Lonmin opens intimidation case against workers

Around 200 workers protested on Lonmin property in a bid to prevent people from going to work.

Lonmin miners gather ahead of Julius Malema’s visit on 18 August 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

MARIKANA - Lonmin management has opened a case of intimidation against several striking miners, police confirmed on Tuesday.

This after 200 workers protested inside Lonmin premises in a bid to prevent people from going to work.

A total of 44 people have been killed in violent protests at the North West mine since the beginning of August.

Work attendance continues to drop, with less than five percent of employees reporting for duty this week.

The mining company has been losing millions since operations came to a standstill.

Lonmin is desperately trying to get miners to sign a peace accord and return to their jobs.

Talks between employers, unions and workers will resume at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Thursday.

On Monday, striking miners refused to sign the accord, saying they will only return to work if their wage demands are discussed.

But Lonmin said it wants to restore peace and stability in the area before talks can begin.

Meanwhile, the president of the African People's Convention Themba Godi arrived in Marikana to support striking workers on Tuesday.

He said it was unfair for Lonmin bosses to expect the workers to return to work, without addressing their wage demands.

Godi said he sympathised with the workers, saying they must not retreat.

"I am not sure if there is anybody who expects them to retreat. You can see Lonmin is not interested in anything else besides losing production."