3 cases opened against Amcu for strike-related violence

2014-01-25 09:30

Three criminal cases relating to the ongoing strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the platinum sector have been opened.

The first involved a 37-year-old woman who was assaulted by two men with iron rods at Impala Platinum’s number 11 shaft at 7.15am, said North West Police Brigadier Thulani Ngubane yesterday.

“The suspects are alleged to be Amcu members who were trying to prevent her from reporting for duty. The police are in hot pursuit of the suspects.”

At 8am, also at Impala Platinum, a 34-year-old man had a firearm pointed at him by a man who threatened to shoot him.

“The third case was also reported by a 29-year-old male who alleges that his BMW 320 windscreen was damaged by an unknown white male suspect at about 10.05am at the 1 shaft of Impala Platinum.”

A case of malicious damage to property has been opened.

A strike by Amcu at Impala, Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum entered its second day yesterday. Amcu wants an entry-level monthly salary of R12 500.

Ngubane said a preliminary investigation into the torching of a Chinese-owned furniture shop in Wonderkop on Thursday night showed that the fire had been caused by an electric fault.

“Even though the matter [was] not strike-related, we still urge business and private property owners in Marikana to intensify security in their business areas, especially at night,” said Ngubane.

“This will complement the day-and-night work done by police officers on the dusty streets of Marikana.”

The police reiterated their call for striking miners to respect the rule of law.

“It is our belief that we share a common goal of a peaceful strike that is free from violence and intimidation,” said Ngubane.

He said striking miners had dispersed by Friday afternoon.

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