In the medical care of the paramedic he was airlifted to the helicopter base and then transported to hospital by a Meditrax ambulance.

The operation was completed a few minutes before 4pm, Germishuys said.

For some time now it has always been the men's job to make the date. Personally I was surprised by the amount of emotion in the South Africans, myself included.

Herbst said a police negotiator had arrived at the scene and attempted to initiate contact with the person that was, at the time, believed to be the hostage taker.

Information given to the medics at that stage was that two people were barricaded in the control module of the crane.

Herbst said it then emerged that only one man was inside the crane and after an exchange of words with the negotiator, he was convinced to climb down.

The man was taken into custody.#hostage - from the scene: negotiators convinced a man to leave the crane tower.

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When police realised that the more than a dozen bulldozers were not willing to stop, they retreated and moved some of their vehicles to a safer spot. Their actions were apparently due to unhappiness about working conditions."There are some protesters who were arrested and will be charged with public violence,” Zwane said.

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