Amcu 'excluded' from Lonmin wage talks

Amcu is shocked and angered after it was not informed about a new offer from Lonmin bosses.

Police monitor the Marikana area around the Lonmin mines following violent clashes.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said it was shocked and angered after it was not informed about a new offer from mining bosses.

On Saturday, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) announced that Lonmin increased its wage offer for striking Marikana miners.

The mining giant offered a R1,300 increase for basic workers.

But Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa claims his union was excluded from wage negotiations.

Meanwhile, a tribal council leader in Marikana believes the injuries sustained by some of his colleagues show that live ammunition was used to disperse the crowds.

Glen Setuke said he was giving miners feedback on the wage negotiations when police stormed through the veld and fired rubber bullets on Saturday.

At least 14 people were arrested and several others injured.

Setuke said hospital personnel could not determine if the injuries were caused by rubber bullets.

Saturday's police operation comes just a day after eight Cabinet ministers announced that government would enforce a crackdown on illegal strikes in the mining sector.