ANC questions 'disturbing developments' in platinum strike

2014-06-08 14:06

The ANC leadership has questioned whether the strike in the North West platinum belt is a political one, its secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said.

"Of concern was whether this was a collective bargaining strike or a political strike," he told reporters at Luthuli House today following the party's national executive committee meeting this week.

"This question arose having noted ... disturbing developments."

Some of the developments included the Economic Freedom Fighters' alleged involvement in negotiations, and the articulation of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's position, apparently by white foreign nationals.

"These two factors led the lekgotla into cautioning the ministry of mineral resources in handling the facilitation with care," said Mantashe.

"There were questions about the role of the state in workplace disputes where there are clear rules guiding it."

Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have so far rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

New Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi set up an inter-governmental technical team to help resolve the wage dispute.

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