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Mine union refuses to sign ‘peace accord’

North West

South African miners, arrested after the Marikana shooting, have been released by a Pretoria court while key players refused to sign a deal to end a deadly strike.

More than a 100 miners were held in a South African jail after being charged last week under an obscure apartheid-era security law with murdering their fellow miners, after video footage indicated that police had fired on the strikers.

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Striking mineworkers march outside Lonmin's Marikana mine in North West Province as they await the arrival of freed colleagues.

On Thursday, a key union representing the strikers as well as other non-unionised workers refused to sign a peace accord to resume wage negotiations, saying that it would force them to end their strike.

Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Marikana, North West province.

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