Lonmin: Relatives search for loved ones

2012-08-17 14:39
Striking Lonmin miners gather on a hill near the Marikana mine during a protest action. (Booysen Thamaga, Sapa)

Striking Lonmin miners gather on a hill near the Marikana mine during a protest action. (Booysen Thamaga, Sapa)

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Lonmin hospital on lockdown

2012-08-17 12:25

Several people injured in the Marikana mine shootout have been admitted to Lonmin's private hospital. North West Department of Health is unable to confirm the number of people injured. WATCH

Rustenburg - Relatives of protesting Marikana mineworkers gathered at Lonmin's Andrew Saffy Memorial Hospital on Friday to search for their loved ones after more than 30 miners were shot dead in a confrontation with the police.

"I wish they would release a statement or a list that has all the deceased's names, or tell them which hospitals their relatives are in, because we are going from pillar to post," said Gcobani Tiya.

He had driven all the way to Rustenburg from Bethal because he had not been able to get any information, he said.

He complained that the mine and the police appeared to be giving information to the media, but not to families.

A hospital official said some of the people who were wounded in the shooting on Thursday had been sent to hospitals in Johannesburg, central Rustenburg and Pretoria.

She said she was not allowed to speak to the media and asked not to be named.

The people who died were among a group of protesters from Lonmin's Marikana mine, who went on strike last Friday.

Another 10 people, including police officers and security guards, have died in separate incidents since unrest at the mine began last Friday.

The protests are believed to be related to union rivalry between the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. The striking workers have also demanded higher wages.
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