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Num supports call to return to work

Num has urged striking miners from Lonmin’s Marikana mine to go back to work on Monday.

Worshippers gather for a prayer at the scene of the Lonmin shooting on 19 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Sunday urged striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine to return to work.

This comes after mining bosses appealed to strikers to end a wildcat industrial action.

The company asked the miners to return to work on Monday or face being sacked.

The mine in the North West province is calm now following Thursday's bloodbath in which 34 people were killed in clashes with police.

In total over 40 people, including two officers, have died in violence linked to the strike.

Num's Lesiba Seshoka said, "We are urging all the miners to return to work."

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) dismissed claims that it is not recognised at the mine.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa said the organisation represents about 7,000 workers at Lonmin.

"Those allegations are baseless."

Amcu was excluded from a meeting called by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Saturday.

Shabangu, who met with Num and Solidarity, as well as the Chamber of Mines and Lonmin management described Amcu as an unknown player in the platinum industry.

At the same time, police say they are working with Lonmin's management to identify the deceased.

The police's Denis Adria says, "We will remain in this area until it is completely stable and calm."

PRAYER

Religious organisations have also condemned the killings. Several churches have offered counselling to the families of the victims.

Currently, worshippers led by Pastor Sakhumuzi Qiqimana are holding a prayer session as the scene where the miners lost their lives.

INQUIRY

President Jacob Zuma visited the area on Friday. He also went to the local hospital to see the victims. He promised to establish a commission of inquiry into the deadly shootings.