“Yesterday communities were blocking the roads, they were demanding employment at the mines [in the area] and that a new tarred road be built by the mining companies,” Colonel Ronel Otto said.
“They set alight a bus that is used to transport the mine’s staff. Rubber bullets were fired to disperse the crowd.”
The protests began on Thursday afternoon and went on into the evening, Otto said.
No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.
By Friday morning the area was quiet, with sporadic incidents “every now and then”, Otto said.