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Johannesburg – Rioters living alongside the road from the Lethlheng squatter camp to the Pilanes-Mountain mine in North West province blocked the roads, set up road blocks, and demanded bribes from drivers before they were allowed to drive on, said SAPS warrant officer Sam Tselanyane. This happened Thursday-evening May 17 2012. One bus belonging to the Amandel mine was torched. No injuries were reported from the fire.
On Friday the organisers of this lucrative road-block went to the Kgamanyane High School in the township and forced the pupils to participate in the 'demonstration'. Tselanyane said the school's management 'did not have any choice but to send the pupils home and close the school on Friday'
Two cases of damaging property were lodged with the police. No complaints were lodged about the bribes. Police made no attempt to stop the 'demonstrators' from taking fines and bribes and other items from motorists.
The local residents said they were 'demonstrating against the closure of the mine and the unemployment'.