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Election violence flares in South Africa's platinum mining belt

Police used water cannon and stun grenades to disperse rioters in South Africa's strike-hit platinum belt after a government minister was attacked by rock-throwing protesters while campaigning for the May 7 election.

Police spokesman Thulani Ngubane told Reuters a community hall, municipal centre and the house of a councillor for the ruling ANC were burnt down. He would not identify the rioters but local media and union leaders said the minister had been attacked by members of the striking AMCU miners' union.

Ngubane confirmed sports minister Fikile Mbalula had to be whisked away under police protection after he and the ANC activists he was campaigning with were confronted by a crowd in the shanty town of Freedom Park northwest of Johannesburg.

It was after this that the protest erupted into a full-scale riot, Ngubane said.

Sydwell Dokolwana, the regional secretary for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a key ANC ally and AMCU's arch rival, told Reuters he was with the minister at the time and that several people were hurt in the scuffle.

"There was a group of about 100 guys with AMCU shirts. We had to run for our lives," he told Reuters.

"They said they would only allow us to campaign if the ANC assisted them in getting 12,500 rand ($1,200)," he said.

AMCU's battle cry has become "12,500 rand", which is the minimum monthly wage it is seeking from the world's top platinum producers, Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin.

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