Journalists asked to leave Wonderkop

By Drum Digital
17 September 2012

Journalists were asked to leave Wonderkop stadium, where striking Lonmin workers in North West were discussing their wage demands on Monday.

Worker leader Zolisa Bodlani told the meeting journalists should stay outside as they might report on discussions before the wage talks were to resume at 3.30pm.

"Could we ask all the journalists to leave, as we are discussing," he said.

Prior to this, Bench Marks Foundation chairman Bishop Jo Seoka, who is also president of SA Council of Churches pleaded with the workers for a mandate to lower their demand of a monthly salary of R12,500.

"You must give us a mandate to go a little bit down, but not hurting you," he said.

The Bench Marks Foundation is an independent faith-based organisation monitoring corporate performance, and is involved in the mediation process at the mine.

At the meeting, the workers were told that Lonmin could afford to pay R12,500, but then it needed to close more shafts.

Workers at Lonmin went on strike on August 10.

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