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Amplats miners gather in Rustenburg

Anglo Platinum workers are trickling into the Bleskop stadium ahead of their meeting with their leaders.

Anglo Platinum workers gather at the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A few dozen Anglo Platinum workers have started to gather at the Bleskop stadium in Rustenburg.

They are expected to hold a mass meeting regarding their three week long illegal strike for higher wages.

On Friday, the company fired 12,000 miners after they failed to show up for disciplinary hearings.

The dismissals will also be discussed at the meeting.

The miners say they are anxiously waiting for their colleagues to arrive so they can play their way forward.

Most of them are unaware if they are in the group of 12,000 workers who have been dismissed.

The strike committee says more than 20,000 Amplats workers are on strike so the industrial action will go ahead regardless of the mine’s decision.

They are once again expected to try and mobilise workers from all of Anglo’s operations in Rustenburg to march to the stadium.
 
Meanwhile, the miners claim that one of protester was killed allegedly by police on Thursday.

They say this is the reason they failed to attend the disciplinary hearing on Friday.

At the same time, the ANC Youth League has condemned Amplat’s decision to fire its workers.

The league believes the matter should have been handled differently.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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