20 August 2012

South Africa: Marikana Committee Meets

Marikana — The Inter-ministerial Committee, set up by President Jacob Zuma, had its first meeting in the North West today to discuss a way forward on the recent tragedy at the Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana.

Last week, 34 striking Lonmin Platinum miners were killed in clashes with police, while 78 sustained injuries. Prior to this, 10 others - including two police officers - had been killed.

After its meeting on Monday, which was closed to the media, the Committee members proceeded to Phokeng mortuary to assist family members and health workers identify the bodies which were taken there after Thursday's tragedy.

Back at Lonmin mine, where the shooting incident took place, the mood was somber, with some of the miners' relatives still gathered there.

A heavy police presence can still be seen in the area, where vehicles are regularly stopped and searched.

Relatives of some of the deceased miners came to perform rituals at the place where the incident took place.

This morning, a few workers heeded mine management's call to return to work. This after mine management warned that those who failed to return to work would face dismissal.

The committee is expected to coordinate and lead all support to families and relatives, including the identification of family members, counseling and burials, the Presidency said.

The committee includes North West Premier Thandi Modise and the Ministers of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu; Police, Nathi Mthethwa, Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini; Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi; Labour, Mildred Oliphant; Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Health, Aaron Motsoaledi; State Security, Siyabonga Cwele and Home Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

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