Marikana miners chase media away

Striking Marikana miners have asked police to remove the media from Wonderkop Stadium.

Miners gather at the Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana, amid a heavy police presence. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

MARIKANA - Striking Marikana miners on Tuesday called on the police to remove the media from Wonderkop Stadium where they are receiving feedback on wage negotiations.

The miners claim the media interfered in their wage negotiations with incorrect reports, resulting in new wage demands.

Workers said reports incorrectly said miners had lowered their offer to R11,000.

Miners told Eyewitness News they do not want to disclose the figure to anyone at this stage, and want journalists barred from entering the area, where they are holding a meeting.

If striking miners agree to the latest offer by Lonmin, a deal could be signed later when wage talks resume.

Miners want to return to their posts as soon as possible as their financial burdens grow.

On Monday, police prevented former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema from addressing striking miners.

Malema has been accused of inciting violence by visiting miners and supporting their plight.

In August, at least 34 people were killed during clashes with the police.