Mine security, Amcu strikers clash in Rustenburg

2014-01-24 08:22

Mine security used water cannons on strikers at Anglo American Platinum’s Khuseleka mine in Rustenburg, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has said.

“The situation is out of control, it is tense,” said co-ordinator Evans Ramokga.

“Mine police [security] without any provocation sprayed workers with water. The workers had gathered to picket outside the mine’s operation.”

He said the workers retaliated by pelting the security staff with stones.

“If there was anything wrong, they should have informed the marshals or contacted me,” said Ramokga.

Amcu members at Amplats, Impala Platinum and Lonmin went on strike yesterday demanding entry-level monthly salaries of R12 500.

Ramokga yesterday said the union had roped in more marshals to ensure that the strike was peaceful.

North West police could not immediately confirm the incident.

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