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Marikana miners unite

2012-09-04 10:50

Rustenburg - Lonmin Marikana mineworkers released from prison re-grouped and gathered at the Nkaneng informal settlement with their colleagues on Tuesday to map a way forward.

The group arrived on Monday night after they were released by the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court.

They smiled, laughed and shook hands while waiting for the rest of the miners to arrive.

Over 200 striking mineworkers had already gathered at Nkaneng by 08:00.

Negotiations between the workers representatives, mine management and the department of labour stalled as workers demanded nothing less than a R12 500 wage increase.

Talks were set to resume on Wednesday in Rustenburg.

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 11:13

    What a waste of time,tax payers money and effort arressting them in the first place. We all knew this would be the outcome. They will now just go out and do the same thing. The message is loud and clear: Violence,murder,unruly behaviour is perfectly ok!!!

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-04 11:15

    "Lonmin Marikana mineworkers released from prison re-grouped and gathered at the Nkaneng informal settlement with their colleagues on Tuesday to map a way forward." What "way forward" do these f@@@ers know? A bomb, a bomb, my kingdom for a bomb

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-04 11:17

    Talk around the camp fire is that government affiliated unions are wanting to shut down the mines through unreasonable wage demands, strike action, intimidation and violence. "Nationalisation" through stealth. They reckon they will get a better deal with the Chinese running the show and of course, government being their main "partners"

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-09-04 11:22

    Here's an idea.........why not just give them the R12500 in cash, and take away all the benefits that they may have. They want the money, not the benefits.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-04 11:23

    These guys have been put artificially on a moral high ground through sensation and a legal blunder and the SAPS on the low ground and those miners are going to exploit it to the fullest.

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-09-04 11:24

    British are so stubborn why the can't just seal the deal or offer even R10000..... They keep crying lonmin is wasting money...bla,bla,bla.....

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-04 11:43

    Some idiotic people never learn!!!!!!!!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-04 11:45

    Good we voted for fair treatment for everyone.

      Victoria - 2012-09-04 12:40

      Yes, the policemen and security who were killed were treated fairly. I am so pleased that you want criminals to be treated like law abiding citizens. I have an idea why don't we all go out and create anarchy and then expect fair treatment. What planet do you come from?

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-04 14:13

      victoria victoria...who said something about police because I did not? I am talking about people who were locked up and while we heard stories like 'the investigation\ is ongoing.justice delayed is justice denied.If anyone can prove that it is specifically those miners that killed anyone anywhere..let them call the police to make arrests.But what if who ever killed a security gurd or an officer was among the scores that were later shot and killed.

  • matt.dibbs.9 - 2012-09-04 11:50

    Well, the credibility of the NPA to drop charges against the miners due to political influence is now questionable!! How can the NPA assure South Africans that they are independent and will not buckle under pressure? The miners might want to consider mapping the way forward without weapons, intimidation and muti that doesn’t work. How about negotiations, you know, talk to each other, without holding a weapon?

  • jack.mabrigado - 2012-09-04 12:14

    Investors need the money too. The strike harms both sides. And guys it is about time someone listens to these miners otherwise no production no revenue.

      Victoria - 2012-09-04 12:44

      There are many people who are unemployed and would like any salary. I think their demands are a little unrealistic since there are unskilled labourers.

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