Report: South African miners threatened
PRETORIA — Miners are being intimidated into staying away from work at the South African mine where 34 people were recently shot dead by police, the owners say.
Lonmin said just 13 per cent of workers have reported for duty today and that miners have been threatened.
Hundreds of miners have reportedly gathered outside the mine, amid a heavy police presence.
Leaders of the ruling ANC are expected to discuss the deaths.
The ANC has been criticised for the way the matter was handled, and President Jacob Zuma is expected to face tough questions at the closed-door meeting.
Lonmin, the world’s third largest platinum producer, had hoped that the strike at the Marikana platinum mine would end and production would resume.
“Employees are waiting for the environment to be safe. Groups of people are walking around intimidating people who come onto the property,” Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey told the BBC.
The 13 per cent turnout is a sharp drop from the 30 per cent who turned up for work last week and 57 per cent at the weekend.
Operations at Lonmin’s mines have virtually ground to a halt since the strike began. (BBC)