Amplats miners stay away from work

Workers at most of Amplats shafts in Rustenburg have embarked on a work stoppage in support of their injured colleagues. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Workers at some Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mines shafts in Rustenburg on Tuesday embarked on a work stoppage in support of their injured colleagues.

A total of 13 people were hurt during violence between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Monday.

Clashes erupted when a group of about 1,000 people attacked the offices of four NUM shop stewards at the 1 Siphumelele shaft.

Disgruntled mineworkers were demanding that mine management send home stewards reoccupying the offices after returning from special leave.

Police and mine security opened fire on a group who were attacking members belonging to NUM.

Spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said three of the injured people were in a critical condition, while the others were receiving stabilisation treatment.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole confirmed most miners and most of their South African shafts had indicated they would not report for duty.

“We've got HR mangers and our general managers on the ground, who are consolidating the statistics in terms of which shafts will be affected.”

This comes as the mine considers restructuring its South African operations, after economically crippling strike action last year.