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Marikana: More miners return to work

Police say violence on the platinum belt has decreased and more miners are returning to work.

Non-striking miners reporting for duty in Marikana on 15 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MARIKANA - Violence on the platinum belt seems to be decreasing as more and more miners return to work.

North West police say no incidents of intimidation or violence have been reported in the past 24 hours at the Anglo, Impala and Lonmin platinum shafts.

The police presence in the area was increased dramatically this week as Lonmin started escorting its employees to work.

Watch: Police crack down on Marikana violence

The intervention also follows the murder of three mineworkers near Marikana. But since then, no arrests have been made.

Army and police were deployed to Marikana, as more workers to return to work after months of strike. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

North West police's Thulani Ngubane says the platinum belt has returned to calm since tensions flared earlier this week and allegations of intimidation made by the platinum companies.

"We can safely say that it all looks quiet at this point, there were no incident of violence or intimidation reported to the police."

The murder of three mineworkers last weekend sparked fears the area may descend back into violence and Ngubane says officers will maintain a high presence in certain areas to ensure peace over the next few days.

"We'll continue with the high presence in the areas, as we said, which is going to be consistently maintained."

Watch: Marikana: A town divided

Despite calls by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for non-striking workers to report intimidation, Ngubane says this has not happened and they have not made any arrests.

Watch: Soup kitchen feeds starving Marikana miners

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