Mining company, Lonmin, says a decision to engage state agencies in the period leading up to the August 16 Marikana tragedy was simply part of a process aimed at achieving normality.
Lonmin's responded to claims by legal teams for the families of dead miners that they had picked up email between mine bosses and government that encouraged action against striking miners.
ANC heavyweight and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa's name was mentioned. Lonmin says it's not responsible for law enforcement and it stands to reason that it would communicate with government to find a peaceful resolution.
Meanwhile, attempts to end the illegal strike at Bokoni Platinum mine at Atok in Limpopo have failed. Management is adamant that it will not talk to unrecognised unions.
Workers now say they no longer want the unions the mines recognise, to represent them
Workers now say they no longer want the unions the mines recognise, to represent them. They are demanding a monthly salary of R16 500, after deductions.
Management has refused to heed their call or talk to their representatives. They were given an ultimatum to return to work or face dismissal, but ignored the ultimatum.
Last week they were dismissed. Workers say they will not be represented by National Union of Mineworkers and Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA
Police are keeping a strong presence in the area.