The IFP laments the loss of lives and injuries which have taken place at Lonmin Marikana mine. Our sympathies go to the loved ones, families, relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives.
IFP Spokesperson on Mineral Resources, Hon Eric Lucas MP said, "In this day and age problems should be solved in a more civilized manner. We hope that the Unions which are involved can come to an agreement in order for negotiations to proceed."
"We believe that more constraints must be used in order to stop this ongoing behaviour. NUM and Amcu, as the mineworkers' unions, should protect their members, listen and take note of their grievances. Workers shouldn't resolve to violence in order to be heard," said Lucas.
The IFP calls for investigations to identify those who started the shooting between police and mineworkers, and insists they be made to account.
We also hope for a mutual agreement between the workers and their employer.