Police turn away sacked Amplats marchers

Almost 1,000 dismissed workers from Amplats have dispersed peacefully from Rustenburg's city centre.

Striking Anglo American Platinum workers. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Almost 1,000 workers dismissed by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine last week dispersed peacefully from Rustenburg's city centre on Wednesday.

Police said the miners had no permission to march and were told to leave soon after arriving at the regional offices of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Miners said they went there to cancel their membership with the union after 12,000 workers were dismissed by mine management for failing to attend disciplinary hearings in connection to their illegal strike.

Police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said various groups gathered at the NUM offices earlier.

He said marchers dispersed peacefully after they were told to first obtain permission to gather in the area.

Miners abandoned their posts in September and have been demanding a R16,000 basic monthly salary.

NUM and other unions have been accused by its members of not representing them well in their fight for better pay.

Striking miners across the country have, as a result, entered wage talks without the unions.