Lonmin worker attacks woman

The worker attacked the woman and started whipping her after she took photos of protest leaders.

Lonmin miners start marching, demanding better pay. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - A striking worker at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Tuesday attacked a woman in the crowd.

The worker attacked the victim and started whipping her after she took photos of protest leaders.

He allegedly attacked her because he believed she was a spy for Lonmin bosses.

A group of protesters then gathered around the woman and started searching through her cellphone.

Meanwhile, thousands of miners joined the protest action determined to stay away from work until their wage demands are met.

Workers marched to several shafts to force colleagues to join in the march.

This as mining representatives met with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

On Tuesday, the CCMA warned it will pull out of wage negotiations if the striking miners do not return to their posts.

Lonmin bosses on Tuesday condemned the efforts by the "minority" to keep the mine closed.

The platinum producer said the loss of production created a real threat to all jobs.

The mineworkers are demanding their salaries be increased to R12,500 a month.

The workers have been on strike since early August, with demonstrations turning violent on several occasions.

At least 44 people, including police officers and security guards, were killed at the mine.

Some 34 miners were killed on August 16, after police opened fire on the striking workers.