Videoreport: Extended deadline for striking South Africa miners to report for duty

South African platinum producer Lonmin has extended for a day, a deadline for striking workers at its Marikana mine to return to work.

Workers have been told to show up for work on Tuesday or face the sack.

The company resumed operations on Monday at the site where 44 people were killed last week during deadly clashes with police.

About a third of the 3,000 striking workers headed back to the mine on Monday.

On Thursday, police shot 34 striking miners claiming they’d been charged at. Ten others were killed prior to the shootings including a union shop steward who was hacked to death.

The violence has been described as the worst since the end of apartheid.

“What happened was that an illegal strike took place, employees chose not to come to work, and then that very quickly escalated into an issue of public violence which was beyond our control, and one that needed the intervention of the South African Police services,” said Simon Scott, Lonmin’s Chief Financial Officer.

Communities around the mine are still in shock.

“No actually their actions were not right. They were supposed to not kill the people. They should have at least used tear gas,” said local resident Isaac Moleele.

Lonmin hopes its extended deadline to return to work will ensure it achieves the required number of staff to bring platinum ore out of the shafts once again.

But the human agony caused by last week’s tragedy is set to be felt for years to come.

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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