Amplat employees barricade public roads

Anglo Platinum employees barricaded the road between Amplats and Xstrata mines on Monday morning.

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

RUSTENBURG - Police dispersed Anglo Platinum employees who tried to barricade roads leading to surrounding mines near Rustenburg on Monday morning.

Less than 100 workers blocked the road from Amplats to Xstrata Mines, in an attempt to prevent the two companies from doing business with each other.

But the striking miners dispersed when police opened fire with rubber bullets.

The police's Thulani Ngubane said: "They were barricading the roads, but police managed to disperse the group. I can confirm the situation is calm and no arrests were made."

Strike leader Godfrey Lindani said the protest prevented everyone in the community from reporting for work.

"All taxis and cars were stopped, no one managed to go to work. Even the school children were prevented from going to school."

Meanwhile, operations at Anglo Gold Ashanti's Mponeng Mine on the West Rand remain suspended following an illegal sit in by miners last week.

The company suspended production when its property was vandalised and employees were allegedly threatened.

The mine's Alan Fine said they are continuing to speak to the workers strike committee and unions, but it is not safe to resume production yet.

"We're obviously hopeful that that will lead to something. We are awaiting signs that were will be able to return to work under normal working conditions."

Anglo Gold Ashanti said restructuring at its South African operations cannot be ruled out, as a result of ongoing strikes in the sector.