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Govt hosts talks between Amcu, mines

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says a settlement will be reached “one way or another”.

Amcu members on strike at Anglo American Platinum's mine in Rustenburg. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MARIKANA - Government-mediated talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and South Africa's three platinum giants are underway at the CCMA headquarters in Johannesburg as thousands of miners remain on strike in the North West.

Mining Minister Susan Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant are facilitating the negotiations which are being attended by senior leaders from Impala Platinum, Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum.

The talks are taking place a day after Amcu began a strike in the platinum sector for a basic salary of R12,500.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said the union was heading into the talks well aware of who they would be negotiating with.

"This is a struggle. We are facing the beast called capitalism. It's not something very easy but we cannot fold our hands."

But Mathunjwa said they were being realistic about the duration of the strike.

"We cannot preempt the negotiations at the end of the day. But surely we cannot be forever on a strike. The settlement has to be reached one way or another."

Earlier on Friday, violence reportedly broke out between Amcu strikers at Amplats's Khuseleka shaft.

Meanwhile, in Marikana, Lonmin miners have dispersed from a stadium where picketing is taking place.

On Thursday, when the strike kicked off, Mathunjwa addressed thousands of members at Wonderkop Stadium, promising to bring them victory.