Cops probe unconfirmed Lonmin death

There are now reports that another person was shot dead at the Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the Lonmin’s Marikana mine where at least 38 people died, 78 injured and 259 arrested following a police shooting on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

MARIKANA - Police are investigating reports of yet another shooting at the volatile Lonmin Marikana mine in the North West Province.

According to reports, two miners were shot at in a hostel on Friday.

One worker allegedly died in the incident.

On Thursday, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega addressed the media about Thursday's dramatic shooting.

At least 34 protesters were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on demonstrators.

Phiyega said officials arrested 259 protesters.

The commissioner told the briefing that demonstrators were militant and prepared to die for their cause.

She said officers used minimum force when going in, but striking miners opened fire and police retaliated.

Phiyega confirmed she ordered officers to use force to bring armed protesters under control.

She told ground teams to do whatever it takes to stabalise the situation.

The top cop said minimum force was used, but when demonstrators opened fire, police were forced to retaliate.

Video footage from police choppers circling the area showed that protesters were taking part in ritual practices.

Some mineworkers were seen standing naked behind the hill where they had gathered.

A sangoma was apparently giving them traditional medicine to be brave when going into battle.

In Cape Town, around 50 people took part in a protest outside Parliament to condemn Thursday's shooting.

Protesters said they were not convinced by Phiyega's statement.

Holding placards calling for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to step down, demonstrators said they gathered to show their support Marikana workers.

Protester Chumani Maxhwele said every South African must take a stand against what he calls "the abuse of power by police."

He warned that if citizens remain silent on the issue, more civilians will die.

To download Phiyega's full statement click here.