Lonmin shooting leaves miners 'scarred'

Lonmin miners say they are still traumatised after the deadly shooting which left 34 dead.

Striking Lonmin miners await news from the leaders as police keep a close watch nearby. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - Two weeks since the bloody shootout at Lonmin's Marikana mine and defiant miners said on Wednesday they were still traumatised.

While negotiations between protest leaders and mine bosses continue over the wage deadlock, employees are determined to stay away from work.

The miners continue to gather at a spot about a kilometre away from the shooting scene.

Miner Thebe Seshanke said they will not go any closer.

"We are still traumatised and disturbed. We can't even look at the mountain because it reminds us of our brothers we have lost."

There is an uneasy calm in the area as discussions continue between mine bosses and workers.

Miners said they will not back down from their R12,500 salary demand while Lonmin said peace and stability must be restored before the wage issue continues.

A total of 34 miners were shot during clashes with police officers during protests.

Police claimed miners opened fire on them with live ammunition prompting them to retaliate with their firearms.

The week before 10 people were killed including two policemen and two security guards when protests began.

The incident has drawn much attention with government also stepping in to try and calm tensions.

President Jacob Zuma visited the scene twice and instructed that a commission of inquiry be launched to investigate the tragic killings.