Amplats miners discuss next move

Thousands of striking Amplats workers have marched to the local stadium to discuss their future.

Striking Amplats workers march to the local stadium on 5 October, 2012 to dsicuss their future. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Striking workers from the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine in Rustenburg will gather at the local stadium on Friday morning, to discuss their next move.

More than 2,000 people, including striking miners from neighbouring mines and residents from the Inkaneng informal settlement, were among the crowd marching there earlier.

Their gathering follows violent clashes with police on Thursday and a demonstration at the informal settlement earlier on Friday - where residents burnt tyres on streets.

The miners have been on a wage strike for three weeks now, with less that 80 percent of the platinum mine's workforce reporting for duty this week.

Their counterparts from other North West mines joined their march in support of their fight to stop police from using full force and receive a R16,000 salary increase.

The strike committee decided to move their meeting to the stadium after police asked them to disperse from the area where a man was killed yesterday.

The committee said miners were angry about the killing and were worried the situation would soon get out of hand - as it did in Marikana.

Striking workers believe police fired live ammunition after attempts to disperse them using rubber bullets and teargas failed.

In August, a strike by Lonmin workers from it's Marikana operation led to violent attacks that claimed 46 lives.

Those include the 34 miners gunned down by police during clashes in Wonderkop, Marikana, also in the North West.