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Police negotiate with striking miners

Thousands of miners are currently gathered on a hilltop near Lonmin's Marikana mine shaft.

Police officers monitor Lonmin protesters. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are trying to negotiate with miners who gathered on a hilltop at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Wednesday.

At least 10 people have been killed, including two policemen, after rock drill operators embarked on an illegal strike on Friday.

The latest victim was discovered by journalists on Tuesday afternoon as the group started dispersing.

Thousands of miners are now gathered on a hilltop near the mine shaft where they are surrounded by police.

Four nyalas are stationed in the area with officers standing behind them, while two helicopters circle overhead.

Police are trying to negotiate with a group of leaders gathered at the site.

Striking workers have called for salaries to be increased to R12,500 across the board.

Officials have warned the situation could turn violent.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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