Lonmin workers disperse

A group of miners that regrouped at the site of the Lonmin Marikana shooting have dispersed.

Protesters await instruction from their leaders, at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Police on Monday said a group of miners that regrouped at the site of the Lonmin Marikana shooting have peacefully dispersed.

National police spokesperson Dennis Adriao said the workers held a meeting in the area earlier on Monday.

At least 34 died and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on striking workers on August 16.

Lonmin management and unions have now started negotiating in a bid to find a solution to the impasse.

The South African Council of Churches will mediate talks.

Both the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) sent officials to the meeting.

According to Num, the situation appears to be returning to normal after weeks of unrest in the volatile North West town.

At least 44 people, including two police officers and security personnel, died in the clashes.

Meanwhile, lawyers are still making arrangements at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on behalf of the 259 workers that were arrested following the shooting.

The mineworkers, who are yet to make their second court appearance, face charges of murder and public violence.

They plan on applying for bail yet again, after their application was dismissed last week Monday.

A group of people also gathered outside court protesting against the 259 arrests.