Zuma governs foolishly, Lonmin strikers sing

2012-09-05 09:57

Hundreds of striking Lonmin mineworkers are marching to the mining giant’s Marikana operations office.

They have managed to push back eight police nyalas, a water cannon vehicle, and six minibuses containing armed police officers.

The march has been peaceful since it began earlier this morning with the striking workers singing derogatory songs about President Jacob Zuma, whom they say governs foolishly.

Police commanders offered to escort the marchers’ representatives to the local Lonmin office, but the group’s leaders refused, demanding they all be allowed to march.

Bishop Paul Verryn, the Bishop of Johannesburg’s Central Methodist Mission, who is attending the march, described the situation as tense.

“A situation like this can explode in a second,” he said.

Verryn said the striking workers deserved better living conditions.

“They breathe the same air as the chief executive of Lonmin,” he said.

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