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Gold One Says Police Halt Protest With Tear Gas

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Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Gold One International Ltd. said police used tear gas to disperse protesting miners who had blocked access to the company’s Modder East site after they were dismissed for taking part in an illegal strike. Security personnel used rubber bullets, it said.

The former employees of Gold One and Pamodzi Gold East Rand (Pty) Ltd. had blocked access to the mine about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Johannesburg, it said today in a statement. They threw stones at vehicles and refused to leave the area, it said. Gold One in April said it would buy some Pamodzi assets.

Police shot and killed 34 at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana mine northwest of Johannesburg after a strike by workers demanding a wage increase to 12,500 rand ($1,490) a month turned violent, leading to the deaths of 10 people, including two policemen.

Julius Malema, who was expelled as the leader of the ruling African National Congress’s youth league, told former Pamodzi workers last week that mines would be “ungovernable” unless employees were paid a minimum of a monthly 12,500 rand, the South African Press Association reported on Aug. 30.

Malema today addressed about 3,000 workers at Gold Fields Ltd.’s Kloof-Driefontein operation, Africa’s largest gold mining complex, Sven Lunsche, a spokesman for the company, said by phone. The gathering ended peacefully, Lunsche said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carli Cooke in Johannesburg at clourens@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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