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More than 1,000 striking South African miners are demonstrating at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, where police shot dead 34 of their colleagues last month. Dozens of police have arrived at the scene while a helicopter hovers above the protesting rock-drill operators.

One man at the front of the column waved a placard reading “We want 12,500 or nothing else” Another protester said the demonstrators were heading to Lonmin’s nearby Karee mine to “take out the people who are working in the mine shaft”. 

Surely Lomin must realise that increasing wages is cheaper than fighting a strike and the business disruption it brings. As comrades have already died for this cause this will not or should not simply fade away.