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Amplats miners to open case against cops

Amplats miners will charge police with murder after a colleague was allegedly killed with live ammo.

Striking Amplats workers hold up a poster of their colleague who was shot and killed with live ammunition allegedly by police. Picture: Govan Whittles

JOHANNESBURG - The situation at Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg mine is being closely watched on Monday with striking workers preparing to lay murder charges against police.

The strike leaders said they intend opening charges of murder and intimidation against police after their colleague was shot dead with live ammunition last Thursday.

Miners have been on a wage strike for more than three weeks.

The workers strike committee claims it's been meeting with mine management who apparently made a commitment to open direct negotiations.

But the committee said it doesn't trust management after 12,000 miners were fired without their representatives being consulted.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) said it supported the workers strike and appealed to management to open talks.

The DA's Winston Rabotapi said, "To fire 12,500 is not a solution. They should rather sit down around a table and talk."

The committee said it will hold another mass meeting with miners after their colleagues at Amplats Amandelbult operations joined their strike last week.