Situation at Amplats still tense

Police have still not recovered the body of a miner killed near Amplats mine in Rustenburg.

Miners march outside the Inkaneng township near Anglo American Platinum's mine in North West province. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Police are attempting to recover the body of a man who was killed on Thursday, during a violent protest by striking miners from Anglo American Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, North West.

The situation there remained tense on Friday morning.

The man was killed and several workers were injured following confrontations between police and miners gathered illegally on a hill near the Inkaneng informal settlement.

Almost 80 percent of the Amplats workers have been on a wage strike for three weeks, severely affecting operations.

Miners are demanding a basic salary of R16,000.

The body was discovered after a four-hour long stand-off between police and more than 100 strikers on the hill.

Police fired several rounds of teargas at the men after they refused to disperse.

One miner told Eyewitness News his colleague was killed by police who opened fire with live ammunition shortly after they fired the teargas.

He said police fired shots while they attempted to climb up the hill.

Striking miners showed Eyewitness News the body which was hidden in a thick bush, and police said they had been unable to recover it because workers were still gathered on the hill this morning.

The Amplats strike was sparked by a 5-week stoppage at Lonmin's Marikana mine, also in the North West.

Violence in that strike claimed 46 lives and injured at least 78 others.

The dispute between Lonmin workers and management was resolved after miners were offered wage increases of between 11 and 22 percent.