- Title: Lonmin reports lower output as protesters demand compensation
- Date: 26th January 2017
- Summary: ECONOMIC RELATIONS PROGRAMME DIRECTOR - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK, PETER FRANKENTAL, HOLDING PLACARD WITH PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) ECONOMIC RELATIONS PROGRAMME DIRECTOR - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK, PETER FRANKENTAL, SAYING: "We would like to see the company act with urgency in providing affordable accommodation for those who live in squalid conditions in informal settlements around the Marikana mine. We would like to see the company end its approach of misinformation, excuses to why it hasn't constructed the houses it has promised. We would like to see much greater transparency as to its approach."
- Embargoed: 9th February 2017 12:16
- Keywords: Marikana massacre miners South Africa bishop Johannes Seoka
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / MARKINA RUSTENBERG, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / MARKINA RUSTENBERG, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00560PX83R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Protesters outside the annual gathering meeting (AGM) for mining corporation Lonmin demanded on Thursday (January 26) the firm be held responsible for an incident dubbed the "Marikana Massacre" in August 2012, when South African police shot 34 striking mine workers.
A nearly three-year long commission of inquiry in 2015 found Lonmin, police and unions were responsible for the killings.
The protesters added their voice to calls from civil society groups for compensation for the families of the dead miners, a public apology and a monument.
"We would like the shareholders to hear the narrative that is likely to die if it's not retold now and again. We would like to see the shareholders take responsibility for ethical investment so that their money is used for developmental reasons, rather than the destruction of human life and environment," said South African bishop, Dr Johannes Seoka, who had travelled from Pretoria.
Peter Frankental from Amnesty International UK said that the human rights organisation would like to see Lonmin provide better conditions for mine workers.
"We would like to see the company end its approach of misinformation, excuses to why it hasn't constructed the houses it has promised. We would like to see much greater transparency as to its approach," he said.
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