Amplats miners hide body

Workers hid the body to show the media evidence of what they described as “police brutality”.

Police and paramedics remove a dead man near the Inkaneng settlement in Rustenburg on 5 October 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Striking mineworkers in Rustenburg on Friday said they hid the body of a man allegedly shot dead by police.

Workers said they hid the body to show the media evidence of what they described as "police brutality".

Eyewitness News was taken to the scene where the corpse had been hidden.

The body was placed on a hill near the Nkaneng informal settlement, the scene on Thursday's violent clashes between striking workers and police.

Officers used rubber bullets and water cannons in an attempt to restore calm in the area.

But workers claim police used live ammunition after they failed to disperse demonstrators.

On Friday, striking mineworkers from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) held a press conference near the scene where the body was found.

Strike leader Mametlwe Sebei said the miners decided to call the media to the scene first.

"The workers gathered here to say that if these people [the police] are going to remove the body, they must do so in full view of everyone."

Sebei said officers were notified on Thursday, but only arrived at the scene on Friday.

Forensic pathologists are still combing the area, while a handful of miners gathered a few metres away.