Mine worker critical after clashes at Amplats

A mine worker is in a critical condition following clashes at Anglo American Platinum in Rustenburg in the North West.

“There is one very critical person at the moment,” the police’s Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

He denied reports that a mine worker was killed in the clash between security guards and workers yesterday which left several people injured.

The critically injured person was taken to Milpark hospital in Johannesburg with serious head injuries.

“The person was hit by a blunt object,” he said.

Ngubane said that 13 people were injured at the Siphumelele shaft.

“Some of the people were hacked with pangas and sharp objects, while others were shot with security rubber bullets,” Ngubane said in a statement.

“A group of about 1 000 strong ... attacked four people who were at the union offices. Mine security intervened and fired rubber bullets, and in the process a total of 13 mineworkers, including four security guards, [were injured].”

Workers’ leader Gaddafhi Mdoda said workers from all shafts did not report for work today; instead they would meet at the Bleskop stadium.

“We want to do away with Anglo management. Details will be disclosed at the meeting,” he said.

In August last year, Amplats fired 12 000 strikers from its operation in Rustenburg. The workers were later taken back.

The North West town was the scene last year of violent mining protests which left dozens dead.

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