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Join us - Amplats strikers

Anglo American Platinum strike leaders spoke at the Olympia stadium in Rustenburg.

Anglo American Platinum strike leaders spoke at the Olympia stadium in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Rustenburg - Strike leaders in Rustenburg on Saturday called on police and all community members to join their strike for higher wages.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) strike leaders told more than 10 000 people at the Olympia stadium to intensify the strike.

Thousands of miners cheered loudly as strike leader Siphamandla Makhanya called on police to put down their guns and join their strike.

"The South African police are tired of killing us. So, if they feel tire of killing us, they must come and join us."

He said workers are not willing to settle for a once off payment and will only return to work once there is a solid wage hike offer on the table.

The miners were also being addressed by other strike leaders from Xstrata, Goldfields, Aquarius and Anglo Gold Ashanti.