Seven striking miners injured at Amplats’ Khuseleka shaft

By Drum Digital
04 February 2014

Seven striking miners have been injured at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)’ Khuseleka 1 shaft following clashes with police

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to control a large group of striking miners carrying traditional weapons, North West police said on Tuesday.

"They were throwing stones at the police and even tried to push police around in an attempt not to disperse," spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

He said about 3000 striking miners carrying traditional weapons had blocked the road leading to Anglo American Platinum's Khuseleka 1 shaft in the morning.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said at least two miners were arrested.

According to Eye Witness News, officers used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse around 3,000 workers at the Khuseleka shaft 1 in Rustenburg in the North West.

Adding that seven striking miners have been injured following clashes with police.

They wanted to remove non-striking miners from the shaft.

"Rubber bullets were then used after numerous attempts to get them to move [were not adhered to]," he said.

Ngubane said two people were arrested and no one was injured. The platinum sector has been crippled by the strike headed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

The union is demanding a R12,500 basic salary for miners. Around 80,000 miners have downed tools as negotiations continue between the union and the employers.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was facilitating the talks.

Source: - Eye Witness News

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