Police on high alert at Amplats

Rustenburg police will continue disarming striking Amplats miners and breaking up illegal gatherings.

Anglo Platinum miners make way for a police vehicle, as they march, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police in Rustenburg on Thursday said they would continue patrolling the streets after 22 people were arrested for gathering illegally near the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine on Wednesday.

Officers have maintained a high visibility in that area since miners went on strike last week Monday, demanding a R12,500 monthly salary.

Amplats management confirmed operations had resumed at the mine this week, but said striking miners had not returned to their jobs.

Police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said they would not tolerate any intimidation by miners.

He said they could continue to fulfill government's mandate to disperse illegal gatherings and disarm miners in possession of all dangerous weaponry.

More than 60 people have already been arrested this week for participating in illegal meetings.

Amplats miners have vowed not to return to work until management agrees to offer them better pay.

Their counterparts at Lonmin, also in the North West, have ended their five-week strike after a wage dispute with management.

They returned to work on Thursday morning.