Marikana workers told to return to work
Amcu will approach the CCMA to discuss the issue of majority recognition at the Lonmin mine.
MARIKANA - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday called on striking Lonmin miners to return to work.
He addressed thousands of miners at the Wonderkop Stadium just hours after four shots were heard inside the venue.
It is still not clear who fired shots in the stadium.
No injuries were reported as a result of Wednesday afternoon's shooting.
Miners downed tools on Tuesday at the Marikana operation
Workers were demanding majority recognition for Amcu and for the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) to vacate offices at the North West mine.
Mathunjwa called on miners to report for duty on Wednesday evening and called for union members to regroup on Thursday for another meeting.
The union leader will now approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to discuss the issue of recognition at the Lonmin mine.
Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held on Thursday for slain Amcu regional chairperson Mawethu Stevens.
He was killed in a suspected hit at the weekend.
Mathunjwa said mine management failed in its duty to report Num members for carrying firearms around the mine.
Analysts from international ratings agency Moody's warned the strike could impact South Africa's export competitiveness and the country's overall credit rating.
In 2012, Moody's cut South Africa's government bond rating, citing uncertainty in the country's future political stability.
Moody's said it was worried about the spillover effects from the strikes and its possible impact on the social fabric of South Africa.
Industrial Development Corporation chief economist Lumkile Mondi said analysts were worried.
"There is also a lack of a common agenda among South Africans. We expect the government to call a meeting of all stakeholders on the social impact of the strike."
Moody's added persistent charges of maladministration against President Jacob Zuma's administration and the controversial Protection of State Information Bill were negative for the country's image.