Some Lonmin workers return to work

Lonmin said around 27 percent of workers clocked in at work on Monday.

Lonmin mineworkers. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - Lonmin Management on Monday said some employees who had embarked on an illegal strike returned to work.

The company extended its ultimatum over the weekend by saying that striking miners must report for duty or face dismissal.

However, protesters said it was an insult for management to expect them to return to work following last week's tragedy in which 34 workers were killed during a police shooting.

The platinum producer confirmed that 27 percent of all workers reported for duty.

These included striking and non-striking employees.

Mining bosses said they would have a better idea of how many people showed up for work when they check who clocked in on Monday morning.

The company is calling on miners to hand over their weapons and return to work so that their demands can be discussed.

Meanwhile, other striking workers said they would continue to fight for R12,500 and would rather die than return to slavery.

The illegal strike started two weeks ago when about 3000 rock drill operators downed tools.

Besides the 34 people killed during last week's shooting, 10 others were killed since the beginning of the strike, including two police officers and two security guards.