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Slain Lonmin mineworkers remembered

Thursday 20 December 2012 05:31


Police shot and killed 34 striking Lonmin mineworkers in August. (SABC)

Over 1000 Lonmin mineworkers gathered yesterday to pray at the koppie near the Nkaneng Informal settlement in the North West in memory of their fallen colleagues, friends and relatives.

They were amongst the 34 mine workers who were shot and killed by the police while striking for wage increases.  It’s the site where miners gathered for days before the August 18 shootings. Yesterday, marked 100 days since the incident happened in August. 

Just last week, one of the wounded workers committed suicide. It was attributed to the trauma the workers experienced during the shooting. Yesterday, workers came to seek divine intervention.

Some of the workers also complained about not being paid increases promised by Lonmin mine management. The Worker's Committee pledged to take the matter up with the mining company. Lonmin, however, insists it has honoured its commitment to the workers.

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