Author: Mish Molakeng
MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA (REUTERS) -
"Wildcat strikers at Lonmin's Marikana mine rejected a pay offer on Friday, dashing any hope of ending five weeks of industrial action that has swept through South Africa's platinum sector and laid bare the power struggle in the ruling ANC.
"Workers camped on a rocky outcrop at the mine, where police shot dead 34 protesters last month, dismissed the offer as way below the 12,500 rand ($1,500) they have been demanding.
"We are not interested," striker representative Molifi Phele said as hundreds of stick-waving demonstrators chanted and danced around him on the sun-bleached grass in the heart of the 'platinum belt', 100km (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg.
"What he is offering cannot buy you anything. All we want is 12,500. ..."