Striking South African miners say they have accepted deal

The strike at the South African platinum mine where 34 miners were killed in a clash last month with police is ending, a union representative said Tuesday.

Zolisa Bodlani, one of the striking miners' representatives, told CNN that the National Union of Mineworkers has accepted the Lonmin mining company's offer of 9,000 rand (about $1,084) a month minimum wage, and 11,000 rand (about $1,325) a month for rock drill operators. Those salaries are almost double the miners' pre-strike wages.

Bodlani said the striking miners will go back to work Thursday.

Lonmin spokeswoman Felicity Hudson said the mining company has heard that report, but she said certainty about a resolution is premature.

Police opened fire on protesters at Lonmin's Marikana mine last month. Nevertheless, South African authorities at first charged 270 miners with murder before dropping the charges pending further investigation.

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