Zuma called to enforce Amplats wage deal

Amplats miners have pleaded with management to honour a wage deal they agreed on.

Striking Anglo Platinum workers demonstrate at the company's Blesbok stadium, demanding a R12 500 salary. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Striking miners from Anglo American's Platinum (Amplats) mine are expected to gather again at the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on Friday.

More than 5,000 miners filled the stadium yesterday, calling on management to address their concerns about wage increases.

But management at the operation said they would only respond to the workers' demands on 25 September.

One worker told Eyewitness News miners would gather today and wait for high profile politicians to address them.

He called on President Jacob Zuma and expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema to visit them and address their grievances.

Amplats miners have demanded a basic salary of R12,500. They say an agreement with management already exists, but that it has not been honoured.

The group of disgruntled miners said unions and management had let them down, and only the country's most senior leaders could help.

Miners have appointed a strike committee, which they hope will negotiate better pay on their behalf.

Committee member Thami Mdoda said the situation at the mine had become unruly.

Protest action spread to Amplats after workers at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine downed their tools last month.

They are also demanding salaries of R12,500.