Marikana miners rebuff fresh pay offer

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Marikana miners rebuff fresh pay offer

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Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa have rejected another pay offer from management on Friday.

Unions representing them rebuffed the hike put forward by Lonmin directors of 1,000 rand (94 euros).

Miners earn 4,000 to 5,000 rand a month, but they are seeking more than double that amount.

Mining is a key part of South Africa’s economy. The government wants them to call off their five-week industrial action and return to work.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe urged “all South Africans to desist from all these illegal acts and must work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that this situation is brought to normality”.

The protests have at times turned violent, with clashes between rival unions and the police.

On August 16, officers shot dead 34 miners in what South African media dubbed the ‘Marikana Massacre’.

It sparked controversy nationwide and was the most deadly action by security forces since the end of apartheid 18 years ago.