Heavy police presence in Marikana

North West police are on high alert following labour disruptions at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

Police officers monitor Lonmin protesters. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - There is a heavy police presence at Lonmin's Marikana Mine in the North West after a large group of miners refused to report for duty.

Some 4,000 workers embarked on a stay away after some of their colleagues were arrested earlier this week.

Police also apprehended protest leader Xolani Nzuza, who was involved in the six-week long industrial action at the mine.

But it is still not clear what charges he will face.

Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey said police were called to the area after sporadic labour disruptions were reported.

"We are going to attempt to keep production going, as it has been."

Thursday's stay away comes just days before an official inquiry into the August bloodbath is set to get underway.

In August, President Jacob Zuma appointed retired judge Ian Farlam to head hearings investigating a police shootout that claimed the lives of 34 protesters.

More than 10 others, including police officers and security guards, were killed during the violent wage strike.