Fired miners threaten violence

2012-10-06 13:00
Striking Amplats mineworkers. (Lucky Nxumalo, City Press

Striking Amplats mineworkers. (Lucky Nxumalo, City Press

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Rustenburg - Hundreds of the 12 000 miners sacked by the world's largest platinum producer gathered on Saturday to protest their dismissal and mourn a colleague killed in clashes with police.

The workers meeting at a stadium in would also debate how to respond to the mass dismissal by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

Some told AFP they would use violence to force mine management to rehire them.

"If they are not willing to talk to us many things will be burnt starting from today," said Hendrick Mpondo, 27.

"If they say they dismissed us we are going to fight against them," he said.

"Right now some of the workers were planning to go and burn the smelters."

Near the Thembelani shaft, three vehicles torched on Friday night lay by the road side, a sign of the violence that has accompanied the strike.

Groups of workers from various shafts made their way into the stadium under police escort, singing and chanting slogans, while a helicopter circled the area.

This came after a National Union of Mineworkers (Num) branch leader at a different mine was shot dead in nearby Marikana on Friday evening.

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