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Amplats miners refuse to return to work

The miners say they will not return to work and will plan more protests to demand higher wages.

Anglo Platinum workers gather at the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners on Tuesday said they will not return to work and will plan more demonstrations to demand higher wages.

The miners met again earlier on Tuesday, following a violent confrontation with police.

Last week, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) secured a deal with the mine management to allow 12,000 dismissed employees the opportunity to return to work.

A few hundred miners dispersed from the Komanani shaft after holding a mass meeting to plan their response to Tuesday's violence.

A miner was shot by Amplats security at the Bathopele mine shaft in Rustenburg.

Police said striking miners stopped a truck that was delivering a payload between two mine shafts when mine security arrived on the scene.

A guard then used live ammunition to disperse the crowd.

The miners said they will continue meeting at their respective shafts.

Strike leader Godfrey Lindani said they tried to convince the miners not to vandalise Amplats property.

He said they will gather again on Wednesday, but he would not say what they were planning.

The miners are demanding a salary of R16,000 a month.

Two police nyalas are patrolling the mine.

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