Police deny harassing Marikana miners

Police confirmed that the four suspects arrested at the North West mine will face murder charges.

Members of the police's tactical response team on standby at Lonmin's Marikana Mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Thursday denied harassing miners at Lonmin's Marikana Mine in the North West.

Earlier this week, four community members were arrested by police, including a man who led the six-week long violent strike at the mine.

Around 4,000 Lonmin miners refused to go to work on Thursday, demanding that police release their colleagues.

According to officials, the four suspects will face murder charges.

The murders they were arrested for took place before and after the day 34 miners were gunned down during a clash with police officers.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said they were not targetting the miners.

"We have a strong case against them."

At least 47 people were killed during illegal protests.

Miners downed tools to demand a monthly salary of R12,500.

The dispute over wages in Marikana sparked widespread strikes in the mining sector across South Africa.