Parties agree to tackle mine violence

A mining peace accord has now been signed by all parties involved in last year’s Marikana tragedy.

Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine carried traditional weapons as they demonstrated, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A mining peace accord has been signed by all parties involved in the Marikana tragedy which happened during August last year.

Several business people and union leaders added their signatures to a call for an end to violence in the mining sector.

The signatories include the Chamber of Mines, the National Union of Mineworkers and other unions who represent workers in mines across the country.

The Department of Mineral Resources on Monday said the agreement was the first step towards quelling violence, intimidation and lack of respect for life and property seen in the mining sector.

Spokesperson Zingaphi Jakuja said a plan of action would be created over the next two weeks.

She said violence at mines is an "urgent matter" the agreement will go a long way towards solving.