Cape Town - Lonmin [JSE:LON] were treating developments at the mine
with the utmost seriousness, chairperson Roger Phillimore said in a statement.
"The South African Police Service have been in charge
of public order and safety on the ground since the violence between competing
labour factions erupted over the weekend," he said.
Lonmin said it welcomed the increased presence of the South
African Police Services (SAPS) at the site of the mine, in a statement. The
company said it was cooperating fully with the authorities to help restore a
safe and secure environment for its employees as quickly as possible.
Lonmin shares were down 7.34% to R83.70 at last trade.
South African police minister Nathi Mthethwa confirmed on
Friday that more than 30 people were killed in a security crackdown on striking
miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum
mine the previous day.
Asked in an interview on Talk Radio 702 whether he could
confirm reports of at least 30 deaths, Mthethwa said “Yes.”
He later clarified: “I’m talking yesterday only.”
As the country reeled in shock at the deaths of Lonmin mine
workers in Marikana on Thursday, the company released a statement saying its
CEO was ill.
"It is with regret that the company must announce that
Ian Farmer, the chief executive officer, has been diagnosed with a serious
illness and is presently in hospital.
"The board, on behalf of the entire company, wishes him
a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with Ian and his family at this
difficult time," Lonmin said in a statement.
It said the day-to-day running of the business would taken
by over executive committee member Roger Phillimore.
A shootout between police and strikers at mine in Marikana
in the North West ended in at least 18 people dead or wounded.
The count was made by a Sapa reporter on the scene, who said
the victims were lying in the veld.
The shooting erupted when police sought to disperse armed
striking workers who had gathered on a hill in the area.
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