Govt. meets Lonmin management

The inter-ministerial committee is in Marikana to meet with Lonmin management following the police shooting.

Police monitor the area near the entrance to Lonmin mine in Marikana. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

MARIKANA - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and an inter-ministerial committee on Monday met with Lonmin management at the mine, following the police shooting which claimed the lives of 34 people last week.

Chabane's committee will help the relatives of the victims who were killed during violent clashes.

Chabane, Mining minister Susans Shabane and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa met with management behind closed doors.

The committee was at Marikana to make sure families received counseling and to help them identify loved ones so funerals could be arranged.

There was an uneasy calm at Marikana with workers vowing not to return to work despite an ultimatum issued by Lonmin.

Workers involved in the illegal strike have ignored the call to come back to work, saying they will continue to fight for the R12,500 salary they are demanding.

A delegation of opposition party leaders, including the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and Congress of the People (Cope) also made its way to Marikana to do an inspection.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said they will speak to mineworkers, trade union leaders and mine management.

"We are doing this to carry out our constitutional duty of monitoring the work of the executive and of the President."

Police are keeping a close eye on the area.