South African president Jacob Zuma has responded to the threat of strike action by the country's platinum miners.
He said: "Illegal strikes and intimidation will not help striking miners", adding it would "make the country worse off".
He said that strikers' concern should be addressed within the "labour framework".
The standoff between striking miners and South African authorities hardened as workers rejected a new deal and 'gatherings' were banned.
The expelled ANC firebrand politician Julius Malema tells ITV News black South Africans are worse off now than they were during apartheid.
Fifty of the South African miners who were charged with the murder of their colleagues have celebrated their freedom outside a courthouse.