Rustenburg - Nineteen construction workers were arrested in Mmakau near Brits for public violence, North West police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said they were employed by Alma construction.

“The suspects, three women and sixteen men, illegally gathered and went on a rampage on the afternoon of Wednesday [19 August 2015] around the mine property in Brits, complaining about their wages.The group allegedly stoned two vehicles of IFM [International Ferro Metals] mine as they were protesting.”

He said the police were called to the scene to restore order and some protesters managed to flee while others were arrested.

“Alma construction is a sub-contractor of IFM and the company is assisting the mine with construction-related duties. The suspects will appear in the Brits Magistrates Court on Friday.”

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