Lonmin workers wait for report

2012-08-30 11:47

Rustenburg - A large crowd of striking Lonmin platinum mineworkers had gathered at Nkaneng in Wonderkop on Thursday morning, waiting for a report from the peace accord meeting held in Rustenburg.

The meeting was adjourned on Wednesday to offer the workers' representatives an opportunity to report back to the workers on what transpired on the first day of the meeting.

The meeting was expected to reconvene at 10:00 on Thursday at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

The labour department convened the meeting aimed at finding solutions and bringing peace and stability to Lonmin following a violent strike.

Lonmin workers went on an illegal strike on August 10 demanding a R12 500 salary per month. Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed within four days of the strike.

Thirty-four of the mineworkers were killed in a confrontation with police on August 16. Seventy-eight of them were injured and over 250 were arrested and are facing charges of public violence and murder in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court.

Their bail application was postponed to Thursday because of time constraints.