Amplats workers stopped in their tracks

Striking Amplats miners are waiting for a permit to gather and discuss their next move.

Striking Amplats miners marched to the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 5 October, 2012, to discuss their next move after their colleague was killed the night before. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Striking miners from Anglo American's platinum (Amplats) operation in Rustenburg spent Friday morning waiting for a permit to gather at the Bleskop Stadium to discuss their next move.

Hundreds of people, including residents from the Inkaneng informal settlement and workers from neighboring mines, were among the crowd who made their way to the stadium only to find it locked.

It came after violent clashes with police on Thursday and demonstrations at the settlement earlier today.

The miners have been on a wage strike for three weeks now, demanding a basic salary of R16,000.

Less than 20 percent of mine's workforce reported for duty on Friday.

The workers' strike committee is meeting with the Public Safety Department, to once again apply for a permit to hold the meeting.

But the committee said its gathering would go ahead, even if their application was turned down.

The crowd had slowly started to thin-out, with dozens of people leaving to return to the informal settlement.

Meanwhile, police combed the scene where a man's body was found on Thursday evening.

Eyewitness News was shown the body, with protesters claiming the man was shot during clashes with police on Thursday afternoon.

Demonstrators said police fired live ammunition after attempts to disperse them using rubber bullets and teargas failed.