Marikana peace talks promising
Wednesday 29 August 2012 18:43
Government and union leaders met with mine management to map a way forward.(SABC)
A Marikana Peace Accord could be signed by the end of the week. It hinges on a meeting attended by various stakeholders in Rustenburg, North West. Government and union leaders met with mine management to map a way forward.
If talks succeed, it will pave the way for inclusive salary negotiations – a core issue that led to the violent strike by mineworkers a few weeks ago. Violent clashes saw 44 people killed at the Lonmin Marikana mine.
NUM President Senzile Zokwana said: “We are smiling, we are talking – so it means that everybody is aware we must find a solution to the problem at Marikana.”
Lesotho’s High Commissioner Dineo Ntoane said: “We believe that out of this, we should have a way forward and as the High Commissioner of Lesotho here, representing the interests of Basotho, we are here to come, observe and somehow ensure that the rights of Basotho are respected.”
Three Lesotho nationals who worked at the mine, died during the clashes.
Only 7% of the workforce has reported for duty at the mine. Salary negotiations will resume once a peace accord is in place.
We are smiling, we are talking so it means that everybody is aware we must find a solution to the problem at Marikana”.
State accused of infringing on Lonmin miners’ rights
Wednesday 29 August 2012 14:57
200 Lonmin platinum mine workers are facing public violence and attempted murder charges in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court.(SABC)
Lawyers representing 200 Lonmin platinum mine workers have accused the state of infringing on the miners’ Constitutional rights. The miners are facing public violence and attempted murder charges in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court, north of Pretoria. Defence has told the court that the accused have been denied their right to freedom, dignity, health, and a fair trial.
Advocate Lesego Mmusi says two of the accused are reported to have suffered gunshot wounds and are yet to receive treatment. Mmusi argues that the case of the state is dead and the magistrate should deny state the seven day postponement and grant the accused bail.
He says the state is attempting to frustrate the workers by depriving them of a fair trial. According to him, the fact that only a few of them attend the proceedings speaks volume about the fairness of the case.
The miners were arrested during the illegal strike that turned violent at the mine in Marikana in the North West leaving over 40 people dead. Peace talks involving rival unions and cabinet ministers are under way in Rustenburg.