Defiant strikers regroup at Lonmin

2012-08-27 10:52

Hundreds of defiant strikers have regrouped for a protest near the spot where South African police killed 34 of their colleagues, as platinum giant Lonmin said only 13% of employees had shown up for work.

The world’s number three platinum firm attributed the sharp drop in attendance to intimidation, after a high of 57% of workers reported for duty at the weekend.

Around 600 strikers gathered in an open space, just metres (yards) from where police shot dead 34 of their colleagues on August 16. Many more were streaming in from different directions.

Police in armoured trucks kept a close watch over the crowd.

Earlier, dozens of other workers reported for duty more than two weeks into a wildcat strike that has claimed a total of 44 lives.

“Preliminary figures are 13 percent average attendance across all shafts this morning,” said Lonmin in a statement.

“There have been incidents of intimidation towards bus drivers overnight as well as intimidation of ... workers this morning, preventing them from coming to work.”

Those who returned to work faced veiled threats from their colleagues who were still on strike.

“We are aware that some people have gone back to work, we have noted that behaviour, and we need to come up with a plan to deal with them,” said Alfonso Mofokeng, a miner from Lesotho.

“By going to work they are say the murder that happened here was in vain, and they are fine with it,” he said.

Lonmin said it was hoping most of its 28 000 workers would clock in, after promising signs at the weekend that the stand-off – sparked by demands from rock drill operators for a 300% pay rise – may be winding down.

Lonmin said it was due to meet for a fresh round of talks on Monday with representatives of the striking workers.

“The objective of these meetings is to achieve cessation of the violence and a return to work in a safe and secure environment,” it said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.