'No mine sackings' during mourning
South African ministers have convinced mine managers that no striking miners should be sacked while the nation is in official mourning over 44 deaths around the strike-bound Marikana mine, including 34 men shot dead by police, a presidential spokesman said.
Harold Maloka said the agreement came at a Cabinet meeting on Monday after officials from mining firm Lonmin had given striking rock drill operators until 7am on Tuesday to report for work or face dismissal.
Mine executive vice president Mark Munroe told TalkRadio 702FM that those who did not report for work would face punishment but not necessarily dismissal.
Mr Munroe said violence could rise "if Lonmin goes out and dismisses a whole lot of people for not coming to work today".