo was hit in the abdomen and leg and rushed to hospital, where she died yesterday, the Cosatu union said.

Also yesterday, police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up a march by thousands of strikers at the Amplats mines near Rustenburg.

Amplats strike leader Evans Ramokga said a miner was run over by a police armoured car and dragged several yards before it stopped. He said the man died in hospital.

Irish Independent