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Lonmin hopes Amcu will end strike

Lonmin says it is up to Amcu’s leadership to put an end to the ongoing unprotected strike.

Marikana miners down tools following the deaths of three people on 14 May 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

MARIKANA - Lonmin Mines on Wednesday said it hoped the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leadership would call off the unprotected strike in Marikana.

Thousands of miners downed tools on Tuesday saying that Amcu must be recognised as the majority union and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) must vacate their offices.

Miners gathered at the Wonderkop Stadium for a mass meeting.

Tensions have been growing since the weekend after the murder of top Amcu official Mawethu Stevens.

While union leaders assured Lonmin Mines they did not support the strike, majority of protesters were affiliated to Amcu.

Lonmin's Sue Veyi said it was up to Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa to tell his members to return to work.

"Hopefully he will be saying in that meeting that he doesn't support unprotected work stoppages."

Lonmin said Amcu was impatient about their rival union vacating their offices because the NUM has until July to do so.

However, miners who gathered at the stadium said NUM must leave or they would continue striking.

Mathunjwa said NUM must accept they are now the minority at Lonmin's Marikana mine and shut their offices down as they have done at other mines.

MURDERS

Stevens, an Amcu regional chairperson, was gunned down over the weekend at a local tavern.

He was expected to testify at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry which is investigating the August shooting at the mine in which 34 protesters were killed.

In 2012, a NUM official was killed before he could testify at the inquiry.

In March, a sangoma who reportedly supplied the miners with muti during the strike was gunned down outside his home in the Eastern Cape.