Lonmin ‘working towards peace’

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Policemen keep watch over striking miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. South African police opened fire against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground.

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Lonmin is working towards peace with striking miners, it said on Friday.

“We can confirm that we are working towards an agreement on peace (with the workers),” spokeswoman Sue Vey said on Friday.

“We are discussing the demands. It is a process, and it hasn't been finalised yet.”

Thirty-four workers were shot dead during a confrontation with the police at the platinum miner's operation in Marikana, North West, last Thursday.

Another 78 people were wounded. Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the week preceding the clash.

Workers were demanding a monthly salary of R12 500.

An inter-ministerial committee set up to help the families of the victims said on Friday it was maintaining its presence at the mine.

“The committee has today engaged several stakeholders including families who will bury the deceased loved ones this weekend,” it said in a statement.

“The committee is pleased with progress made by different spheres of government in providing all the support and assistance to the bereaved families.”

Home affairs, which is part of the committee, earlier said all but one of the 34 miners killed had been identified.

The committee said the funerals would be held between the weekend and September 8. So far, six of the 44 had been buried.

“Government will contribute towards funeral arrangements and any other needs the families may require, regardless of any other contributions by stakeholders,” it said.

“All services will be provided to all the families of the 44 deceased, including the foreign nationals.” - Sapa


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