MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — Platinum miners gathered at a stadium to celebrate a wage deal struck with mining company Lonmin that sees the South African workers getting an increase of pay from 11 to 22 percent.
Thousands sang the national anthem in piercing heat Wednesday in Marikana. Miners were laughing and cheering as they walked into the Wonderkop stadium. Many said they were happy to return to work Thursday and that a strike that saw more than 40 killed in August have finally come to an end.
But a few miles away, police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse people near a mine owned by another company, Anglo American Platinum, in Rustenburg on Wednesday. The South African Press Association quoted police as saying "we are not tolerating any illegal gatherings."