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Final goodbyes for Marikana miners

More Marikana miners will be buried this weekend.

File: Marikana miners prepare to attend the funerals of some of their colleagues who were killed in August. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MARIKANA - Striking Lonmin miners, still fighting for higher salaries, will forget their plight this weekend as they say their final farewells to their colleagues who died last month.

Some of the 34 Marikana Mine employees killed during a clash with police three weeks ago still need to be buried in their home towns. A total of 44 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in less than a week.

Many of the men who have continued to strike since police gunned down their fellow miners will be leaving the area on Friday to attend funerals in various parts of the country.

The rock drillers are demanding their salaries be increased to R12,500.

Despite Lonmin, mineworkers' union Num and other parties signing a peace accord, many miners are adamant they will stay away from work until their wage demands have been met. New union Amcu did not sign the accord.

Heavy rainfall forced the miners to cancel a meeting to discuss their next move, while a visit by former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema also had to be called off.

The striking miners are planning to march again on Monday.

They are also expecting leaders to update them on possible wage negotiations which are due to resume soon.

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