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Violence breaks out at Amcu strike

Protesters claim they were provoked by mine security during the strike at Khuseleka shaft.

The police presence has been increased at Anglo Platinum's Rustenburg mine as miners prepare to go on strike. Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Clashes have broken out between striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members and mine security at Anglo Platinum's Khuseleka shaft this morning.

The clashes erupted when the miners started gathering on the second day of their wage strike.

Workers claim they were provoked by mine security during a mass meeting at the shaft.

The roads have been blocked with rocks and a police nyala is patrolling the area.

Amcu officials also claim that mine security opened fire on workers with a water cannon to disperse the meeting.

The workers have now regrouped and are preparing to be addressed by their leaders.

NON AMCU MEMBERS NOT REPORTING FOR DUTY

At the same time, non-striking miners at Anglo Platinum's Thembalani shaft in Rustenburg are not reporting for duty this morning as the Amcu members are blocking the entrance to the shaft.

Miners blocking a bridge at Amplats's Thembalani shaft, checking who is reporting for duty. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

A large group of miners has been screening every employee at the shaft entrance to make sure they're not Amcu members.

But this has led to miners that aren't on strike staying at home because of fear of being assaulted.

Amcu is demanding a basic wage of R12,500 for its members at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum.

North West police have confirmed there have been several violent incidents on the platinum belt overnight and have once again appealed to Amcu to ensure its members remain peaceful.

At Anglo Platinum roads were blocked overnight with burning tyres and rubble while at Impala Platinum's number 13 shaft passing motorists were pelted with rocks.

In the Wonderkop township in Marikana a Chinese furniture shop was burnt to the ground but no arrests have been made for any of the violence.

The police's Thulane Ngubane says such violence could have a direct impact on the future of the strike.

"Our plea is for union leaders to ensure they engage their members to refrain from being violent."

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