Mineworkers barricade roads in Limpopo
Johannesburg - Protesting mineworkers barricaded roads leading to the Modikwa Platinum Mine near Burgersfort on Thursday, Limpopo police said.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the protest was about wages.
"The mineworkers were to have had a legal march today [Thursday], but they blocked the access road to the mine around 04:00. The police were called to monitor the situation," she said.
She said the situation was tense as non-striking workers were being intimidated.
The National Union of Mineworkers announced on Wednesday that its members would go on strike from Thursday, until their pay demands have been met.
Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the union was demanding a 12% wage hike while the company offered 9.5% for the lowest paid workers, and 8.5% for highest paid workers.