Lonmin: 10th body found

2012-08-14 17:14

A man was killed near a hill where thousands of workers from the Karee mine near Rustenburg gathered this afternoon to discuss issues around a strike that started last week.

It was not immediately clear who had killed the man, whose body lay prostrate on a footpath near the Number 1 Shaft. He appeared to have been hit on the head with a sharp object.

His body was discovered shortly after the meeting where the striking workers said they were not prepared to return to work until their demands were met.

Workers went on strike last week demanding that their salaries be adjusted from R5 000 a month to R12 500.

At a tense meeting this afternoon, the workers, some armed with clubs, pangas, and an assortment of homemade weapons, said they were not being represented by any union following a reported fallout with the National Union of Mineworkers.

Police reinforcements, including dog units, riot police, two army vehicles and three helicopters kept a strong presence near the Nkaneng squatter camp and Number 1 Shaft, not far from where the man’s body was found.

The police’s Captain Dennis Adriao told Sapa they had been notified that a body had been found. “The total figure now stands at 10. We don’t know who the man was and how he died,” he said.

Nine people – two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and two other men had been killed at Lonmin’s troubled Marikana mine in the North West by last night.

The deaths were reportedly linked to violence triggered by union rivalry.

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