Heavy police presence at Lonmin mine

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Lonmin strike violence REUTERS FILE PHOTO: Striking miners gather outside a South African mine in Rustenburg.

Police continue to patrol the violence-stricken Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, a spokesman said on Thursday morning.

“There was a high police presence at the mine throughout Wednesday night and we have not received any reports of violence or deaths,” Captain Dennis Adriao said.

Police officials would hold a media briefing at the mine at 8.30am on Thursday.

Thousands of Lonmin rock drill operators started an illegal strike and protest march on Friday.

Ten people - two police officers, two security guards, three protesters and three other men - have been killed since then.

The protests are believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher wages. They claim to be earning R4000 a month, with those living outside the hostel earning an extra R1000. Reported demands have included pay of R12,500 a month. - Sapa

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