Sacked Amplats miners hold memorial service

A strike committee member said the memorial was peaceful, but community members were still angry.

Amplats miners hold up a picture of their comrade who was killed who was killed allegedly by police on 4 October 2012. Picture:Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Fired Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners on Wednesday held a memorial service for a man killed during clashes with police at the Inkaneng informal settlement near Rustenburg.

Mtshuquleni Qakamba's lifeless body was discovered two weeks ago after thousands of striking miners burnt tyres along a road and pelted police vehicles with rocks.

Officers then responded with force in a bid to disperse the demonstrators, who were demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

According to community members, the 48-year-old was shot at with live ammunition.

Representative Thami Mdoda said hundreds of people turned out for Qakamba's memorial service.

He said the service was peaceful.

But Mdoda said it was evident that community members were still angry.

Earlier in October, Amplats management dismissed 12,000 miners after they failed to attend disciplinary hearings in connection with their illegal strike.