The murky dealings around hundreds of millions of rand that has gone missing from accounts held for royalty payments to the Bapo Ba Mogale community near Rustenburg could be an underlying cause for protests that have brought two Lonmin mines to a standstill. Unrest at the village of Bapong, which is near the East 2 and East 3 shafts owned by Lonmin, has culminated in intimidation of Lonmin employees, the burning of buses and a spate of demands from a group claiming to represent the community and unemployed youth. The demands ranged from employment and training to "full community participation in core mining with a goal of running full shafts, especially first-generation shafts of Lonmin".

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