North West police clash with Amcu strikers

2014-02-04 14:59
Protesting Amcu members. (File photo: AFP)

Protesting Amcu members. (File photo: AFP)

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Johannesburg - 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," spokesperson 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.

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.

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