Lonmin miners await outcome of talks

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File picture - An unidentified mine worker sits on a rock at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP

Rustenburg -

Striking Lonmin workers were singing liberation songs at the Nkaneng informal settlement late on Wednesday, awaiting the outcome of a peace accord meeting in Rustenburg.

The labour department had called Lonmin management, striking workers' representatives and four unions to a meeting to try and find a solution to the Lonmin strike.

The unions were: the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity, Uasa, and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

Police opened fire on striking mineworkers, killing 34 of them and wounding 78, on August 16. Another 270 were arrested.

The meeting started at 10am and was still underway at 6pm.

“We are still discussing,” NUM president Senzeni Zokwana said when the meeting adjourned for lunch.

On his arrival in the morning, Zokwana said the NUM intended finding a solution to the strike at the platinum mine.

Workers said they were waiting to hear whether they should return to work or continue striking.

“We are not accepting anything less than R12 500. This will betray our comrades who died fighting,” Asa Veli said.

“We are not moving until our leaders tell us what happened at that meeting.” - Sapa


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