At the Western Deep Levels Gold Mine in Caeletonville South Africa, where 12 black miners died in rioting on Tuesday (11 September), work has returned to normal and polices reinforcements have begun moving out.
LV Zoom in to MV and CU Western Deep Levels mine
SV Zoom into CU Mr. Hold speaking
MV Col. Loots and pressmen walking around.
GV Pan ambulance arriving
GV Workers coming off shift
MV Zoom out to GV of Basuto tribesmen working at mines
GV Policemen seated
CU Kruger speaking while, he speaks shots of riot damage.
"Originally it started off with a group between 70 and 80, but in the areas of the hostel grounds, more joined them, and it could have been 200 that finally, or it could have been 300 I would not be sure. It was a fairly large number."
QUESTION: "And then you saw the police open fire?"
MR. VON HOLDT: "I didn't see, I was inside the admin block when this happened."
QUESTION: "Did they open fire all at once or did they use selective shooting?"
VON HOLDT: "They used selective shooting."
QUESTION: "They were picking up people over a period of time?"
VON HOLDT: "I rather gained the impression that it was a warning process of trying to hold back. This is the impression I gained, I don't know if I'm correct in this assumption."
"At about eight p.m. on the eleventh of September, the compounds manager of the Western Deep Levels Mine reported to the Carleton-ville police that the black miners in the compound were threatened, were threatening him and his black, mine police men with violence and they were throwing stones at him and were damaging mine property.
During the fracas the rioters extensively ransacked the beer hall, the kitchen, other parts of the property and were insulting other inmates in an attempt to get them to join the riots. In this process one of the black miners was hacked to death and numerous others were injured. The necessary investigation and post-mortem inquiries will take place as soon as possible."
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Background: At the Western Deep Levels Gold Mine in Caeletonville South Africa, where 12 black miners died in rioting on Tuesday (11 September), work has returned to normal and polices reinforcements have begun moving out.
Mr. A. Von Holdt, General Manager of the Western Deep Mining described what had happened:
On Thursday the Anglo-America Corporation which owns the mine said that seven of the dead men came from neighbouring countries whose economics are largely dependent on the value of their migrant labour to South Africa. Two were from Botswana and five from Lesotho.
Meanwhile the South African Government has promised to hold and inquiry into the deaths, although it was not yet clear whether this simply means that post-mortems will be held in the usual way. Deputy Minister of Police Advocate Jimmy Kruger gave the official police version of the events