'We'll bring Lonmin to its knees'

Striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine refuse to back down from their wage demands.

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

MARIKANA - Striking Marikana miners in the North West on Wednesday said they will bring Lonmin to its knees and urged every person employed by the company to stay away from work.

Thousands of protesters marched to the company's Karee Mine and threatened workers who reported for duty.

Mineworkers said they will continue striking until they receive a response about their wage demands.

The protesters, armed with sticks and knobkerries, outnumbered police.

They made various threats against Lonmin management and non-striking workers.

Demonstrators vowed to burn down a shaft at the mine if employees did not down tools in solidarity.

One miner said it was unfair that some chose to work while others fought for higher wages.

Striking miners refuse to return to work until their salary demand of R12,500 is guaranteed.

Around 44 people, including two police officers, were killed in the week-long violence.

Some 34 miners were killed and 78 others injured by police on August 16.

Trouble at the mine started when around 3,000 rock drill operators downed tools in early August.

Meanwhile, talks between Lonmin, labour officials and unions are expected to continue on Thursday in an attempt to resolve the impasse.