Lonmin denies political pressure

Amcu will on Thursday tell its members whether the strike is officially over at another mass meeting.

Lonmin miners take part in an illegal strike on 14 May 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

MARIKANA - Platinum producer Lonmin had on Thursday denied that it had given into political pressure to keep the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on the premises despite it not being the majority.

The claims surfaced as thousands of miners in Marikana in the North West went on an unprotected strike on Monday.

They belong to rival union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) which is the now the majority and are demanding that NUM leave the mine.

Lonmin's Sue Vey said their main priority is a peaceful resolution.

"It would appear at times that decisions are made which favour one or the other, but our goal is to have equal representation appropriate for unions based on their members."

While miners have returned to work their strike is not officially over until they are told by their leaders at another mass meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa will report back to his members after a meeting he had with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to ensure that the union is recognised as the majority union at Marikana.

A total of three people including a high ranking Amcu official have been killed during the weekend, which is believed to a have sparked the protest.