Johannesburg - Striking miners vowed on
Tuesday to stay at the top of a hill in Wonderkop, near Lonmin's [JSE:LON] Marikana mine, until their pay was pushed up to R12 500 a month.
They claimed they were being paid R4 000
per month, and those living outside the hostel R5 000.
"We want money. We have kids to
take care of," said one worker, Alfred Makhaya, from the Eastern
He had been working for Lonmin for over
eight years and was being paid R4 000 a month. He was forced to leave
the hostel to rent a room so he could have an extra R1 000.
"This money is too little, I am
working hard and I'm being paid so little."
He said if he was not going to be paid
R12 500 per month, his children would end up being thieves, because
he would be unable to pay for their education.
Another worker, Lichaba Pafkalasi from
Lesotho, said the R12 500 would enable him to support his family. He
claimed the mine's staff shot at him at the weekend, killing two of
They then decided to move to the
mountain to discuss their next move. They claimed the mines sent the
police to shoot them.
Earlier, about 500 men gathered on top
of the mountain, armed with knobkerries and iron rods.
Local residents said an inyanga
(herbalist) or sangoma (traditional healer) would perform a ritual on
the mountain top and sprinkle the men with muti (traditional
medicine) to "make them brave".
Nine people - two police officers, two
security guards, three protesters and two other men - have been
killed during protests at the mine, which began on Friday.
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