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'Platinum peace deal must be respected'

Amcu and Lonmin have been asked to honour their commitment to a peace accord.

Army and police have been deployed in Marikana as more workers are expected to return to work on 14 May 2014 after months of strike. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MARIKANA - The Chamber of Mines has called on mining union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Lonmin to honour their commitment to a peace accord and end the violence associated with the wage strike on the platinum belt.

Amcu's strike for a basic salary of R12,500 is now in its fourth month and three people have been killed in the past week, in what is suspected to be strike-related violence.

Extra security has moved into Marikana in the wake of violence this weekend and this morning and they will escort Amcu members who want to return to work.

The chamber condemned the murders, calling on police to make swift arrests.

Spokesperson Zingaphi Matanzima said the peace accord must be respected.

Meanwhile, Amcu members at Lonmin have started marching towards the Wonderkop Stadium as the company resumes operations.

It's still unclear how many workers have reported for duty today.

The mass meeting is expected to be addressed by Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa.

Mathunjwa addresses hundreds of members during a march outside Impala Platinum's headquarters. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

There are 1,000 people walking to the Wonderkop Stadium.

Army and police have been deployed in Marikana as more workers are expected to return to work after months of strike action. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The workers are Amcu members who refuse to return to work.

There's a procession of miners carrying sticks, singing songs and taking turns marching past police officers and mine security.

Some miners have been camped outside the facility's entrance since 2am this morning.

They say they've been keeping guard to ensure that no one gets inside.

Earlier a woman, who is part of the protest, wept as she spoke of her hunger.

She says the prolonged strike is taking its toll on her family.

Another march from the nearby Karee Shaft is expected to start later this morning.

The miners said they felt confident that their colleagues would not accept direct offers made to them by Lonmin.

Picture: EWN.

The police and security are stationed 100 km from the area and have been patrolling the areas where the miners stay.