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Churches call for relief in Marikana

Religious groups and NGOs have provided food and sanitation parcels to mineworkers.

The Gift of the Givers hands out food parcels to striking Amcu miners at Anglo American Platinum in Rustenburg on 20 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches has called for more humanitarian relief for the striking miners and their families on the platinum belt.

About 24,000 Lonmin miners, who are Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, have been on strike for four months, demanding a R12,500 entry-level salary.

The council joined several religious groups and non-profit organisations who have provided food and sanitation parcels.

Video: Soup kitchen feeds starving Wonderkop residents.

Soup kitchens are also being used to feed the workers who've been without income for more than four months.

The council's Ziphozihle Siwa said, "We appeal to all stakeholders to say this is the time to join hands in the transformation of society but with the aim of justice, dignity and peace."

The soup kitchen is run by locals in the township and provides two meals a day to the families of mineworkers.

Lonmin Platinum said many of its employees were struggling to survive, and while Amcu set up a trust fund to help their family members, community members in Marikana are doing what they can to supply food.

All pictures in this story are by EWN.