Amplats miners get protest permit

Amplats miners have gathered at Blesbok Stadium to discuss violence at the mine’s operations.

Amplats miners gather near the Rustenburg operation in September to discuss matters in their strike. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Miners at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine have applied for another permit to hold a mass meeting at the Bleskop Stadium in the North West on Thursday.

The miner's strike committee held a meeting with representatives from the Department of Public Safety to discuss recent violence at operations belonging to Amplats.

Strike leaders said they needed to hold another mass meeting to curb alleged intimidation of workers who wanted to report for duty.

The strike committee has appealed to mine management to halt all its operations and protect working miners.

They said they cannot prevent their colleagues from attacking the mine's property because the workers were frustrated that management did not want to negotiate with them.

At Amplats' Amandelbult operations, most of the miners have dispersed after gathering at some shafts earlier.

The committee said it hoped to meet with Amplats management later today to discuss the matter and possible wage talks.

Miners have over the past three weeks demanded a R16,000 monthly salary.