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Strike in platinum sector continues

Around 100,000 mineworkers from Amplats, Implats and Lonmin platinum mines are on strike.

Around 100,000 mineworkers from Amplats, Implats and Lonmin platinum mines are on strike. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The second day of the strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is underway in Rustenburg with 100,000 miners downing tools for a basic wage of R12,500.

Amcu members at Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum started their strike by picketing at several of the mines on Thursday and police have confirmed no incidents of violence were reported.

The union's president, Joseph Mathunjwa, addressed close to 3,000 miners at Lonmin.

He says he's satisfied with how the strike started.

"It's peaceful and the workers are committed and energetic so all those who were saying negative things are eating humble pie."

Mathunjwa also warned political parties that the union will not allow the strike to be used for campaigning and political leaders will not be allowed to address Amcu members.

"No politician should come where we are gathered and try to address the crowd so they must call their own political rallies."

Meanwhile, Mathunjwa said on Thursday his union's members have agreed to reopen wage negotiations with platinum companies in talks facilitated by government.

Pictures by Vumani Mkhize/EWN

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced this week that government would facilitate negotiations to try and bring about a resolution as quickly as possible.

North West police were out in their numbers on the platinum belt to ensure a peaceful protest.