Marikana miners march

2012-09-05 09:12

Hundreds of miners started marching from Lonmin’s mine in Marikana to its mine in Karee in an apparent attempt to stop their colleagues from working there.

Led by police Nyalas, the miners planned to make their way through the town of Marikana and walk the 5km to Karee today.

Security had been tightened at the Marikana mine in anticipation of the march, with additional mine security guards and police on patrol from dawn.

Yesterday, about 200 miners met at the Karee mine’s shaft 30, and tried to get their colleagues to stop working. Another march was then planned for this morning.

Police in armoured vehicles also kept an eye on the Nkaneng squatter camp at Wonderkop, near the Marikana mine.

Talks between worker representatives, unions, the labour department and management were expected to resume today in Rustenburg.

Workers have been on strike for the past three weeks, demanding a monthly salary of R12 500.

On August 16, police fired on a group of protesting workers near the mine, killing 34 and wounding 78.

Another 10 people were killed earlier that week, including two policemen and two security guards.


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