Lonmin miners confident about wage hike

Some striking miners believe Lonmin’s management will give in to their demands of a R12,500 salary.

Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine in the North West sit on a nearby hill, awaiting instruction from their leaders. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Two weeks after the Marikana shooting, striking miners on Thursday said they were confident an agreement will be reached with Lonmin bosses over the next few days.

The mineworkers have gathered again near the informal settlement in Marikana refusing to return to work until their salaries are increased to R12,500.

Some miners said there was talk of a two year wage settlement, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Thebe Seshange said his leaders were still in talks.

"The meeting is underway. They are now going to negotiate about the money."

Meanwhile, the atmosphere is sombre after the deadly shootout which left 34 miners dead.

In total, 44 people lost their lives, including two policemen.

Protesters said they are afraid of police who are patrolling the area, but they are not prepared to back down on their demands saying it would be unfair on those who died while fighting for the salary hike.

At the same time, most of the 270 Lonmin workers arrested two weeks ago will appear in the Garankuwa Magistrates Court later.

The state will hear if it will be given a seven day postponement.

If the application is granted, the men will not be able to apply for bail, they face charges related to the week of violent demonstrations at the Marikana mine.

Court proceedings have seen yet another delay while logistics around space issues are being arranged.

Only 10 journalists will be allowed to sit in during proceedings and limited space has been provided for the public.

The arrested miners face charges including murder and public violence.

Police said the number has increased from 259 because they have made more arrests.

However, police have been accused of assaulting the prisoners.

The Independent Police Investigate Directorate (IPID) is currently investigating the cases.

There are also reports that two miners who were shot two weeks ago have yet to receive any medical attention.