4 Sep 2012

Shooting at gold mine

6:51 pm on 4 September 2012

Four people were wounded in South Africa during a shooting at a gold mine near Johannesburg on Monday.

Police fired rubber bullets to try and disperse a group of former workers who were fired during a strike at at the Gold One mine in June, the ABC reports.

Gold One International Ltd said about 60 men were blocking other employees from reporting for their shifts.

Meanwhile, a strike by 12,000 miners entered its fifth day at another mine run by Gold Fields.

Thirty-four strikers were shot and killed at the Marikana platinum mine operated by Lonmin on 16 August.

The strike at Marikana began nearly four weeks ago and Lonmin has warned that 40,000 jobs are threatened.

World platinum prices have risen more than 10% since the shooting.