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Marikana communities approach ConCourt to reverse Lonmin Platinum Mine sale

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Six Marikana mining communities in the North West have filed papers at the Constitutional Court seeking to reverse the R5 billion sale of Lonmin Platinum Mine.

On Friday thousands of mineworkers will be commemorating the killing of 34 people at the infamous koppie, seven years ago.

The world’s third-largest platinum producer Lonmin merged with Sibanye-Stillwater in June 2019.

Communities say they were excluded from this deal.

Brain Khanyile, one of the lawyers representing the communities, says, “We approached the Constitutional Court. We are challenging the decision, and it actually undermines certain aspects and rights of the communities that fall under greater Marikana.”

Longest strike

Lonmin is infamous for the country’s longest workers’ strike that ended in the death of 34 miners –  shot and killed by police in August 2012.

In the preceding days, ten others were killed, including two security guards and two police officers.

In 2017 – four years after a record five-month wage strike – Lonmin recorded a 40% loss. 13 000 jobs were shed and 5 of 11 shafts in Rustenburg closed.

Mining giant, Sibanye dangled a R5.4 billion takeover carrot.

 

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