Lonmin miners regroup

Hundreds of defiant miners have reportedly regrouped near Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Miners on their way to the scene of the Lonmin shootings on 18 August 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

MARIKANA - Hundreds of defiant miners have reportedly regrouped near the scene of the Lonmin Marikana bloodbath.

Some 34 people died and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on striking workers earlier in August.

Lonmin management and unions have started negotiating, with the South African Council of Churches as the mediator.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) also sent representatives in a bid to find common ground.

But reports suggest that some miners were intimidated as they tried to make their way back to work.

On Monday, a small group of miners allegedly intimidated bus drivers and workers at the eastern platinum shafts.

Num has condemned the group, saying they were not members of their union.

According to the union, things appear to be returning to normal after weeks of unrest that resulted in the death of 44 people.

Two police officers and two security guards were also killed in the week-long violence.

At the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday, lawyers were locked in talks over the logistics around the case involving 259 mineworkers arrested on the day of the shooting.

The suspects face charges of murder and public violence.

The workers sat in police trucks as they waited for their case to be heard.

Heavily armed police officers guarded the trucks, while more than 50 people protested outside the courthouse.

Demonstrators demanded the state drops charges against the men.